Professional Development for Quality Teaching


A Cross-Curriculum Approach

Published: Jul 2020
15 mins


Hinchley Wood School in Surrey has developed Thinking Smart, a new approach to the Key Stage 3 curriculum based on the RSA's Opening Minds programme.

This high-attaining school believes that its students can do even better by Thinking Smart, using the cross-curricular approach with an emphasis on group work and core competencies.

The school's innovations have also led to an 80 per cent drop in exclusions and a 50 per cent drop in behaviour incidents.

Head of science Sue Eacott has been won over by the approach. In this programme, she teaches a lesson on cells which is full of wonderful examples of student creativity and collaboration.

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