Thinking for learning

At Derby High we are committed to ensuring that our students leave us with great exam results but also as effective independent learners. We follow a Thinking Skills programme underpinned by Art Costa's Habits of Mind, such as ‘Taking a Responsible Risk', ‘Persistence', ‘Managing your Impulsivity' and ‘Creativity'. We value these Habits because they are student-owned, and so become a part of everyone's own, portable, toolbox for learning.

Across the curriculum students will have access to a wide range of classroom activities that support and develop the Habits and which are designed to promote higher order thinking. Moreover Key Stage 4 classes have a discrete Thinking Skills lesson built into their timetable, where they can explore the concepts of Habits of Mind explicitly.