About The Big Think

The Big Think is an empowering whole-school, whole-child, wellbeing programme that has been developed to help children aged 4 to 11 build positive relationships, become aware of their behaviour in the context of values and choice,
and develop a sense of who they are.

Whole-school

TBT programme has been designed to promote a whole-school, cohesive approach to children’s development, embracing all staff, children, parents and the wider community.  It works flexibly to boost existing school values, wellbeing and learning behaviour strategies, and covers many Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) curriculum requirements.

Whole Child

We use a whole-child system of connected values to help children explore their own thoughts, feelings and ultimately find their own voice.  Values are not simply ‘caught’ – they need to be explicitly taught – and The Big Think achieves this through real-life stories, shared experiences and self-reflection.  Values literate children are more in touch with themselves and learn to develop agency to better navigate the world around them.

Wellbeing

Studies have shown that values-based education can also support initiatives to address the rising numbers of mental health issues, including increased levels of childhood anxiety and unhappiness. Children learn best when they are happy.  The Big Think is holistic learning that progressively equips children with attitudes, skills and knowledge that enable them to flourish and fulfil their true potential.

Our Big Intentions

To support children on their journey to understand

themselves and the people around them

To encourage children to build fulfilling relationships with one another,

the adults in their lives and the wider world around them

To offer children a safe space to reflect upon events that impact them

To enable children to choose personal actions that are positive for themselves

and those around them and social actions that support their community

To inspire children to use their talents and energy in working towards

achieving a more inclusive and sustainable world 

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The Team

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SARAH PENGELLY
The Big Think Curriculum Developer

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ANNA BEASLEY
The Big Think Program Advisor

GALIA DURANT
The Big Think Illustrator & Song Writer

THE BIG THINKERS BAND
Galia Durant, Bjorn Baillie and Peter Hellicar

ROB BOWDEN
The Big Think Graphic Designer

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AVANTIKA TANEJA
The Big Think Author

BEN DAVIS
The Big Think Author

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MANDY ROSS
The Big Think Author

JOHNY PITTS
The Big Think Author

HELEN DOCHERTY
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MAISIE CHAN
The Big Think Author

GARRIE FLETCHER
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MAEVE CLARKE
The Big Think Author

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CHRISTIANE KERR
The Big Think Silent Sitting Writer

ALEX NOBLE
The Big Think Photographer / Designer

CHARLES FOWLER
The Big Think Director

ROSEMARY DEWAN
CEO, Human Values Foundation

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JESSICA BALL
Values Dialogue Facilitator and HVF Trustee