Think Learn Challenge (TLC) passionately believes that all learners have the right to success. We strive to deliver the highest quality advice, consultancy, training, research and classroom materials. All our key messages and methodologies are based solely on sound educational research with proven success. Over the past ten years, TLC have worked with governments to develop policy, authored high-quality classroom and curricular materials and delivered training to thousands of teachers both in the UK and internationally.
All our inset courses are interactive and designed as a series of hands-on workshops sharing best practice, covering a wide range of skills, competencies and subjects. They can be offered online or face-to-face. Our training ranges in length from twilights to three days and is delivered across Wales in the most relevant language for that location. All materials are available bilingually and are freely available to participants electronically for use back in school.
All of our inset courses are centred around Curriculum for Wales. We offer a free Making Sense of Curriculum for Wales online course for those who are new to its development and require an overview of the changes. Beyond this there are several supporting online CPD opportunities. These include: How can we design your Curriculum for Wales?, What is the best pedagogical approach to improve teaching and learning? and a suite of Problem Solving courses based around a delivery framework for Curriculum for Wales.
Our consultants have many years’ experience in the development and implementation of formative and summative assessment, this includes a wide range of strategies used within assessment for learning and standardisation of assessment and qualifications to national level. Assessment for learning is an essential part of classroom practice as embedded in Curriculum for Wales and is proven to improve learner outcomes.
Digital literacy is a high priority in Wales, through Curriculum for Wales and its Digital Competence Framework (DCF). Many teachers still lack the confidence to deal with this challenge. Our consultants have a thorough understanding of the issues and challenges that schools face with implementing the DCF and incorporating Digital literacy into their classrooms. After successfully delivery a three-year training programme on behalf of the British Council on Digital literacy, our consultants will use their expertise to deliver practical school-based advice and training on how to use digital media effectively and safely to improve lesson quality.
Curriculum for Wales is centred around the four purposes of learning, utilising the 12 pedological principles. Over the years we have delivered many courses focusing on these purposes and principles including a 3-year training programme on behalf of the British Council specifically on Critical Thinking and Problem Solving.
Preparing for Curriculum for Wales, schools are keen to develop more cross-curricular approaches to learning. TLC has a huge range of experience in developing cross-curricular learning plans and classroom activities.
TLC, in partnership with Tinopolis, was privileged to be involved with supporting the introduction of the Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF) and produced the initial mainstream Guidance under contract to the Welsh Government. We pride ourselves in our understanding of best practice in planning for and delivering the LNF aspect of the Cross-curricular skills, progression through it, and formative and summative assessment of, learners’ literacy and numeracy skills.
We have a wide range of highly knowledgeable and experienced subject specialist facilitators. All have had whole school responsibility and have successfully taught for many years. Many work within Awarding Organisations (AOs) for GCSE and/or A level or are Regulators of AOs for Ofqual and/or Qualifications Wales. Therefore, they are ideally placed to understand current issues within their field. All of our specialists are strong and engaging facilitators who believe passionately that all children deserve success. Currently, we offer subject-specific inset in science and technology, STEM, humanities, modern foreign languages, music, English and Welsh second language from Foundation Phase, KS2, KS3 and post-16. All our subject-specific courses focus on best practice in implementing the subject within its Area of Learning and Experience (AoLE) and linking across to other AoLEs.
We offer a range of CPD opportunities for aspiring school leaders. Our consultants in this field are all recent successful senior school managers from both the primary and secondary phases. We look at the role of middle and senior managers and how individual participants' skills and knowledge can be improved. This is supplemented with mentoring through the process of applying for a middle or senior management post, interview technique and strategies to improve participants' chances of promotion.