Critical thinking – an introduction for teachers



Full course description

Who is this training package for?

School teachers who want to learn more about the critical thinking skills for students and plan ways of integrating critical thinking learning and teaching into everyday classroom practice

What will it cover?

Learn more about critical thinking skills that research shows are essential for preparing young people to live and work in today’s globalised economy:

  • what is critical thinking?
  • consider different perspectives on issues
  • gathering and assessing evidence
  • non-routine problems and deep structures

The aim of the course is to learn about and plan ways of integrating the teaching and learning of critical thinking skills into everyday school practice. This does not mean changing the curriculum. It means adding an extra dimension to what you teach and how you teach it. 


What will I take away?

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • explain what critical thinking skills are and why they're important in quality learning
  • identify differences between surface learning and deep learning
  • analyse your current practice through the lens of critical thinking skills and identify three key teaching actions
  • explain the key idea of formative assessment and how the effective use of assessment can have an impact in your classes
  • structure a lesson plan to engage students in solving non-routine problems

Practical Information


This course is self-paced so you can take as little or as long as you like to complete it.

  • Online study: three to four hours

Supported Browsers

Please note, you will need to use one of the following web browsers to access the training package: 

  • Chrome 79 and 80
  • Firefox 72 and 73
  • Edge 79 and 80
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser 
  • Safari 12 and 13 (Macintosh only)
  • Flash (for recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files)

You may start this training package at any time.


Sign up for this course today.