“Let's decide to be the best that we can be - for the children we teach are our future”
Nina Jackson
Education is a world of very special people but you will meet few as special as Nina Jackson. With a background in special needs education and many years’ experience in schools focusing on music, the Arts and teaching and learning in all its guises, Nina has a breath-taking grasp of what makes classrooms, children - and their teachers - tick.

Since leaving full-time teaching to join Independent Thinking as an Associate Director, Nina has worked across the UK and as far afield as Ghana, Chile and the Middle East covering school improvement areas including teaching and learning, motivation, special needs (or ‘learning differences’ as she calls it), learning technologies and emotional well-being and mental health for both children and adults. In her first book she shared her research on how music can improve learning and motivation in the classroom and her latest book, Of Teaching, Learning and Sherbet Lemons: A compendium of careful advice for teachers, is due out later this year.

Feedback from recent events include:

"Absolutely brilliant there are no words. Everyone was talking about how inspirational and real it was. Nina is amazzzzing."

"I just had to message you to thank you for THE best Inset I have ever attended! I was extremely moved by your story and totally captivated by your enthusiasm and motivation (especially your wonderful sense of humour) and only wish we had had a longer session with you! This morning has given me food for thought, not just on a professional level but also on a personal level and I am truly grateful to have been able to benefit from your huge knowledge and experience! I do hope we may see you again in the not too distant future? "

"Nina was amazing, and really inspired the teachers in the room, in a fun, exciting and practical way"

"I just want to thank you for recommending Nina Jackson to come and talk to us today at our EY Conference. Nina was amazing, and really inspired the teachers in the room, in a fun, exciting and practical way. We have had many positive texts and emails from teachers showing how much they enjoyed the session. Please pass on our thanks to Nina - she was just great!"

"The energy and pizzazz with which you made your presentation was mind blowing. From the early morning workout to ‘Slinky Learning and Teaching‘ you hardly stopped for breath"

"Absolutely amazing! This had totally transformed my mode of thinking. Truly inspirational"
“Education is like a sherbet lemon. We need the structures and systems - the hard exterior - but we can easily lose sight of the magic that is at the heart of this; the teaching and learning - the fizz in the centre”. Of Teaching, Learning and Sherbet Lemons

To read more about Nina Jackson please click here

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

  • Nina’s DBS number is 001538744159 Issued 22nd July 2016

  • Click here to see our price guide


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

Positively Brilliant Teaching and Learning for All

With Nina Jackson. Does what it says...

You Look Fine To Me!

With Nina Jackson. How to support young people at the most difficult times of their lives.

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.