CRITICAL AND CREATIVE THINKING FOR YOUNG MINDS

Learn how to analyse important issues, think for yourself, generate solutions and communicate ideas persuasively. 

We offer fun, lively courses and workshops for 12- to 18-year-olds. Our sessions are tutor-led and run in small groups to ensure a high level of interaction. They complement and extend subject-based learning at school and are ideal for young people who will enjoy tackling new challenges, and having the opportunity to exchange fresh ideas with peers around the world.

 

In an age of automated learning and exam-led regurgitation of facts, we teach students how to learn through intelligent questioning and debate. We foster the development of essential transferable skills - critical thinking, effective communication, teamwork, creativity, understanding different perspectives - by exploring a spectrum of global challenges. 

ONLINE LEARNING

We offer courses, one-off workshops and 1:1 tuition to suit a variety of timetables and preferences including half-term and holiday courses, and weekend workshops.

All our online learning sessions offer:

  • Tutoring from Oxford or Cambridge graduates

  • 100% live teaching (no recorded modules)

  • A supportive environment in which to develop valuable new skills

Our courses and workshops are run with small group sizes and provide an opportunity to work collaboratively with peers elsewhere in the country or the world

Residential COURSES

Our residential courses, hosted by Oxford University's Lady Margaret Hall, offer rigorous training in critical thinking and a chance to make new, international friends in a world-famous city. 

 

Residential courses offer:

  • Morning classes each weekday in small groups 

  • Afternoon activities including team-building, cultural excursions and intellectual challenges

  • An evening and weekend programme of extra-curricular activities to build a strong network of international friends

Residential courses will resume in Summer 2021

WHAT EVERY STUDENT NEEDS TO KNOW

Knowledge is available to all of us at the tap of a screen. What we really need to succeed in the globalised world are the transferable skills that enable us to use all that knowledge effectively: critical and creative thinking, shrewd analysis, the ability to process and synthesise information and to articulate ourselves well. These skills sit at the heart of the Catalyst programme. 

 

Catalyst is academic but not subject-specific, giving students from any and every discipline the know-how they need to be able to demonstrate above and beyond good grades. We kindle curiosity in cutting-edge issues, encouraging students to be reflective but also getting them to think on their feet. Our lively debates, STEAM-based challenges and collaborative group work make our students better equipped to succeed at school, in interviews, college and university careers and in the world beyond.

“We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.”

E. O. Wilson

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