“Good teaching doesn’t lead to good learning; it’s good learning that leads to good teaching”
Mike Brearley
Mike has lost count of the number of times he’s shared his ideas and techniques about school improvement with teachers and school leaders only to be met with the challenge, ‘That will never work here!’. But his ideas do work there, every time.

For Mike, a former head teacher and an early pioneer when it comes to creating emotionally intelligent schools, it is the emotional engagement of all involved that is right at the heart of sustainable improvements in achievement. And by achievement he doesn’t just mean test results. Whether it is schools in challenging circumstances or schools that think they are doing fine and are unaware of the challenges they actually have, Mike takes staff on a journey that makes the child the ‘hero’ of their own learning and turns the concept of leadership into a creative and collaborative process, out ‘from under the shadow of the school leaders’.

Feedback from recent events include:

"‘Mike’s presentation provided a very thoughtful but also energetic and entertaining end to our inset.’"

"Please thank Mike on behalf of PAPH CIC for such a great talk at our Conference. We fully enjoyed it and all heads found it very interesting.

"I've just returned from a day with Mike Brearley in Manchester and I feel fired up and ready to change the world!"

"Mike promised a challenging yet fun day and delivered just that. Many staff said at the end how much they felt he had pushed them out of their comfort zones yet not to a point where they felt uncomfortable and threatened"

"I really feel Mike gave staff much food for thought and a number of strategies they could use to create a more engaging and positive climate within the classroom"

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  • Mike has been with Independent Thinking for over 10 years and is one of The 33

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Parent Event

For many schools, getting parents to the school for an event is something that is only beaten in difficulty by getting the right parents to school for an event. That said, the parents who do come to our Learning and Motivation for Parents Events always head home buzzing with ideas that are not only helpful in dealing with their children but also very relevant for their own careers and personal development.

Governor Event

Being a governor is an incredibly important task these days so we are delighted when we are asked to support them in their work in all sorts of schools around the country. Apart from ensuring the event is an entertaining and enjoyable one for all, especialy as it is so often on a rainy Saturday, we make sure our input is informative, relevant, up to date and guarantees all governors go back into their schools knowing what to look for, what to do and the rights sorts of questions to ask.