Adding ACT to your curriculum

The Thinking Hub resources are designed to be completely flexible, and allow you to run a 4C course however you want, to whatever level you feel your students need.

Involve the entire teaching staff, or have just one teacher coordinating the programme; teach it within a timetabled slot, or during non-contact time; make it optional or mandatory for students; give responsibility for exploring the course to students, and oversee it rather than teach it – there are a huge number of options.

Five options for deploying Thinking Hub

Below we suggest some ways you can run the Thinking Hub programme in your school, and the resources you can draw on to develop 4C skills amongst your students. The range of resources available to member schools means that there are many other options; we’ll be happy to set up a conversation with you to run through what would work best in your school.

The Full Thinking Hub programme

Appoint a 4C coordinator to deliver the complete BQ course, leading to your students creating a 4C portfolio to show their skills in critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration. This would work best with one or two timetabled sessions weekly, or in an optional extra-curricular activity slot.

Self-guided Thinking Hub

Students can explore the Thinking Hub course autonomously, via our ‘self-guided’ versions of the BQ lessons, establishing the skills to prepare them for the 4C portfolio. Students can meet with the coordinator whenever appropriate, either online or in person, to check progress and understanding.

Newsletter-driven Thinking Hub

Use the newsletter to drive the course, and set up discussions on the 20 media sources and the real-world issues they report on every month. These discussions can take place during dedicate class time, within an extra-curricular activity slot, or in the subject lessons already taken by students.

10-minute Thinking Hub

Run the Thinking Hub programme via our 10-minute lessons, which offer an alternative, abridged version of the full course. The 10-minute lessons can be delivered in registration periods, after school, or within subject lessons. You can run them in addition to the newsletter and other resources.

Investigating issues Thinking Hub

Our ‘Investigating Issues’ resource curates a range of hot real-world issues, and invites students to explore them via the 4Cs. This approach could be delivered either inside or outside the classroom, with students bringing in the results of their research and discussing it with subject teachers, or a 4C coordinator.