“Above all else, develop your students’ presence of mind and offer them an education of hope”
Martin Illingworth
In a text Martin wrote for the London’s renowned Goldsmith’s Institute he said, ‘Teachers are the means by which children gain access to their cultures... this is a shatteringly large responsibility and it needs some thought’. It is getting teachers to think about what they do before they do it that makes Martin such an important and thought-provoking speaker.

An experienced teacher and now teacher trainer at Sheffield Hallam University, Martin is known for his work on the teaching of English language and literacy. His humorous, no-nonsense, practical approach not only to teaching English but to teaching generally is winning him fans across the country but it is when he shares his insights into the absurdities – and dangers – of government policies that he is at his most engagingly acerbic. For him, the antidote to the rubbish, though, is ‘pre-teaching thinking’ - getting teachers to think before they teach. Then there’s hope.

Feedback from recent events include:

"I came along to the ITL conference in Brighton last week and came back feeling really inspired! Your presentation on grammar was very entertaining but also extremely thought provoking"

"Thank you for a great session last week with us Barnet Deputies. Really enjoyed it and took away lots of ideas and food for thought"

“Great external speaker – motivating and inspiring but most importantly engaging. A very thought provoking talk!”

“Martin Illingworth was very motivational…pinning knowledge to emotions or feelings…laugh – cry – remember”

“I feel very inspired by Martin. He reminded me that I am able to make a difference and inspire young people to be their own educators”

"It's hard to concentrate when you are laughing so much. On the other hand, Martin Illingworth is passionate about teaching kids and the poignant moments make you think about what you are doing"
"We must offer children an education of hope; that their lives right now have purpose and delight, and that the future is looking bright…’ - Think Before You Teach

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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

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.