Rethinking; Redefining; Reconnecting; Reclaiming Education
For over twenty years, Independent Thinking has been helping schools help young people be better, both in the classroom and beyond.
We aren't a speakers bureau, although our Associates are some of the world’s leading educational speakers and practitioners. We aren't a consultancy, although we are more than happy to work with you to help you become great at what you do. We aren't a panel of educational experts because we don’t believe there is such a thing. We aren't a publishing company, although the Independent Thinking Press has won awards for its ground-breaking education books. And we aren't a training company because, well, the word ‘training’ comes from the Latin ‘to drag’.
We don't employ people, own fancy offices or produce glossy magazines and, because we were set up to make a difference not a profit, we put back as much as possible into our work. In fact, to sum up what we think and see if we are right for you, see how many of our principles below you agree with below?
- There is always another way.
- The most important thing to get right is the well-being of the child.
- Teaching children to think for themselves is of critical importance.
- Teachers are humans too. So are school leaders.
- Engagement trumps behaviour.
- Qualifications are an indicator of something but not everything.
- We don't all learn the same way.
- Data should be used to improve your children, not the other way round.
- You can't say what works. You can only really say what worked. For you. With that class. Then.
- Clicking at children is just wrong. So is shouting at them.
- Testing children measures how well children can pass tests.
- It's not just complicated, it's complex.
- Children don't fail school, school fails them.
- 'Ofsted Outstanding' banners outside schools should be burned.
- Childhood is not simply a training programme for adulthood.
- Most children want to do well. So do most teachers.
- The future will be less like the past than present is.
- Niceness trumps bullying and ideas trump egos.
- Environmental issues, health and wellbeing, the Arts and citizenship should be at the heart of any curriculum.
- Education is too important to be taken seriously.
- All progress depends on awkward fish.
If you disagree with more than you agree with then put the mouse down and step away from the computer. If you think we just might be right then we would love to hear from you and support your work to fight for an education system to be proud of.
To sum up, our written mission has always been:
'To enrich people's lives by changing the way they think - and so to change the world'.
After all, if you're involved in the education of young hearts and minds, that's what you're doing everyday.