Webinar IX

Webinar VIIII: Promoting Critical Thinking

How critical thinking can support pupils in their ability to question and think for themselves

Thursday 14th May 2015 | 4:00pm–4:45pm (45 minutes)

Critical thinking is an important skill in 21st century learning. Education's overall goal is to produce students that will be able to think critically and not just absorb information.  

Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally, and includes the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking. Thinking critically means seeing both sides of an issue, being open to new evidence that confirms your ideas, reasoning dispassionately, demanding that claims be backed by evidence, deducing and inferring conclusions from available facts, solving problems. Critical thinking is also the ability to solve problems through the use of reasoning, and the ability to identify flaws in an argument.

Critical thinking also builds higher order thinking, speaking and listening skills. It creates respect for others, promotes engagement with learning and enhances educational development.

Consequently, this webinar will help teachers   
  • Understand the benefits of training pupils in critical thinking;
  • With ideas to promote critical thinking in the classroom;
  • Demonstrate how critical thinking supports interfaith activities between pupils


Claire Clinton, Religious Education Advisor

Claire Clinton is an experienced teacher within EYFS, Primary and Secondary education.  She has over 20 years of classroom experience, and 16 years of advisory work at a national and local level. Claire is presently the Religious Education Advisor for the London Borough of Newham for eight years prior to which she was a RE consultant for the London Borough of Redbridge and Essex County Council. 

Lisa Naylor, Advance Skills Teacher in Philosophy for Children and expert in critical thinking methodologies

Lisa Naylor is a Advanced Skills practitioner (AST) in Philosophy for Children (P4C) and teaches at Gallions Primary School in the London Borough of Newham. Since 2005, she has been a registered trainer with the Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education (SAPERE) and was involved in the production of their acclaimed PC4 training resource ‘Thinking Allowed’. As a She frequently runs P4C courses, as well as INSETs and training for schools in Newham and across the country.

You can view the webinar here.
You can view the accompanying presentation here.