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Nature Is Still Here

Professor Paul Clarke, an Independent Thinking Associate and active environmentalist, offers some words of advice for turbulent times.

Growth Mindset Made Simple

Growth Mindset summed up in four headings and one life-changing mantra. Perfect for busy teachers.

What Now for Education?

Associate Dr Debra Kidd is a passionate and informed advocate for a different sort of education. In this blog, she urges us to use recent world events to redefine what we mean by a 'good education'.

When They Go Low

We put this out on a mailshot to subscribers 24 hours after the US presidential elections. Judging by the feedback, it seemed to help.

Make 'Em Laugh; Make 'Em Think

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

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

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.

The Importance of Visual Education

Associate and our 'official' photographer, Jane Hewitt, describes the power of photography to shock, to inform, to learn and to help young people (and ourselves) see the world with new eyes. All photos by Jane, of course.

A University Education at Any Price?

Isn't it about time we challenged the whole 'school to university to a life of debt' conveyor belt? asks Independent Thinking founder Ian Gilbert. After all, as ever, there is another way

Nancy Update

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.