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TOK & critical thinking workshops

TOK & critical thinking workshops

When delivered well, TOK offers a genuinely life-changing experience for everyone involved in its teaching and learning. We’ve worked with schools all over the world to help departments achieve this.

Our in-school & online workshops are engaging, authentic, and jargon-free, and leave TOK and non-TOK teachers with practical takeaways that they can implement easily in their classrooms. Watch our workshop video here.

In-school & online workshops for learners and educators

Our highly-interactive in-school workshops are created on a bespoke basis, so what we design and deliver for you will be uniquely tailored to your needs. Workshops fall into three broad categories: TOK teacher workshops, DP teacher workshops, and student workshops. Watch our short video introduction to our workshops here, where we outline their bespoke nature.

Our TOK department workshops are designed for new and experienced TOK educators. Topics we can explore include: designing and delivering a great TOK course, integrating TOK with the rest of the DP, and overseeing the assessment tasks. Find out more and arrange here.

Our whole faculty workshops demonstrate how any teacher – whatever their programme (GCSE, MYP, A-Level, AP, DP, etc.) – can channel the principles of TOK to turn their students into real-world critical thinkers. Find out more and arrange here.

Our TOK student workshop modules are designed for both DP1 and DP2 students of TOK. Topics we can explore include acclimatising yourself to TOK, the 12 key TOK concepts, TOK knowledge heroes, designing a great exhibition, and writing a great essay. Find out more and arrange here.

Previous workshops & appearances

Sep 2022, STONYHURST COLLEGE, LANCASHIRE, UK. In-person workshop for DP, A-Level, and GCSE teachers.

Sep 2022, GRESHAM’S SCHOOL, NORFOLK, UK. In-person workshop for DP, A-Level, and GCSE teachers.

Jun 2022, IŞIK HIGH SCHOOL, ISTANBUL. Online workshop for DP teachers.

Jun 2022, WESTMINSTER ACADEMY, LONDON. A follow-up, in-person workshop, for DP, GCSE, and KS3 teachers.

Apr 2022, SHANGHAI SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL. Online workshop for DP teachers.

May 2022, ANGLO-EUROPEAN SCHOOL, INGATESTONE. In-person workshop for DP, A-Level, GCSE, and KS3 teachers.

Oct 2021, HOCKERILL ANGLO-EUROPEAN COLLEGE, BISHOP’S STORTFORD. In-person workshop for DP1 & DP2 students.

Feb 2021, DPS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, GURGAON. ‘Chief guest’ at the online TOK exhibition day.

Apr 2021, INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF LUXEMBOURG. A follow-up online workshop, for the TOK team.

Jan 2020, GULF ENGLISH SCHOOL, DOHA. 2-day in-person workshops for staff and students from 11 different schools in Qatar.

Jan 2019, ST EDWARD’S SCHOOL, OXFORD. In-person workshop for the TOK team.

April 2018, BRITISH SCHOOL OF MANILA. An online workshop for the TOK team.

Jan 2019, UNITED WORLD COLLEGE, MAASTRICHT. In-person workshops for staff and students.

February 2018, INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF LUXEMBOURG. A follow-up workshop, for the ISL TOK team and DP2 students.

Jan 2018, INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF PARIS. In-person workshop for DP staff and DP2 students.

Nov 2017, NEWTON COLLEGE, LIMA. In-person workshop for TOK teachers from 7 different schools in Lima.

Jan 2016, YAMANASHI GAKUIN HIGH SCHOOL, KOFU. Online consultations for the TOK team.

Nov 2015, EYÜBOGLU EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, ISTANBUL. In-person key note speech, in Association with Cambridge University Press.

Aug 2015, NESIBE AYDIN COLLEGE, ANKARA In-person workshop, in association with Cambridge University Press.

Jan 2017, INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF LUXEMBOURG. In-person workshop for ISL TOK team and DP2 students.

Jan 2016, STEPHEN PERSE FOUNDATION, CAMBRIDGE In-person workshop, in association with Cambridge University Press.

Nov 2015, ROYAL SOCIETY OF ARTS ACADEMY, BIRMINGHAM. In-person workshop for DP2 students.

Jun 2015, ST JULIAN’S SCHOOL, LISBON. In-person workshop for DP1 students from 5 different schools in Lisbon.

Comments on our workshops

As well as the hugely positive reviews of our workshops, you can also see what people have been saying about our teaching and learning resources, and the support we provide our customers, on this page. Note that all the testimonials were unsolicited – and we very much appreciate our members taking the time to write to us.

Having a TOK integration workshop with Michael Dunn was the best thing I’ve done as the TOK Coordinator. Michael’s knowledge, enthusiasm and practical tips for the subject were a great inspiration for the whole faculty.

Jana Jackson, TOK Coordinator, Shanghai Singapore International School

We really enjoyed Michael’s workshop, it was great to see the staff so enthused and inspired!

Susannah Porsz, DP Coordinator, Anglo-European School

The Gulf English School was delighted to have Michael present over two full days in January. Michael delivered a teachers workshop to a variety of teachers repressing 11 local schools. The workshop allowed fantastic opportunities for teachers to gain insight into the new TOK course. In addition, the student workshop provided fantastic high quality student engagement through a range of activities. Thank you Michael, for delivering two very successful workshops.

Hannah Cashell, TOK Coordinator, Gulf English School, Doha

Thank you again for spending the days with us; students were buzzing for a while after, and the ToK team appreciated the opportunity to connect, think, and talk ToK. Hope we have a chance to work again in the future.

Dasha Lis, Head of TOK, UWC Maastricht

Thank you very much for the ToK workshop… as a ToK novice, I found it incredibly interesting and reassuring.

Alex Waring, CAS Coordinator, St Edward’s School, Oxford

The feedback I have had from the teacher workshops has been really positive. My colleagues really approached your personable style and found the content engaging. Everyone felt they had an immediate takeaway and a better understanding of TOK generally. We’d love you to come back and do more.

Joanne Perkins, Head of TOK, International School of Paris

I can’t say how thankful we are for your visit. Chatting to the students yesterday showed that they really felt the day helped them to grasp the essential concepts of TOK in a way that had thus far evaded them. Feedback was all positive and many have gone on to plan their final presentations on the back of ideas that came to them during the day.

Kieran Hennigan, Head of TOK at St Julian’s School, Lisbon

Thank you so much for your amazing workshop. To be honest, no-one was looking forward to it after another dispiriting day of online teaching in lock-down… This made it all the more surprising to find it so lively, entertaining and immediately relevant and useful to our teaching. Everyone I’ve spoken to agreed that it is the best PD workshop they remember at our school. 

Simon Jackson, DP film teacher, Shanghai Singapore International School

Thank you so much for the sessions you led with us, the TOK team is certainly feeling more confident in their teaching of the two assessments of the course and you have given me lots to think about in terms of the way we currently approach TOK.

Charlotte Nicholas, TOK Coordinator, Westminster Academy

Yesterday we had a ToK collaboration meeting, and the feedback from the workshop was fantastic! Everybody was happy… we need people like you!

Dorothee Prendergast, Head of Languages, and TOK, International School of Luxembourg

[The workshop has given] a broader, more complete/intuitive understanding of the course, will certainly improve critical thinking and subject connections. Great ideas for new and innovative practices and approaches to teaching the course. Good preparation with tools, tactics and new ideas. Very helpful. Very practical, and offered concrete ideas on how to approach the course. Terrific opportunity to collaborate and share ideas with the speaker and my colleagues. [This will] Help students how to understand ToK better by improved teaching schedule and lesson structure. The structure of the 8 questions programme makes so much more sense.

Feedback from the ISL teachers, following Michael’s visit to Luxembourg in January 2017

As an IBDP coordinator who has attended your workshop at Nesibe Aydin Schools in Ankara, I would like to thank you for the great ideas you have shared with us.

Müge Özgönül, IBDP & CAS Coordinator, Eyüboglu High School

Thank you so much for delivering your ToK session. Staff were really energised by it!

Tricia Kelleher, Head of School, Stephen Perse Foundation

Set up an in-school workshop

We’ll be happy to answer any question you might have about our TOK training, and set up a workshop for your school .

These might include locations we’re able to travel to, how to decide on a topic for training, details of workshop fees, which members of your learning community we can help, and the pros and cons of in-school vs. online workshops.