The Independent Thinking Blog

An ongoing series of blog posts written by our Associates and invited others on a whole host of relevant, contentious and contemporary education-related issues.

It's independent thinking at its best.

You've Got This Part I

Wednesday June 20, 2018

You're young, bullied, poor and dyslexic - great teachers can help; poor teachers can make it worse. This is part one of performance poet and Independent Thinking Associate Rhythmical Mikey's story with plenty to take away for teachers everywhere


Tuesday June 12, 2018

On Saturday 9th June 2018 Independent Thinking was one of the lead organising partners in an amazing conference at Portobello High School in Edinburgh helping Scotland lead the way when it comes to looking at the impact on young people of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences).

Being Frank

Thursday April 26, 2018

New Associate Claire Birkenshaw on what we can learn about equality from a Bantam called Frank

Tommy Can

Thursday April 19, 2018

Long-time Associate Jane Hewitt - our 'Granny with a camera from Barnsley' - has the most wonderful of grandsons. We could all learn a lot about what we can from what Tommy can.

Are Only White People Magic?

Thursday April 19, 2018

London-based teacher and writer Darren Chetty with a special guest post for Independent Thinking on the thinking behind his short poem, ‘Black Wizards’ Supplementary School’, written especially our new book, The Working Class.

Beyond the Bake Sale Pt I

Monday April 9, 2018

Frustrated by the message that children seem to be receiving that a bake sale will make everything better in the world, Ian Gilbert wrote this for his book Independent Thinking.

Beyond the Bake Sale Pt II

Monday April 9, 2018

How one small Barnsley primary school is demonstrating a genuine 'pedagogy of possibility' and making the world better in the process.

What Lies Ahead for Teaching and Learning

Friday March 9, 2018

Teachers and school leaders are busy people and we're often too busy to raise our heads to see what's around the corner. Well, what's around the corner these days has the potential to be very different from what's been around previous corners and if we don't raise our eyes we might not see what's going to hit us.

Coping with Loss: How to Help Children Deal with Grief - Special Contribution

Tuesday September 26, 2017

In a class of 30 children at least one will face a significant bereavement. How a school and its community reacts when it happens can make the difference between helping that child come to terms with his or new life or making the whole nightmare so much worse. In this guest blog post from writer Lucy Wyndham, we look briefly at what we can do if and when when that awful day arrives.