Critical Thinking, Character Building
We believe in innate curiosity. We believe in challenging bright minds. We believe in respecting learners as students and as individuals. We believe in teachers' creativity. We believe in learning beyond and outside the curriculum. We believe in learning driven by the search for knowledge. We seek deep, life-altering learning, learning that expands the mind, presents new ideas, and helps shape the person into a critical, engaged, global citizen.
Education as a Force for Social Change
We believe in the power of education to change individuals and society. We want to offer courses that will develop critical thinking and global awareness.
We seek to provide excellent courses for students of all backgrounds. We set apart a percentage of all our revenue to provide scholarships for children who cannot afford our courses – from all over the world. We aim to partner with schools and charities to offer education and capacity building throughout the world.
We ask all our teachers to donate one class a year so that their knowledge can reach further.
Supporting our Learners
We believe in students following their interests towards a deep and holistic education. We offer classes that cross disciplines and permit exploration. We work hard to create spaces where teachers and students feel safe and respected. We appreciate and respect student and teacher diversity. We encourage students to take classes outside their usual comfort zone, to allow themselves to grow by exploring new knowledge and new ways of learning. We limit the size of our courses to ensure we can engage with and support each thinker, taking into consideration SENs, including those of gifted learners.
How is Thinkers Meet Up different?
Learning beyond the curriculum:
Our classes follow students' interest and Scholars' (teachers') passions: we are not limited by a curriculum. We will follow questions, go deeper, go slower, adapt as needed to facilitate deep, true learning.
Small group sizes:
Our classes are SMALL. We keep classes between 3 and 7 students so each student can get the attention they need and deserve.
Our Scholars are experts:
Our classes are led by experts in their field with years of experience teaching young people and, in particular, teaching online. All Scholars are DBS checked. We pay Scholars fairly. We value their time and expertise.
Who runs TMU?
TMU was set up by Oxford graduates - educators with over 20 years experience in education and parents! We started TMU because, as parents, we wanted more for our children. We wanted classes that did not assume children could not handle 'complex' or 'big ideas'. We wanted classes that did not speak down to our children or treat them as a number. As educators we dreamt of all that education could be. So we set up TMU. We have carefully found a team of amazing Scholars, each of whom is a unique expert in their field. Many are former teachers. All have at least a Masters degree. All are DBS checked. All are brilliant, creative, funny, and caring. We trust our own children's education to these Scholars. We know they are excellent.
You can learn more about our TMU Scholar here.