Thursday February 15, 2018
Apart from offering help and support to teachers working with young people growing up in poverty, our new book The Working Class seeks to replace the 'truths' being told with some of our own.
Saturday February 10, 2018
Nothing prepares you for headship apart from headship. Based on experience and observation, these are the first fifteen leeson we think a new head learns.
And learns quickly.
Monday February 5, 2018
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.
Thursday October 26, 2017
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
Tuesday September 26, 2017
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.
Tuesday June 6, 2017
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.
Thursday January 19, 2017
We were recently asked for our advice about building a new school from scratch in Europe. This was our controversial check-list by way of a reply.
Sunday October 30, 2016
We are increasingly hearing the term 'child abuse' being used in relation to practices taking place in schools - some of them very high profile. And all in the name of behaviour and standards. Here Values-based Education founder Dr Neil Hawkes reflects on this worrying state of affairs and what can be done about it.
Sunday October 23, 2016
Jarlath O'Brien, Associate and Special School head, shares his thoughts about how the very language we use serves to the dehumanise children in our care, especially the ones who need us to display our humanity the most.
Thursday October 20, 2016
With unease growing about the efficacy of the UK government's PREVENT strategy and doubt being poured on the validity of the science behind it, Associate and Vice Principal Tait Coles poses some serious questions about the whole policy.
Wednesday October 19, 2016
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
Wednesday October 5, 2016
Special school head Jarlath O'Brien laments the pernicious effects of 'performativity' on our most needy young people.
Tuesday May 17, 2016
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.
Thursday May 12, 2016
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.
Tuesday April 26, 2016
Special School head and new Associate Jarlath O'Brien tackles the 'no excuses' approach to behaviour.
Does treating all children the same way represent a fair and rigorous method of discipline? Or does punishment for non-compliance ignore the complexity of the task at hand?
Monday April 25, 2016
Special school headteacher and Associate Dave Whitaker looks back at an event that shaped his career as a teacher.
Saturday April 9, 2016
Our Associate David Cameron (AKA the Real David Cameron) questions where 'joined-up thinking' has gone, and why academisation and school improvement aren't doing the job we need them to.
Saturday March 19, 2016
On Saturday 19th March we held one of our mind-blowing Thinking Saturdays, this time looking at poverty, education and what the latter’s impact is on children and young people experiencing the former.
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.
Monday December 14, 2015
Off the back of the 'success' (time will tell) of COP21 in Paris in December 2015, Professor Paul Clarke describes why we urgently need to reconnect education to the world we live in