"Dr Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats groomed my ability to think out-of-the-box in every dimension, level and form. The Rorschach Test-like exercises, to lego building sessions, seemingly simple activities throughout my time in Six Thinking Hats, Think Note Write and Junior Lateral Thinking laid the foundation for a radically different way of thinking and make connections between seemingly unrelated objects, and leverage on the chracteristics of both to formulate new, radical and innovative solutions."

Kuek Jia Yao, Lateral Thinking Graduate 2009
Started in 2006
Awarded the SAF Overseas Scholarship in 2015 to study Liberal Arts at Johns Hopkins University

"Dr Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats groomed my ability to think out-of-the-box in every dimension, level and form. The Rorschach Test-like exercises, to lego building sessions, seemingly simple activities throughout my time in Six Thinking Hats, Think Note Write and Junior Lateral Thinking laid the foundation for a radically different way of thinking and make connections between seemingly unrelated objects, and leverage on the chracteristics of both to formulate new, radical and innovative solutions."

Kuek Jia Yao, Lateral Thinking Graduate 2009
Started in 2006
Awarded the SAF Overseas Scholarship in 2015 to study Liberal Arts at Johns Hopkins University

"I am able to think creatively and critically about different things. Different methods like “Challenge” increased my exposure to real life scenario questions that needs different solutions. What may seem impossible tasks to undertake, I am now able to find fruitful solutions and ideas to solve it."

Ameline Goh, Lateral Thinking Graduate 2014
Started in 2010

"I am able to think creatively and critically about different things. Different methods like “Challenge” increased my exposure to real life scenario questions that needs different solutions. What may seem impossible tasks to undertake, I am now able to find fruitful solutions and ideas to solve it."

Ameline Goh, Lateral Thinking Graduate 2014
Started in 2010

"The de bono Thinking Pogramme taught me to have originality in thinking. With skills in Lateral Thinking, Six Thinking hats, Provocation, Stratals, etc, I can develop better and original ideas when I write essays that allow me to achieve better grades."

Jonathan Kow, Lateral Thinking Graduate 2014
Started in 2007

"The de bono Thinking Pogramme taught me to have originality in thinking. With skills in Lateral Thinking, Six Thinking hats, Provocation, Stratals, etc, I can develop better and original ideas when I write essays that allow me to achieve better grades."

Jonathan Kow, Lateral Thinking Graduate 2014
Started in 2007

"The de Bono Thinking Program has benefited me a lot in academic and non-academic areas…..taught me to think creatively and intelligently to make wise decisions and eventually applying it in my daily life….allowed me to adopt my very own voice, to speak what I feel and think and convince others with my thoughts."

Chia Yuan Jun Yvonne, Graduated in 2006
(Studied at Peking University, China – Political Science)

"The de Bono Thinking Program has benefited me a lot in academic and non-academic areas…..taught me to think creatively and intelligently to make wise decisions and eventually applying it in my daily life….allowed me to adopt my very own voice, to speak what I feel and think and convince others with my thoughts."

Chia Yuan Jun Yvonne, Graduated in 2006
(Studied at Peking University, China – Political Science)

"When I was in kindergarten, my parents enrolled me into the Six Thinking Hats course….. lessons were extremely fun and exciting…learnt how to use it to sort out my thoughts…continued to the Creative Awareness Program (CAP)..instill a variety of important thinking tools which allowed me to consider a problem thoroughly and think through all aspects, which is a major contributing factor to my enrolment into the Gifted Education Program. The Think Note Write program helped my acclimatization to the GEP curriculum. The Lateral Thinking program allowed me to see things an unorthodox but meaningful way... scored 269 in PSLE, enrolled into Raffles Institution."

Fong Pei Yuan, Graduated in 2004
Started in 1999

"When I was in kindergarten, my parents enrolled me into the Six Thinking Hats course….. lessons were extremely fun and exciting…learnt how to use it to sort out my thoughts…continued to the Creative Awareness Program (CAP)..instill a variety of important thinking tools which allowed me to consider a problem thoroughly and think through all aspects, which is a major contributing factor to my enrolment into the Gifted Education Program. The Think Note Write program helped my acclimatization to the GEP curriculum. The Lateral Thinking program allowed me to see things an unorthodox but meaningful way... scored 269 in PSLE, enrolled into Raffles Institution."

Fong Pei Yuan, Graduated in 2004
Started in 1999

"The de Bono program was fun and interesting. Classes were stimulating… participation and interaction were encouraged. I applied sub-consciously and systematically to tackle the problems of everyday life. I am in a better position to cope with the demands of the rapidly progressive environment we live in today; one which emphasizes value-addedness and creativity."

Timothy Mok, Graduated in 2001
(Valedictorian for Class of 2013 at Stern UC, New York University)

"The de Bono program was fun and interesting. Classes were stimulating… participation and interaction were encouraged. I applied sub-consciously and systematically to tackle the problems of everyday life. I am in a better position to cope with the demands of the rapidly progressive environment we live in today; one which emphasizes value-addedness and creativity."

Timothy Mok, Graduated in 2001
(Valedictorian for Class of 2013 at Stern UC, New York University)

"I first attended the Edward de Bono Thinking Program when I was about 7 years old and continued for about two and a half years. I think that the de Bono program has helped developed my thinking skills from a young age…. taught me to think clearly, logically and creatively, which has helped me in both my academic and musical pursuits"

Abigail Sin, Graduated in 2001
(Singapore’s Music Prodigy)

"I first attended the Edward de Bono Thinking Program when I was about 7 years old and continued for about two and a half years. I think that the de Bono program has helped developed my thinking skills from a young age…. taught me to think clearly, logically and creatively, which has helped me in both my academic and musical pursuits"

Abigail Sin, Graduated in 2001
(Singapore’s Music Prodigy)

"Having been in the program for over 6 years since my lower primary years, I can testify to its importance in shaping my thinking. The program and the methods played a big role in my development as a student and a debater, and has helped tremendously in formulating a coherent thought process that now comes naturally, which has greatly enhanced my decision making and argumentative skills."

Arhshath Kaleni, Graduated in 2000
(Studied at University of Pennsylvania, USA –
International Studies and Business)

"Having been in the program for over 6 years since my lower primary years, I can testify to its importance in shaping my thinking. The program and the methods played a big role in my development as a student and a debater, and has helped tremendously in formulating a coherent thought process that now comes naturally, which has greatly enhanced my decision making and argumentative skills."

Arhshath Kaleni, Graduated in 2000
(Studied at University of Pennsylvania, USA –
International Studies and Business)

"Attending De Bono classes from young stimulated me to think critically and to analyse problems systematically and from different points of views. It taught me to be flexible to new ideas and adaptable to new situations. I debated for several years at national competitions… helped me to set up logical arguments and to think quickly and lucidly while speaking under pressure….made me realise the value of having logical and systematic thought. A person indeed cannot be taught to think overnight!"

Samantha Rachel Yeo, Graduated in 1998
Studied medicine in UK

"Attending De Bono classes from young stimulated me to think critically and to analyse problems systematically and from different points of views. It taught me to be flexible to new ideas and adaptable to new situations. I debated for several years at national competitions… helped me to set up logical arguments and to think quickly and lucidly while speaking under pressure….made me realise the value of having logical and systematic thought. A person indeed cannot be taught to think overnight!"

Samantha Rachel Yeo, Graduated in 1998
Studied medicine in UK

"I feel that the de Bono Thinking Program tools and skills have permeated my thoughts and manifested itself unknowingly. I find that I am better able to appreciate the possibilities that others do not deem possible as well as to come up with ideas from seemingly mundane thoughts."

Foo Chuan Tai, Graduated in 1997
(Studied at Monash University, Australia – Medicine)

"I feel that the de Bono Thinking Program tools and skills have permeated my thoughts and manifested itself unknowingly. I find that I am better able to appreciate the possibilities that others do not deem possible as well as to come up with ideas from seemingly mundane thoughts."

Foo Chuan Tai, Graduated in 1997
(Studied at Monash University, Australia – Medicine)

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“Intelligence is something we are born with. Thinking is a skill that must be learned.” – Edward de Bono –

If IQ is the innate horsepower of a car and KNOWLEDGE is the fuel, then THINKING SKILL can be equated with driving skill. Only a skilful driver can make optimum use of a car’s potential. Because of this realisation, many schools for the exceptionally gifted are now using Dr de Bono’s Thinking programs in a deliberate attempt to avoid the “intelligence trap” which occurs when a high IQ is not accompanied by effective thinking skills.

Dr de Bono believes that good thinking does not occur naturally. He believes there is a need to teach thinking. One should realise that it is never too early to be taught this most fundamental of human skills.

Why send your child to Dr de Bono’s Thinking programs?
  • Our programs will equip your child with the essential thinking skills which major corporations have found necessary to include in their training roadmaps for their senior executives. It is never too early to start acquiring these skills through programs designed by Dr de Bono himself.

  • Your child will learn to apply the same tools to help them generate ideas for their projects in school. They will be taught simple methods to help them think out of the box as well as a system of tools to help them evaluate the viability of their projects.

  • We are therefore able to tune the mind of your child to respond to the demands of business and industry. We train for the future.

More than 50,000 children in Singapore and Hong Kong have attended our programs.
Six Thinking Hats®
The Foundation – for 7 years old & above

The Six Thinking Hats® method is based on Dr Edward de Bono’s extensive experience in the field of direct teaching of thinking across different ages and abilities. It will teach the tools which enable your child to be more focused and disciplined in their thinking habits, resulting in greater systematic and structured output. Your child will learn how to separate thinking into six distinct categories. Each category is identified with its own coloured metaphorical “thinking hat”. By mentally wearing and switching hats, your child can easily stay focused or redirect thoughts during learning and conversation.

Specifically, your child will:
  • Acquire the ability to think more creatively
  • Understand the need to separate the thinking process into different modes and learn to think in one mode at a time
  • Spot weaknesses and dangers in new ideas easily
  • Discover benefits and strengths in new proposals
  • Understand the role of emotion and intuition in decision making
  • Learn to utilise information effectively
Creative Awareness Program 1 (CAP 1)
(CAP 1) for Pre-schoolers

Children are naturally curious and they never seem to run out of questions. CAP 1 seeks to capitalise on their curiosity by equipping the child with tools with which to channel his/her queries in clearly focused directions.

The program makes the child aware of:
  • Different modes of questioning which thus allows the child to indicate more clearly the direction of his/her enquiry
  • The concept of “POSSIBILITY” as a viable alternative to YES/NO thinking
  • The need to explain their answers when such answers would appear logically “Unacceptable”
  • The fact that “THINKING” can be fun
  • The concept of groupings – an important step in moving the children from the specific to the generic
  • The need to think before giving an answer
Creative Awareness Program 2 (CAP 2) – CoRT®
(CAP 2) – 7 years old & above

In CAP2, we introduce the child to a set of thinking tools which will help to develop the good habit of focused thinking.

The program will help the child to go beyond descriptive thinking to evaluative thinking. The tools taught in the program e.g. FIP (First Important Priorities), OPV (Other People’s View) and CAF (Consider All Factors) will help to develop this ability.

The specific purpose of CAP 2 lessons is to broaden perception so that in any thinking situation, the child is encouraged to see beyond the obvious, immediate and egocentric and develop a much broader view of situations. This program is especially useful for students in their schools projects and assignments.

Think Note Write™ (Advanced CoRT®)
10 years old & above

TNW teaches the student to focus separately on each of the three phases of the writing process, thus making for more effective thinking at each stage. The three phases include:

  • GENERATIVE (THINK)
  • FORMULATIVE (NOTE)
  • EXPRESSIVE (WRITE)

At the THINK phase, the student gives full attention to the process of coming up with as many points relevant to the subject of discussion. During the NOTE phase, the student gives fuller expression to the ideas generated at the THINK stage. In the WRITE phase, the student concentrates solely on the mechanics of effective and correct expression.

This extremely powerful habit is inculcated through the gradual mastery of a set of thinking tools (different from those taught in the Six Thinking Hats®) which require the student to examine any situation along specific corridors of thought. The student is also introduced into CONCEPTUAL THINKING and encouraged to handle each thinking task at his/her level of intellectual and linguistic competence.

Undoubtedly, this program is particularly useful in the area of SERIOUS CREATIVE WRITING especially for expository essays. Students who complete the entire program testify to the different TNW has made to their ability to think effectively.

Junior Lateral Thinking™
12 years old & above

Lateral Thinking™ – “A way of thinking that seeks a solution to a problem through unorthodox methods or elements that would normally be ignored by logical thinking.” (Oxford English Dictionary)

Dr Edward de Bono distinguishes two types of thinking. He calls one “vertical thinking”, which uses step-by-step logic. He calls the other “lateral thinking” which involves disrupting an apparent normal-thinking sequence and arriving at the solution from another angle.

In the program, the child will develop his/her creativity and find alternative solutions by bringing his creative thinking and the thinking of others into sharp focus. The child will also learn to create new and practical ideas by using deliberately provocative statements. By using a thorough checklist, he/she will be able to dramatically increase the number of ideas he/she can harvest.

The program also sparks creative thinking by using random words and objects, and constructively challenge his current thinking. He/She will find and build on the concept behind one idea to create even more ideas and turn harvested ideas into practical forms.


Schedule & Venues


Holiday Programs

Dates: 28th and 29th Nov 2017 (Tuesday & Wednesday)
Time: 9am to 5pm
Venue: Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel, 10 Claymore Road, Singapore 229540
Fees: S$360 inclusive of GST (Tea-Breaks and lunch will be provided on both days)

**Registration closes : 17th Nov 2017**

Holiday Programs offered:
  • Six Thinking Hats® (Age 7 to 16)

  • Creative Awareness Program™ 2 (Lower Primary)

  • Think, Note, Write™ (Upper Primary or Students who have completed CAP2 level)

  • Junior Lateral Thinking™ (Secondary Students or Students who have completed the Think, Note, Write program)

Students will be grouped according to their age group or on the previous program levels that they had completed.


Graduate Roll


The Edward de Bono Graduates Alumni was launched on the 11th of November 1999 by Dr Edward de Bono when he came to conduct seminars for members of the public and the Civil Service College.

To qualify as alumni of the de Bono School of Thinking, our students have to successfully complete their training in any of the following programs:

  • CoRT®
  • Think, Note, Write™ (TNW)
  • Junior Lateral Thinking™ (JLT)

Our students attend de Bono classes on a weekly basis, and the benefits of being introduced to his thinking methods are so tangible, they sign up for all the programs, staying with us for as long as six years.

Meant exclusively for graduates of our thinking school, the alumni is a great avenue for members to meet like-minded thinkers. Many have distinguished themselves as recipients of prestigious scholarships. This marks a first step towards forming friendship in a network of creative and innovative leaders of the future.

Under the mentorship of Sir Dr Peter Low and Mrs Linda Low, directors of the Edward de Bono Training Pte Ltd, the alumni meet to think together on issues and matters of moment and concern. The directors believe that this is one of the ways in which the leaders of the future can be nurtured to provide the thinking leadership that any nation will require in the new millennium.

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