ONLINE COURSES IN CRITICAL THINKING
We offer a range of courses and workshops at different times and in different formats to suit a variety of timetables. They fall into three categories (see details below).
"Our son found this to be a very good program, he really developed through the course and his confidence was definitely boosted. He enjoyed doing the presentations most, analysing other speakers' presentation styles and thinking on his feet. He's much more conscious now of his speech in general. He was nervous before it took off but settled in very well thanks to his tutor, Ben, who he got on brilliantly with. He really enjoyed the tutor interaction. Would we book another course? Definitely!"
Parent of Sidhesh, 13, Ireland
"Albert definitely got better at debating through taking part in the 'Introduction to debating' workshop: it was a good length and he developed skills in analysis and listening. He thought the tutor was very nice and would like to do another workshop in the future."
Parent of Albert, 13, UK
What to expect
All tutors are graduates from Oxford or Cambridge University. They are enthusiastic, dedicated, and enjoy fostering understanding of complex issues in a way that makes them engaging and personally relevant to students.
They will be teaching a curriculum developed by Oxford Catalyst, allowing them to keep content consistent while bringing their own personal character and flair to the lessons.
We place a core emphasis on learning how to give and receive constructive criticism, developing an independent perspective and questioning mindset, taking a creative approach to problem-solving, and communicating a sense of personal identity.
Lessons are taught via secure video link. Students will simply need a reliable internet connection and a quiet space in which to work. Headphones or a headset are helpful but not essential.
"Geena really enjoyed her course and felt she gained a lot from it. We only wish it was on-going. She found her tutor, Ben, very engaging and fun. I could hear her laughing from the other room, which is so lovely as I want her to enjoy learning.
The structure of the sessions worked for Geena. She felt motivated and supported. I think it has given her confidence and drive a boost – as a mum, I can see a change! We would love to continue with sessions in order to build on what she has learnt so she just continues to become stronger and more confident. Thank you – I'm so glad we found you!"
Parent of Geena 15, UK
Why are these
We are seeing exponential growth in the use of online education, accelerated in the past year by the spread of Covid-19. This presents many wonderful opportunities but, some things are hard to replicate in the virtual world. An increased reliance on automated platforms or algorithm-based learning means less personal interaction. And while maths and language apps, for example, are excellent tools for tracking progress, and building speed and accuracy, they are all essentially based on the same model – delivering information and testing students’ ability to reproduce it.
As the future becomes more automated, it's important that those educational tools are balanced with more holistic, personalised learning that teaches children and young people how to communicate effectively and persuasively, and to filter the vast amount of information that they need to process every day in the real world and use it to best effect. In short, it is more important than ever that children and young people are not just taught facts, but taught how to think and communicate.
“I was really pleased with the debating skills workshop and what it offered. The feedback was thorough and encouraging, too, and showed the tutors really got to know my son and how to develop and expand his skill set in just one morning. Andrew has said he would be interested in taking part in another one soon.”
Parent of Andrew, Scotland
"I learned research skills and how to link two points better together and how to research information and to proof read information to check it's correct and comes from a reliable source. I also learned about the structure of a debate – and I enjoyed the debate itself the best." Andrew, 14, Scotland