Teaching Critical Thinking in Mathematics KS3/KS4

With much greater focus on mathematical problem solving and critical thinking in the revised curriculum, deeper and independent learning skills are ever more important in the classroom.

The British Council has collaborated with the NCETM to offer this free course in Manchester commencing on Thursday 11th May to support and help you to explore practical ways of developing and implementing these fundamental elements of mathematics teaching and learning.

Training Dates and Times (2016/2017)

Dates: 11 May & 13 July 2017
Times: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Altrincham Grammar School for Girls



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Programme structure

This course is recommended for those teaching or leading mathematics at key stages 3 and 4, who wish to develop the use of problem solving skills and critical thinking in this challenging, new aspect of the curriculum.

This comprehensive blend of face to face sessions bridged with dedicated mentor support is structured to help you to:

  • Develop deeper thinking and understanding around non-routine problems through effective questioning
  • Encourage your learners to think critically and solve problems by modelling thinking processes.
  • Provide systematic feedback and correction through assessment for learning.
  • Undertake your own action research experimenting with one model/idea in a structured way back in the classroom
  • Develop leadership and self-evaluation techniques to successfully embed approaches in your practice


Once you complete the training there is a unique opportunity to bring the world into your classroom with a £3,000 grant from the British Council to complete a study visit to a school in Africa, Asia or Middle East