“Think differently, think beyond your reach and if what you are doing feels wrong - don't do it!”
Dave Harris
Author of Brave Heads and Leadership Dialogues and a former school leader in a variety of different and challenging school environments with many years' experience - and the bruises to prove it, Dave's gift is the ability to see beyond the many obstacles in front of him and relentlessly generate creative and imaginative approaches to overcoming them.

His passion for working within challenging communities is matched by his passion for through-schooling, for innovation inside and outside the classroom and for leadership that is both courageous and humane.

His first book Are You Dropping the Baton? challenged schools to get transition right. Brave Heads encouraged head teachers to lead using their heart and their head and his third book, Leadership Dialogues with Professor John West Burnham, provides ideas and resources to help leadership teams to transform their school by using the latest research.

An article by Dave in School Leadership Today magazine called "How quality conversations can transform your school", containing many practical activities for school leadership teams can be found here.

Dave is Business Director of Independent Thinking in the UK as well as a popular speaker and writer both nationally and internationally.

Feedback from recent events include:

"Your input was very much appreciated and highly valued by the audience of headteachers.The content that you presented made both ourselves and the rest of the audience think about the education and the future.We look forward to the possibility of working with you next year and will be in touch in the nearer the time."

"I just wanted to write to thank you for your authentic and provocative talk yesterday at the Society of Heads meeting. So much of what you said was impressive and inspiring – and a good reminder of why we do what we do. Many thanks again and keep doing what you are doing – the messages you send are certainly the right ones for our children."

"Delegates very much enjoyed hearing about your experiences as a Headmaster and the importance of a holistic approach to leadership, which helps impart values and behaviours that provide children with every opportunity for success. Your recognition of the key role played by education caterers was also very well received!"

"Thank you very much for the sessions you did for us at the end of last term. The feedback from staff was overwhelmingly positive and they felt that the term had ended on ‘a real high’!"

"Dave was absolutely wonderful! I have had such great feedback from many heads about him and he is certainly the best speaker we have had from you so far! He was inspirational, relevant and really gauged and engaged the audience well"

"I am writing on behalf of the Federation to thank you for your inspirational and hugely enjoyable address"

"It was so good to listen to you. Your input was inspirational - you were a hard act to follow. I know that everyone found your session useful and very informative quite apart from being immensely entertaining"
“In the gap between policy and children is where bravery lives” - Brave Heads

To read more about Dave Harris please click here

  • Dave has been with Independent Thinking since 2006 and is one of The 33

  • Dave’s DBS number is 001430345855 issued 2nd January 2014

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The Big Conference at Cotgrave - 17th March 2017

There is Another Way - our Big Conference at Cotgrave, NG12 3JG takes place on 17th March 2017 and is a day for everyone passionate about raising standards, bringing out the best in their schools - and doing it the right way. Cost: £149 (plus VAT) for the first delegate and £129 (plus VAT) for further delegates from the same institution. NB: We can only accept payment by debit or credit card through online booking (just select the PayPal payment method option - you do not need to have a PayPal account). Click view below or on the event page on the right to see the full programme.

14th March 2017 - Thinking in Class: Raising Achievement Through Curiosity, Wonder and Confusion - Marble Arch - Edgware Road, London

Registrations are now OPEN for the Independent Thinking and IAPS brand new conference guaranteed to make you smile and think and return to school armed to ensure your school focuses on fanning the flames of learning, not just collecting the results. For the full programme please click VIEW or see the event page to the right and to book click on the page to the right: Book on a National Conference

31st March 2017 - No Heroes: Honesty, Humility and Authentic School Leadership - Manchester

An Independent Thinking and Teachology joint leadership conference. A national leadership conference with a difference. This unique conference is designed to help you reconnect with why you chose this job and help you be a better leader as a result. For more information and how to book, please click VIEW or see the event page to the right.

The Chasm - How to Improve Transition in Your School

With Dave Harris and Simon Cooper-Hind

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.