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Life-long learning: a Thinking school’s approach

At The Charles Dickens School we believe that education is more than the sum of subjects. It is also about what you learn and how you learn.

Research by The Sutton Trust has shown that when pupils understand how they think and learn they make greater progress and become more resilient and adaptable. We believe, along with mastery of Mathematics and English, these will be the key skills to future success in an ever-changing and technological world. Our pupils will be given opportunities to discover more about how they learn and will be given real “thinking tools” to support them in their learning, particularly more complex problem-solving and creativity. They will be encouraged to work together in teams and enjoy new friendships, take on roles of responsibility and develop a mature sense of values.



“In Year 7, everyone was very supportive and helped me to settle in. Now, in Year 11, I am still supported, but I am being encouraged to be an independent learner”.
- Y11 Prefect