The Independent Thinking Blog

Dung Beetles and Monday Mornings

Friday February 19, 2016

On Saturday 13th Feb 2016 we held a different sort of event for Independent Thinking. It wasn’t a day course, an INSET session or a conference but a not-for-profit gathering of interested teachers and Associates. We were there, Barnsley to be precise, because we all felt we needed to do something about that point where education and environmental issues met. When we say ‘we’ we mean you as well, all of us. And when we say, ‘environmental issues’, we mean catastrophic, ‘this changes everything’, end of the world as we know it environmental issues.

Rescued from Nightmare

Friday January 15, 2016

IN 2015 Debbie Kidd, Jane Hewitt and Bethan Stracy-Burbridge went out to Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya with the World Wide Education Project, funded by our Big i Foundation. There they met Nancy. This is her story.

An Education in Double Standards

Friday December 11, 2015

Following the decision of the UK Parliament to bomb Syria, Tait Coles reflects on the sorry state of affairs this leaves an education system that should, by definition, be encouraging dissent, not fearing it.

It's Just Nuts on a Plate

Monday October 5, 2015

I think I’ve read more education research in the last few years than at any point in my teaching career. Some of it has made me think differently about my practice and some of it has cemented my beliefs. Based on what I see on Twitter I suppose that’s the point. Yet rather than opening up the debate about good teaching, what seems to be happening far more frequently is research being used to tell teachers in no uncertain terms exactly how to teach.

Tait Coles' Message to Jeremy Corbyn

Wednesday September 30, 2015

Associate Tait Coles, the man behind Punk Learning and never one to mince his words, was asked by The Guardian what his request to new Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn would be. This is his full reply:

What If?

Sunday June 21, 2015

An article first published by the Secondary Heads Association (now ASCL) in 2004 and written by Ian Gilbert, founder of Independent Thinking. Watch out for imitations...

Zero Waste Schools

Friday June 19, 2015

Governments around the world are increasingly fixated simply on data in schools. Meanwhile, really important things like the damage we are doing to our planet only get worse. But schools can do something about – and many of the children in them certainly do want to play their part.

How the Brian Works (sic)!

Monday October 13, 2014

Last weekend we held one of our Thinking Saturdays where an open invitation is put out to our Associates to get together to explore certain key areas relevant to our work across the board in education. This time - the brain with paediatric neurologist Dr Andrew Curran