Accreditation as a Thinking School

Some schools choose to engage in a developmental process of accreditation that ultimately leads to recognition as a “Thinking School.”   This accreditation can be gained from the international accrediting body, the Thinking Foundation, and, for educational bodies in the UK, University accreditation is gained from the University of Exeter’s Cognitive Education Development Unit.

The following video looks at becoming a thinking school.

By engaging the entire school community in a process of self-study, becoming accredited as a Thinking School provides a meaningful opportunity for continuous learning and creates an enduring culture of reflective practice.  Over 90 schools have elected to participate in a voluntary accreditation process in order to reflect on, deepen, and sustain their development as a Thinking School.  These schools have chosen to use the accreditation process as an opportunity to demonstrate and affirm their commitment to the principles of becoming a Thinking School.

Currently there are 90 schools that have been recognised as accredited Thinking Schools.  An  advanced level criteria has also been developed for accredited schools  who continue their journey of continuous improvement and investigations.  As at September 2014, there are fifteen schools in the UK that are ‘Advanced Thinking Schools’.

Amnuay Silpa School, Bangkok is the First and only accredited school in Asia and was awarded this status by Exeter University in February 2013.  Amnuay Silpa School now works in partnership with TSIA and has fast become a ‘hub’ of excellence in leading the way in thinking.

Schools overseas should undertake accreditation with the Thinking Foundation. Further information about criteria and the process can be found by clicking on the icon below.


Schools in the UK normally obtain accreditation with the University of Exeter who are currently reviewing their process and looking towards providing support for schools outside of the UK.