Who Are We

Thinking Skills For ChildrenDeb and Jo are teachers with many years experience and are currently working in a large independent school where they are responsible for Thinking Skills and Philosophy in P-7 classrooms. The introduction of Critical and Creative Thinking as a general capability in the Australian Curriculum has highlighted the need to equip children with the skills required to be independent thinkers who can make sense of their world. Both Deb and Jo are passionate believers that we should never underestimate what children are capable of. Over the years they’ve taught many age groups and are always excited by the children’s ability to think.

Deb BatchelorDeb Batchelor

  • COGE (Certificate of Gifted Education 2010 University of New South Wales)
  • BEdAPD (Bachelor of Education Advanced Professional Development 2004 Griffith University)
  • PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education 1993 University of Reading)
  • BA(Hons)Business Studies ( 1988 Oxford Brookes University)
  • Has taught for nearly 20 years in Australia and England
  • Responsible for implementation of the Australian Curriculum P-7 in a large independent school
  • Has taught gifted children in a self-contained gifted class for three years
  • Has written programs for the gifted for four years
  • Has written Thinking Skills programs for teachers of mainstream children and adolescents
  • Has coached teams for State and National Finals in Mathematical challenges, Future Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Academic Challenges
  • Has taught Philosophy for three years

Jo BelchamberJo Belchamber

  • COGE (Certificate of Gifted Education 2007 University of New South Wales)
  • MTeach Primary  (Masters of Teaching  2001 Sydney University)
  • BSc.(Hons) (Biology and Psychology Combined Honours 1991 University of Exeter)
  • Has taught for 10 years in Australia
  • Has taught gifted students for seven years
  • Has written programs for the gifted
  • Has written Thinking Skills programs for mainstream primary school students
  • Has coached teams for State and National Finals in Mathematical challenges, Future Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Academic Challenges.
  • Has delivered papers at conferences for gifted students
  • Has taught Philosophy for seven years
  • Scholarship Award Winner (NSW Guild of Teachers)

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