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The Golden Age of Curriculum Design

The Golden Age of Curriculum Design is ahead of us according to Associate Will Ryan. A fascinating long-read blog on how we can grasp the opportunity we have to make teaching and learning come alive for all our children.

A New Beginning

Associates Debbie Kidd and Jane Hewitt met Nancy Mayzee in a Kenyan refugee camp in 2015. Impressed by her skill as a teacher and her positivity, we have since sponsored her to go to university in Kampala. This is her latest blog for us, sharing her story and reminding us that, if you can't empower everyone, you can always empower someone.

"I Agree"

Teacher, Independent Thinking Associate and author of Unhomework shares the secret of not spending your evenings and weekends marking.

It Isn’t What You Teach

Associate Will Ryan shares the eight common factors he has observed in classrooms where the teaching and learning makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end.

A Corridor of Curiosities

Associate Jonathan Lear has helped create a Corridor of Curiosity at his school, a multicultural inner-city primary school. Find out what it is, who inspired him, how he went about it and why he did it

A Perspective on the UK's Knife Crime Issue

Reading Stephen Pinker's latest book, Independent Thinking founder Ian Gilbert came across some interesting insights into violent crime and what to do about it.

What Every Schools Needs to Know about Testicular Cancer

Guest blog writer Andrew 'Bernie' Bernard shoots from the hip about about an illness that has increased by nearly 30% in the last few decades.

Thunks on the Business of Learning

The great business guru Peter Drucker used to say that there were only two questions to ask a business: What business are you in? How's business? W ...

The Mosquitoes of Prejudice

There's only one thing that really sorts those Mosquitoes of of Prejudice once and for all

The Sacred Gift of Learning

Our friend and colleague Mike Brearley passed away in October this year. This, one of his last pieces, captures his beliefs about the power of education.