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.

Catalyst Director, Alex, explains why critical thinking is so important for young people today

Curriculum Director Tom Ziessen talks about what young people learn in our sessions


  • Bookings now open for Summer 2021

  • Choose from a variety of modules all
    of which will develop critical thinking
    and presentation skills regardless of your
    age and stage

  • Max 10 students to a class

  • Build your own course by selecting modules that match your needs and interests

From £20 per hour 
per student

weekend Workshops

  • 2-hour workshops 

  • Max 10 students to a class

  • Practise a skill or explore a controversial topic as a critical thinker

  • Choice of morning or afternoon slots

from £40 per student

1:1 Tuition and Longer Courses

  • 1:1 Tuition - Individual coaching with one of our tutors to develop and practise critical thinking skills 

  • Courses offering a comprehensive introduction to critical thinking plus debate and presentation skills are available for school or group bookings

  • Bespoke course timetables and content can be arranged

"The feedback about the sessions was unanimously positive and the students were very appreciative. The main benefits they identified were as follows:

 - Being forced to think about questions they could prepare for and getting feedback from their peers on their delivery was effective

- The activity in which they answered questions that they couldn’t prepare for had a big impact on them;

- They liked the spontaneity and interactivity of the workshop;

- The workshop helped them identify key issues and fix them in a constructive and personalised way;

The tutor was friendly and kind, and helped them to feel more at ease.”

Head of Year 13, Camden School for Girls (Oxbridge interview workshop)

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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.    

"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

Why are these
courses needed?

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. 


"Geena really enjoyed her course and felt she gained a lot from it. We only wish it was on-going. She found her tutor 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