The Independent Thinking Blog

Make 'Em Laugh; Make 'Em Think

Thursday November 3, 2016

Long-time Associate and '6ft ginger stand-up educationalist' Dave Keeling shares some of his favourite activities to get young people laughing and learning in equal measure.

The Working Class

Tuesday November 1, 2016

If you are unhappy about the current narrative around 'working class' children and young people and their education then now is the chance to have your say with our unique new publication.

Provocations I

Saturday October 22, 2016

When asked to write some education-themed provocations we rose to the challenge as you might expect. What would your answers be? Feel free to use these for interviews, INSET or just to start a fight in the staffroom.

Have We Forgotten About PREVENT?

Thursday October 20, 2016

With unease growing about the efficacy of the UK government's PREVENT strategy and doubt being poured on the validity of the science behind it, Associate and Vice Principal Tait Coles poses some serious questions about the whole policy.

Nancy Update

Friday October 14, 2016

When Associates Jane Hewitt, Bethan Stracy-Burbridge and Debbie Kidd went to Kenya's Kakuma refugee camp for us they met an amazing young lady called Nancy. With the generous support of Debbie's Northern Rocks project and our Big i Foundation, Nancy has moved from refugee camp to university campus and is currently studying social work in Uganda. This is her most recent update, The Power to Empower, where she describes how her life has changed in the last couple of years as well as revealing her artistic side.

It's My Way or the Highway

Tuesday April 26, 2016

Special School head and new Associate Jarlath O'Brien tackles the 'no excuses' approach to behaviour. Does treating all children the same way represent a fair and rigorous method of discipline? Or does punishment for non-compliance ignore the complexity of the task at hand?