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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.

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.

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.

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.

Sanction Free Reward Free

A guest blog from Rachel Tomlinson, headteacher of the award-winning Barrowford Primary School in Lancashire, on why her school is a sanction-free and reward-free zone. Controversially.

 

The Last Sympathy Card in Tesco

Long-time Associate Nina - Ninja - Jackson sums up the mood of the nation after an emotional trip to her local Tesco in search of a sympathy card.

Altruism Now

Educator Dave Green shares his thoughts on the true nature of altruism in a post-COVID society - what it is and what it isn't. Part of the INSET Junction project.

So You Want to Build a New School

We were asked a while back for our thoughts about building a new school from scratch. Drawing on his experience in schools and school systems around the world, these are Ian Gilbert's 32 surprising recommendations. 

Key Skills for 2020

Associate Jackie Beere OBE has a new book coming out which helps schools address the real key skills needed for 2020 and beyond. Here is a sneaky preview with plenty to think about when we ask our favourite question, what are they learning while you're teaching them?

Fanfare Please

In which Independent Thinking founder Ian Gilbert suggests that, despite earlier promises, now is indeed the time for that fanfare for the common man and woman.

Patience, Coronavirus and the Kestrel of Hope

A guest post from Andrew - Bernie - Bernard about the power of hope and patience at times such as these and what we can all learn from young Billy Casper.

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