Often associated with creativity, divergent thinking refers to how we generate ideas beyond usual expectations; how thoughts can diverge from the norm. Divergent thinking aids problem solving and helps us to see beyond artificial limitations, which has positive impacts in students’ work, aspirations and personal lives. This advice sheet, aimed at teachers and teaching assistants, sets out what divergent thinking is, how cultivating these skills can be beneficial for high potential learners and the types of activities that help to develop them.

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