February 15-26. The vPlus Festival is an online festival from Potential Plus UK, full of workshops, webinars and discussions for young people with enquiring minds, their families and schools.


What is Critical Thinking? and Why it Could be Your Superpower – Alex Elliott and Tom Ziessen – Ages 11-14

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What is Critical Thinking? and Why it Could be Your Superpower – Alex Elliott and Tom Ziessen – Ages 11-14

Ages 11-14

A group workshop for 11-14s offering an introduction to critical and creative thinking. In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn how and when you need to apply critical thinking skills, from working out what you think about important, controversial issues, what is and isn’t fake news and whether to sign an internet petition, to deciding which points should be included an essay or are mostly likely to help you win an argument. You’ll also learn some practical techniques to enable you to develop and practise your critical thinking skills in everyday life, see things from different perspectives and develop a creative approach to problem-solving.

Session Presenter

Alex Elliot and Tom Ziessen

Alex Elliott and Tom Ziessen

Alex Elliott and Tom Ziessen set up Oxford Catalyst Courses in 2019 to teach young people how to think critically and creatively. Their courses and workshops are designed to help students learn to analyse important issues, think for themselves, generate solutions and communicate ideas persuasively – the skills they believe will be most useful to 21st-century young people at school, university and in the wider world.

Event Hours(1)

  • Thurs 18th Feb

    14.00 - 15.00

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Potential Plus UK is a leading UK charity in the field of High Learning Potential (gifted/more able) and Dual or Multiple Exceptionality (gifted/more able + special educational need or disability). If you would like to find out more about how we support children and young people, their families and schools please see our parent website Potential Plus UK

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We are grateful to the Government for funding this festival free through the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund


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