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Are you concerned about classroom passivity? Are all your learners engaged? Are your pupils curious? Add precision to your learning walks and lesson observations with this new tool.

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Take their learning in new directions

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.

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Develop independent thinking.
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The Universal Thinking Framework

Enable your teaching staff to create learning pathways that really get their class thinking. The framework supports teachers to design deeper learning experiences and enables pupils to successfully engage with the curriculum.

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

Simon Tresidder, Senior Lecturer, Birmingham City University
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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.

Skill progression can now be monitored in your schools assessment tracker. Contact us to find out how this works.

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Developing Metacognition and Learner Independence in your School

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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.

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Sensible pricing for every school

Our annual school membership offer means that your classrooms have the tools to plan, deliver and assess classroom thinking and learning.
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What's in your school membership?

School memberships are calculated on the size of your school

£3 per pupil per year

Minimum of £400 and a maximum of £2500 per school.

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