Dr Roy van den Brink-Budgen
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Dr Roy van den Brink-Budgen

Dr Roy van den Brink-Budgen has been working in the area of Critical Thinking for 31 years, 18 of which he worked on the development of assessment materials not only in Critical Thinking but also other thinking skills. He was employed by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (now Cambridge Assessment) for part of this time, developing assessments in both 'Critical Thinking' and 'Communication' as part of a Thinking Skills assessment programme. Roy was also employed as the Chief Examiner for the British GCE 'A'-Level subject in "Critical Thinking" between its inception in 1999 until 2005.

He has taught the subject for twenty-two years to a diverse variety of groups and ages, ranging from primary children to higher education students, prison inmates, to teachers at all levels, and to staff in organisations and companies. Roy has brought the subject to a wider audience of teachers as well as students than anyone else in the UK.

Dr Roy has also delivered papers and workshops at various international conferences on both Critical and Creative Thinking.

First published in 1996, his book "Critical Thinking for Students" was a pioneering piece of work in the fact that, unlike other literary resources on Critical Thinking that catered to the niche of university undergraduates, his book was tailored to benefit a wide range of students. Dr Roy's educational resources are not only limited to his books on the subject but include online courses and even a Critical Thinking game. His resources are now widely used in many countries around the world.

Courses Available:

Course Synopsis:

Critical Thinking for Students
For Primary, Secondary, JC & Tertiary Students (throughout the age-range), we can provide half- or full-day sessions developing Critical Thinking skills. Courses can include all or some of the following:

  • Introductory sessions on Critical Thinking
  • Sessions on specific skills (for example, inference) and/or sets of skills
  • The creativity of Critical Thinking
  • Looking at the credibility of information
  • Producing well-organised arguments
  • Summer Schools


Critical Thinking for Teachers & Educators

For Teachers and Educators, Roy van den Brink-Budgen brings unrivalled experience in staff training for Critical Thinking – he has more experience in such training in the UK than anyone else. He has also worked extensively with teachers from many schools and educational institutions in Singapore. Courses can include some or all of the following:

  • Introductory sessions for teachers new to the subject
  • Whole-staff sessions on Critical Thinking within and across the curriculum
  • Looking at effective methods of developing Critical Thinking with students
  • The Creativity of Critical Thinking
  • The assessment of Critical Thinking


To find out more about the above courses, or to engage us to conduct a session for your organization, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .