Independent Thinking Blog

An ongoing series of blog posts written by our Associates and invited others on a whole host of relevant, contentious and contemporary education-related issues.

It's independent thinking at its best.

So You Want to Build a New School?

Independent Thinking founder Ian Gilbert was recently asked his advice about building a new school from scratch in Europe. This was his controversial check-list by way of a reply.
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When They Go Low

We put this out on a mailshot to subscribers 24 hours after the US presidential elections. Judging by the feedback, it seemed to help.
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Make 'Em Laugh; Make 'Em Think

Long-time Associate and '6ft ginger stand-up educationalist' Dave Keeling shares some of his favourite activities to get young people laughing and learning in equal measure.
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The Working Class

If you are unhappy about the current narrative around 'working class' children and young people and their education then now is the chance to have your say with our unique new publication.
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Provocations I

When asked to write some education-themed provocations we rose to the challenge as you might expect. What would your answers be? Feel free to use these for interviews, INSET or just to start a fight in the staffroom.
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Have We Forgotten About PREVENT?

With unease growing about the efficacy of the UK government's PREVENT strategy and doubt being poured on the validity of the science behind it, Associate and Vice Principal Tait Coles poses some serious questions about the whole policy.
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Nancy Update

When Associates Jane Hewitt, Bethan Stracy-Burbridge and Debbie Kidd went to Kenya's Kakuma refugee camp for us they met an amazing young lady called Nancy. With the generous support of Debbie's Northern Rocks project and our Big i Foundation, Nancy has moved from refugee camp to university campus and is currently studying social work in Uganda. This is her most recent update, The Power to Empower, where she describes how her life has changed in the last couple of years as well as revealing her artistic side.
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