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How Thunks Helped Us Survive Lockdown

Associate and Year Three teacher Mark Creasy shares the many, many ways he uses Thunks and how they have been a godsend to keep his class thinking through lock down

What We Really Missed Out On

We asked Jessica Creasy, daughter of our Associate Mark, what being one of the Covid generations Year 11 students has been like since exams were taken off the table.

The Five Saids

It's a world of fake news, deep fake technology and well, politicians from over there. So, here's is our quick and easy student guide to critical thinking.

A Message to NQTs Everywhere

Associate Martin Illingworth is a senior lecturer on the Sheffield Hallam University PGCE programme. Here is his message to the NQT class of 2020.

The Object Permanence of Friendship

We asked Year One teacher and SENCo Beth Dawes for her views about relationships, friendship and helping some of our most vulnerable young learners. 

Equity, Peace and Beauty

On the second of every month we publish our Second Thoughts newsletter. We normally focus on six themes. This month, it was just three. Big ones.

Don't Clap For Us

Independent Thinking founder Ian Gilbert has a message for people when it comes to teachers and their response to the Covid crisis.

Let the Children Heal You

Among our Associates are practising teachers and school leaders. We asked some of them about their thoughts on how things are now and what happens when children go back to school. Here are 33 points that came up.

Hope or Silence - We Can't Have Both

Preparing to go back to school when it is clearly not safe to do so is not the least of Professor Paul Clarke's concerns - it's the compliance with which we do what the government tells us that is a serious underlying worry.

Are We Refusing to Learn From Lockdown?

Associate (Real) David Cameron poses an important question that is vexing him during the current transformation of the education system - are we all refusing to learn from lockdown?

Echo Teaching III

Part Three of a guest blog from Sara Alston looking at how teachers can make better use of the TA in the classroom when they move beyond the 'echo teaching' model.

Hindsight 2020

Associate, Senior Lecturer in Education and English specialist Martin Illingworth fills in some of the gaps between the publication of his controversial new book Forget School and the dramatic changes we see around us now.