How to develop critical thinking through reading and writing?

We have created a unique professional development programme for primary school teachers that is focused on this question.


  • Teachers will be able to build critical thinking skills in students through reading and writing.
  • Teachers will be able to identify and solve problems in their classroom.
  • Teachers will be able to describe and use research-based strategies.

How the programme works?

  • Sessions are highly practical: they are facilitated by excellent teachers and involve regular practice with curriculum-aligned learning resources.
  • Content is relevant: the programme involves collaborative learning among a group of 8 teachers, so the content can be tailored to meet individual needs.
  • Programme is affordable: short 60-minute sessions every 2 weeks, getting to know each other in-person, then learning online. No travel time, no cover costs, affordable price.
  • Each session involves discussion and evaluation of student work, practice of new skills, lesson planning to incorporate new ideas.

Topics that will be covered

  • What is critical thinking and why is it so hard to teach?
  • Making critical thinking possible - motivation
  • Domain knowledge as the enabler
  • Considering different viewpoints when reading and writing
  • Analysing different assumptions
  • Making judgments and decisions

Find out more

Find out more about our introductory sessions by emailing


Thinking critically should be taught in the context of subject matter. /.../ Critical thinking is not just for advanced students. /.../ To teach critical thinking strategies, make them explicit and practice them.
— Daniel Willingham, "Critical thinking: why is it so hard to teach?"