Critical Thinking provides a small yet highly effective component of our Sixth Form Academics programme. A mandatory element, it tasks Sixth Formers with thinking about how to understand, evaluate and construct convincing arguments, equipping girls with vital skills for future life.
Our Sixth Form students all agree: Critical Thinking has proved its utility not only in their A Levels but in university interviews, at university itself, and far beyond. The skills of understanding other people’s arguments, evaluating them, and presenting clear, well-structured arguments of one’s own are undeniably useful in future life, whether justifying one’s own views in the board-room or seminar, pitching a new idea or arguing against some injustice.
Some employers, particularly in the legal, financial, and consultancy sectors, now use Critical Thinking tests as part of their recruitment process.
Our students often express their gratitude for the key skills they learnt in Critical Thinking. The ability to imagine a full range of options, and evaluate them skilfully, helps us make good decisions. The ability to recognise key issues makes us more productive and less likely to be worried by unnecessary concerns. Persuasiveness makes it easier to get what we want. Some employers, particularly in the legal, financial, and consultancy sectors, now use Critical Thinking tests as part of their recruitment process.
At Oxford High, students take one Critical Thinking lesson per week, with homework. The workload is light, because there are no facts to learn, but the impact is far-reaching.