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Explore the Universal Thinking Framework

Find out why this new concept is so important and how your school can use it to improve educational outcomes.

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Step-by-Step Thinking Guides

The Universal Thinking Framework helps learners successfully take on tasks such as planning or decision making. Use it for developing the confidence your pupils need to become lifelong learners.

Create engaging learning paths.
Develop independent thinking.
Enhance learning outcomes.
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Our growing selection of Thinking Guides means that you will always be able to provide the right type of scaffolding for your learners.

With the right sort of thinking, any challenge is achievable

The Universal Thinking Framework is the outcome of years of frustration at seeing students not reaching their academic potential. It’s purpose is to help children understand how to think and learn effectively. It’s easy to adopt and provides classrooms with a clear language for learning.

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Each of the frameworks five sections starts with a question to help the user identify the most appropriate thinking action.

How do I get started?

Initiating a learning task.

How should I organise my ideas?

Connecting and relating ideas.

How do I know this?

Explaining and evidencing.

How can I communicate my understanding?

Integrating language.

What can I do with my new knowledge?

Doing something purposeful with the knowledge.

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” Mark Twain

"We use the framework for teacher training, curriculum planning and 'on the fly' delivery during lessons. It keeps students thinking and gives teachers 'cognitive ammunition'!"

Phil Burgess, Teaching School Director, Bottisham Village College

"‘The framework provides teachers with a tool to devise specific learning sequences."

Simon Tresidder, Senior Lecturer, Birmingham City University
TESTIMONIALS

What do schools think?

Over the last year, we have been collaborating with a wide range of educational providers. Their feedback has helped shape the taxonomy into what it is today.

FAQs

Is it like SOLO or Blooms taxonomy?

Not really. There is no implied hierarchy with this taxonomy. Fundamentally, it is a learning design tool. Knowledge has to be carefully constructed before you can use it creatively. We have used up-to-date ideas about cognition and knowledge. In many classrooms, Blooms has been taken out of context and distracted staff away from the core of their subject.

How do we use it?

It helps teachers think through instructional tasks and children understand what they are being asked to do. It can be used in powerpoints, worksheets, books and planning meetings.

Is it about thinking or knowledge?

Both. This sensible approach embraces the idea that we cannot think with nothing. Knowledge is both a cause and effect of thinking. We need a new generation of expert thinkers and at the very least, this will help children to become independent, lifelong learners.

As a school, is this for us?

If you tick any of these boxes the answer is yes:
a) You want your pupils to do more of the thinking.
b) You use knowledge organisers but think you could get more out of them.
c) You are looking further ahead than just test results.

Is it for primary or secondary?

Both. If you are in the business of learning you are in the business of making thinking happen.

Universal Thinking Framework Membership

Sensible pricing for every school

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£350 per year

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£600 per year

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£900 per year

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Ebooks

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Every member of staff

Physical Cards

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Professional Development

Monthly Thematic Webinars

Optional Ongoing Support

Various options available

Various options available

Various options available

Access

Thinking guides (and future releases)

Classroom Powerpoints and Icons

Curriculum Support Materials

Research Repository

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Interactive Guide Builder

User Created Thinking Guides

Digital Badging System

Research into Practice Journal

Materials

Physical Books

10 Copies

Ebooks

Every member of staff

Physical Books

10 Copies

Professional Development

Monthly Thematic Webinars

Optional launch/ongoing support

Access

Thinking Guides

Classroom Powerpoints and Icons

Curriculum Support Materials

Research Repository


Please order your membership by emailing:

paul@structural-learning.com
Materials

Physical Books

20 Copies

Ebooks

Every member of staff

Physical Cards

20 Copies

Professional Development

Monthly Thematic Webinars

Optional Ongoing Support

Various options available

Access

Thinking Guides

Classroom Powerpoints and Icons

Curriculum Support Materials

Research Repository


Please order your membership by emailing:

paul@structural-learning.com
Materials

Physical Cards

30 Copies

Ebooks

Every member of staff

Physical Cards

30 Copies

Professional Development

Monthly Thematic Webinars

Optional Ongoing Support

Access

Thinking Guides

Classroom Powerpoints

Curriculum Support Materials

Research Repository


Please order your membership by emailing:

paul@structural-learning.com