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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.

Beyond the Bake Sale: Introducing A Pedagogy of Possibility

A report from a recent Thinking Saturday on how schools can and should integrate dilemma-based service learning into the curriculum.

New (Academic) Year's Resolutions

Ever worry you might be getting into a rut in and out of the classroom? Well, here are 49 suggestions for what you can do to keep yourself - and those around you - on your toes all year long

Swan Upping, Children Downing?

In the summer holidays, schools are brilliant places to work. Dave Whitaker talks about why he loves summer - but why not all his students feel the same way, and what swans have to do with it.

15 Seconds and Counting

Nina Jackson believes that the simple '15 Second Rule' is a great way to get back your 'life time'.

What Would Nature Do?

Professor Paul Clarke examines the need to rethink entirely the way we approach our education system, moving away from the broken mental model we use now.

But Everyone Else Is Doing It - Children, Cheating and the SATs

The SATS in England are descending into farce but there is also an altogether more disturbing side to them now that so much is at stake, not for the children perhaps, but for the teachers and school leaders. Written anonymously, for obvious reasons, by a concerned primary school teacher.

The Power Of With

Let Independent Thinking Associate and Restorative Practice expert Mark Finnis explain the wonderful power of 'with'.