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The First 19 Lessons of Headship

Nothing prepares you for headship apart from headship. Based on experience and observation, these are the first nineteen leeson we think a new head learns. And learns quickly.

What Can We Learn From a School Where Teachers Don’t Teach and Children Choose Why, What, How, When and If They Want to Learn?

In February 2018 Independent Thinking founder Ian Gilbert had the opportunity to visit a very interesting school within a school in the Netherlands and took away some interesting lessons for educators everywhere.

Making Children Learn vs Making Children Learners

Independent Thinking Founder Ian Gilbert gets off his chest what has been bugging him about the latest 'This is how we learn' practice with the help of design evangelist Chase Buckley.

Perceive

A challenging and profound read from our Professor Paul Clarke on perception, scientific understanding and how Edgar Allan Poe might have stumbled across the Big Bang Theory

The Only Fresh Air Is Outside in the Yard

When Associate and university-based teacher trainer Martin Illingworth offered to contribute to our forthcoming book The Working Class, it sowed the seed for something more than simply the written word.

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

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.

In Difficult Times - A Unique Perspective

With the terrible events that have taken place in the country in recent weeks, we asked Associate, ex-SAS Major and former head of the UK's Counter Terrorism Unit, Floyd Woodrow what messages he has for the children in our classrooms.

The Spelling Test Reloaded

Many a Thursday night has been spoiled by having to prepare for the Friday morning spelling test beloved of so many primary schools. How about stirring things up a bit...?

The Google Pause

Next time you feel yourself reaching for your smartphone to check an answer, try something else instead.

A Pedagogy of Questioning

The better the questioning, the harder the thinking, the deeper the learning. Here are 34 questions for starters to use with - and be used by - your learners.