Independent Thinking Blog

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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It's My Way or the Highway

Special School head and new Associate Jarlath O'Brien tackles the 'no excuses' approach to behaviour. Does treating all children the same way represent a fair and rigorous method of discipline? Or does punishment for non-compliance ignore the complexity of the task at hand?
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It Was Him

Special school headteacher and Associate Dave Whitaker looks back at an event that shaped his career as a teacher.
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Children in Poverty

On Saturday 19th March we held one of our mind-blowing Thinking Saturdays, this time looking at poverty, education and what the latter’s impact is on children and young people experiencing the former.
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Dung Beetles and Monday Mornings

On Saturday 13th Feb 2016 we held a different sort of event for Independent Thinking. It wasn’t a day course, an INSET session or a conference but a not-for-profit gathering of interested teachers and Associates. We were there, Barnsley to be precise, because we all felt we needed to do something about that point where education and environmental issues met. When we say ‘we’ we mean you as well, all of us. And when we say, ‘environmental issues’, we mean catastrophic, ‘this changes everything’, end of the world as we know it environmental issues.
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Rescued from Nightmare

IN 2015 Debbie Kidd, Jane Hewitt and Bethan Stracy-Burbridge went out to Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya with the World Wide Education Project, funded by our Big i Foundation. There they met Nancy. This is her story.
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