About TSSA


Thinking Schools South Africa (TSSA) is a non-profit organization that empowers schools to grow a culture of explicit thinking so that students become independent life-long learners. TSSA has a successful model of “how” to deliver the CAPS requirements of developing critical and creative, independent and interdependent thinking skills, which is accredited by the University of Exeter and parallels Harvard University’s Project Zero approach of developing a visible Thinking Culture.

Key elements of the TSSA approach are: sustainable whole school transformation, globally tried and tested methodologies, and local communities of practice.

TSSA Trainers are teachers too, they have a wealth of practical experience. Only TSSA supports you for the on-going journey from Strategy to Training to Sustainable Implementation – starting with whole staff strategy and training in thinking languages.

​We are a Community of Practice with TSSA Trainers who are Teachers in Thinking Schools, to pay forward shared best practice from Houghton to Khayelitsha.

NGO, PBO and SACE Registered, every cent is reinvested in South Africa to empower a Thinking Generation


Our Vision

Thinking Schools South Africa is a non-profit organization that empowers schools to develop a culture of explicit thinking so that students and teachers

learn how to learn more effectively. Our goal is for students to become passionate, practiced and resourceful thinkers and problem-solvers who

will perform better at school and in tertiary life.

​This meets the stated objective of the national CAPS curriculum, to develop critical and collaborative thinking skills. It improves engagement and student ownership of the learning process, as well as academic results across the curriculum, including Maths, Science and English.

We work with schools where there is management commitment to help facilitate whole staff Thinking School strategic planning. As well as train whole management and staff in specific Thinking  Strategies and build on-going, self-sustaining implementation support structures.



  • We help teachers embed active questioning and thinking strategies into the learning process for better results from the same curriculum. Teachers encourage students to build on their prior knowledge, and coach critical thinking skills as they teach normal content. This nurtures student competence and confidence, and becomes an integral part of how these schools operate.
  • We facilitate Drive Teams from a cross-section of schools in each region we work in, to support each other to continue to develop as a Community of Practice. This goes far beyond ‘add-on’ training workshops, as thinking competencies become an ongoing agenda in teaching, learning, school dynamics and leadership.



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