Vanguard Learning Trust

By Martina Lecky, 3rd July 2024

In 2020 a partnership was put in place between the Let’s Think Forum (LTF) and Vanguard Learning Trust (VLT), a multi-academy trust in the London Borough of Hillingdon comprising two secondary, one junior and two primary schools.  The partnership established a hub which aimed to develop teachers’ classroom practice with the Let’s Think (LT) methodology […]

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The Joy of Learning

By Alan Edmiston, 15th May 2024

For the past two years I have been on an interesting professional journey and it is one that has been characterised by great joy. So much so that I have called this reflective blog “The joy of learning”. From the outset there are three people I need to acknowledge: Mundher Adhami, my mentor and author […]

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Developing leaders of Let’s Think in schools

By Sarah Seleznyov, 18th April 2024

  What skills and knowledge do leaders need to confidently lead Let’s Think in their schools?  This is the question I asked myself when designing a Leading Let’s Think programme for three schools in England.   I came up with a long list of ideas:   These leaders need to be able to teach strong […]

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Bringing the benefits of Primary Geography to Let’s Think (2)

By Stuart Twiss, 13th March 2024

In the last blog, Bringing the benefits of Let’s Think to Primary Geography Part 1 « Let’s Think ( we looked at the claims made by Let’s Think, how that depends, in part, on lesson structure and how, in this primary Geography project we saw, as in other Let’s Think interventions, a profound impact on […]

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Bringing the benefits of Let’s Think to Primary Geography Part 1

By Stuart Twiss, 15th February 2024

What is our claim, as the Let’s Think Forum?  It is that we can design materials and a pedagogic approach that can accelerate the cognitive development of children. We also claim that this acceleration can persist and affect broad domains of achievement, particularly if our approach is used during periods of development when children are […]

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Sticking with it: how dialogic habits take time

By Michael Walsh, 17th January 2024

  Cath Dawson from Bexley Grammar School shares her thoughts on how Let’s Think in English helps develop cognitive and dialogic habits over time. Early sessions of Let’s Think sessions can feel much more stilted and less satisfying than later sessions where the skills and practice have a deeper foundation… Having taught Let’s Think consistently […]

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How Cognitive Acceleration originated in Israel

By Laurie Smith, 14th November 2023

At this time of conflict in Israel and Gaza, with terrible loss of life on both sides and the risk of more widespread war, I thought it might be helpful to recall that Cognitive Acceleration originated in Israel – that CA is an eventual outcome from a more hopeful period of Israel’s history. It feels […]

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‘An indelible mark’: Cognitive Acceleration teaches us lessons that stick

By David Bailey, 19th October 2023

Cognitive acceleration as a teacher   When I trained to be a teacher in the mid 1990s, I trained in what was then a traditional route – a degree and a PGCE at a university. My choice of university would be one that led towards experiencing Cognitive Acceleration at a very early stage in my […]

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New Year, New start, New talk culture

By Leah Crawford, 27th September 2023

As long as I have worked in education, I have never really lived by the rhythm of the Julian calendar.  The new year, with all its intimations of new horizons and fresh starts always feels like it starts for me in September, never January.  Yet however positive one’s outlook, most teachers acknowledge feelings of enthusiasm […]

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The power of live teaching for professional learning

By Sarah Seleznyov, 30th August 2023

One of the things that makes Let’s Think special is that all tutors on the programme teach: unlike many professional development programmes where the facilitator provides an input and supports teachers to consider how they can implement this into their own practice, the Let’s Think Tutor will ask for a class to teach and show […]

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