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Thinking for Themselves by Paul Main, Dubai


Date: 27-28 nov 2020
Location: UAE, Dubai
Venue: Holiday Inn Barsha, www.hialbarshadubai.com (special room rate for event)

The purpose of the workshop is to help teaching staff develop strategies that get their class to think more effectively. Critical thinking is an essential academic and life skill that students can master. Over the two day event participants will explore tools and techniques that promote reflective, creative and logical thinking. Delegates will receive an overview of the current research landscape in this area and master an array of practical strategies for the classroom. The workshop will be relevant for Primary and Secondary colleagues.

Paul began working in schools through the large-scale Arts Council Creative Partnerships Program. This research project explored how creativity could be utilised across primary and secondary schools in England. Working across 100 organisations in the North-West of England, he was able to develop a strong sense of what worked in the classroom. Paul joined Futurelab at NFER in 2012 where his work focused on developing critical thinking and metacognitive practice. Supporting schools in developing action research projects, he was able to see first-hand what impact ‘deeper thinking’ had on attainment. During this time he experimented with handheld devices and more traditional approaches to get everyone thinking hard.


Using Research-Evidence in the classroom became the ‘way to do things’ and it was at this time he joined Oliver Caviglioli and Ian Harris on their pedagogical platform ‘Teachinghow2s’. Pauls role was to support schools with utilising the latest research to develop classroom practice. In 2017 he created Structural Learning whose mission it is to get everyone thinking more effectively. He creates resources and professional learning materials for teachers that are dedicated to developing independent learners. His areas of expertise lie in Metacognition, critical thinking and creativity.


All teachers

Day 1

8:30 – 9:00 Participants arrival

Session 1 9:00 – 11: 00
Why is this area so important to focus on? Research Insights and new developments.
Graphic organisers and spatial tools.
Session 2 11:30 – 1:00
Thinking outside our head with physical tools
Higher Order Questioning Strategies
Session 3 2:00 – 3:30

Oracy techniques

Developing reflective learners


Session 4 9:00 – 11: 00
Developing a thinking mindset
Embedding techniques into the curriculum
Session 5 11:30 – 1:00
Quick wins to ensure everyone is thinking
Session 6 2:00 – 3:30
Creating a plan to put ideas into action.
Additional information

27-28 nov 2020


UAE, Dubai


Holiday Inn Barsha, www.hialbarshadubai.com (special room rate for event)

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

Certificates of Attendance

Certificates of Attendance will be issued to participants who have taken part in all sessions. Please make sure your personal information is correct in the registration form.


Fees include all materials necessary for the workshops, lunches and coffee breaks during workshop days. Workshop fees do not cover transportation or accommodation.


Participants are responsible for any visas.


Payment will be made via bank transfer or credit card.
Bank detailed information will be given via confirmation email.
Please indicate participant name and workshop in the transfer reference.
Please also note that all charges are the responsibility of the remitter.
Full payment is due within 4 working days after confirmation of registration.
Spaces are limited. If payment has not been received within the deadline, spaces will be released to other interested persons.


  • If you are unable to attend this event, you may send a substitute delegate in your place at no additional cost. Please advise us of any substitutions as soon as possible. The participation fee will not be reimbursed upon cancellation if done then less than one month of the workshop date.

  • 4 Generations 4 Education will not be responsible for any loss or damage arising from any changes to or cancellation or rescheduling of the workshop. If the workshop is cancelled or rescheduled, 4 Generations 4 Education will make every effort to contact every registered delegate. In case of cancellation or reschedule of a workshop, 4 Generations 4 Education will reimburse the participation fee, keeping 10% as service charge.

  • 4 Generations 4 Education reserves the right to cancel the programme due to unforeseen circumstances.


  • All workshops will only be confirmed if there is sufficient number of participants.

  • You are advised to make your travel plans on confirmation of the workshop from us

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