Conference Addresses


Over our twenty years, Associates from Independent Thinking have spoken at pretty much every sort of conference and gathering from The Education Show, BETT, international, national and regional teacher and head teacher conferences, union conferences, TeachMeets, Pedagoos and everything else in between across the UK and across the world.


Whether it's a keynote to open the day with a bang, a 'send 'em home happy' closing address or the dreaded graveyard slot, we know how to hit the spot and deliver a presentation that is engaging, entertaining, effective and does the job of encouraging delegates to rethink what they do and why they do it.

What's more, the breadth of expertise we can draw on means that we are often asked to provide more than one Associate for the same conference which gives us the opportunity to offer you a better deal as well as do some joined-up thinking between the Associates prior to your conference.

We've made things easier for you to choose by putting together The 33 - the 33 Associates with their eyes on the major whole-school and leadership issues of the day and a great track record in making any conference a success.

And if you're looking for something more niche then check out our Topics page where you will find specialists covering a whole range of issues including art therapy, librarianship for the 21st century, drugs education and environmental approaches that might just save the world.


Feedback from Walsall's SEND Conference in October 2016:

"Dave Whitaker was just wonderful! Everything we hoped for and more. Our delegates described him as 'inspirational'. He moved the room to tears and made many of us think twice about what we do now and how we can do it even better in future. I am certain that on Monday morning many schools from Walsall will be dealing with their students differently and far more positively as a result of all that he shared with us. He was funny, engaging, motivating and challenging in all the right ways. Many of our delegates identified him as the key part of the conference that will make a positive difference to their future practice. We are so glad that he came! 

We would have no reservations in using Independent Thinking again for our future conferences and would definitely want to work with Dave in the future."

For more information and to explore who would be the best Associate - or Associate team - for your conference needs, simply call the Independent Thinking office on 0844 589 0490 * or e-mail us at

We look forward to helping you ensure your conference comes alive and that means, yes, even the graveyard slot.

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