From the earliest years, girls are introduced to 'critical thinking'. Through specific lessons the children are encouraged to ask questions and engage in dialogue with other to solve problems, often in 'team' situations. Teaching in this way enables even very small children to think big. Offering opportunities to allow children to think critically and apply reasoning improves scores in literacy, speaking and listening, and maths tests. It has a positive impact on emotional wellness and self-belief.
Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.
The benefits of 'critical thinking' with children and young people go further. It calls on imagination and reasoning and puts these capacities to work exploring values, assumptions and vital concepts like justice, truth, knowledge and beauty. Children become reasonable in both senses of the word - they are adept at reasoning and they are open to the reasoning of others.
Critical thinking realises the potential that individual pupils have of being self-directed and capable of rigorous and original thought. We want our girls to be creative thinkers, not exam-passing automatons.