The Independent Thinking Blog

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

The View From the Special School Part Two

Tuesday June 10, 2014

Twelve months ago I felt compelled to write a blog about the frustrations I was feeling regarding GCSE exams and children in special and alternative provision. For those who read my ‘annual blog’ I was attempting to express my feeling of despair about how the children at my school are put through worrying levels of pressure to sit exams. Well, it’s happening again!

The Revolution Will Not Be Metricised

Saturday April 26, 2014

Gil Scott Heron, writer of The Revolution Will Not be Televised, spoke of the inability of mainstream media to bring what is in the hearts of the people to the world. His poem, written in the 1970s, was meant as both a call to arms as well as a recognition that there is an alternative out there, an alternative we have to go out and find.