“Children who have been taught to read and write in order to ‘reread and rewrite the world’ are the greatest gift we can give the future”
Ian Gilbert
Ian is an award-winning author and editor, a leading educational speaker and entrepreneur and a man who the IB magazine named as one of its top 15 educational ‘visionaries’. He established Independent Thinking in 1994 as a platform for leading practitioners to share their work in bringing the best out of all children. Currently based in Hong Kong, he has lived and worked in the UK, South America and the Middle East and so has a special perspective on classrooms and systems, what works and what definitely doesn’t.

He is the author of several best-selling books including Essential Motivation in the Classroom and Why Do I Need a Teacher When I’ve Got Google? (spoiler alert – you need good teachers now more than ever), is the man behind the Thunks phenomenon and has also edited many books for the Independent Thinking Press. His latest book, Independent Thinking, was published in 2014.

Feedback from recent events include:

"On behalf of myself and my staff I wanted to thank you for your training at school yesterday. We talked through some of the ideas and principles during our afternoon and it will form the basis of many of our professional conversations over the next term and beyond. It was a pleasure to meet you and hear you speak"

"I just wanted to put in writing that this morning's session with Ian Gilbert was superb. He was an excellent speaker, who really engaged with parents, and I have no doubt that a lot of reflection will be going on as a result"

"I think it is really important that we use keynote speakers like this. Their messages are not only of value to parents, but they also reflect the high standards embraced by the school. There was a huge 'feelgood factor' afterwards, and a lot of happy parents"

"An inspiring speaker. Thank you. It was such a privilege to have the opportunity to hear this engaging educationalist"

"A truly inspirational speaker, who not only had interesting and useful things to share, but was also very witty and entertaining. I didn't want the session to end"
“It’s about love, life and death - all else is admin” - Independent Thinking

To read more about Ian Gilbert please click here

  • Ian founded Independent Thinking in May 1994 and is one of The 33

  • Ian's DBS number is 001465009961 issued Ist November 2014

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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

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.