Independent Thinking Worldwide
World Class Learning
In the new connected 'flat world' we know that 'good' isn't good enough, 'outstanding' barely is and the only standard that really counts is 'World Class'. That is why Independent Thinking prides itself on our world class Associates who, as well as making a difference across Great Britain, are also contributing to education in many countries around the world.
Here is the current list of places where our Associates have been delivering the message in recent years:
- Abu Dhabi
- Hong Kong
- Port Talbot
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- United States
(Not to mention Northern Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Wight and Isle of Man - not exactly abroad but you have to cross the sea so it feels like it).
Here is what Associate Tim Benton had to say about a trip to India on behalf of Independent Thinking:
'My Indian experience was overwhelmingly positive, and it was fascinating to see the 'flat earth' up close!
I don't think I was quite prepared for how Indian education works - lots of rote learning, with little breath for creativity or thinking skills. The children learn vast amount of information, and the speed at which they work is astounding. Their mental arthimetic, especially, is quite spectacular.
The teachers there, however, were very open to professional development and soaked up my INSETs on creative learning, with enthusiasm. The sessions were long; a two day programme in each school, working for around 4 -5 hours each of the days, so between 8 and 10 hours worth of INSET with each group. Numbers - usually around 50 to 60 teachers. Mostly women.
Taranvir, who runs the Achievers' Programme is great; he accompanied me for most of my travels, and made sure I was well fed and watered! Accommodation is basic, in most instances, but comfortable. I stayed in a mix of hotels and school guest houses. I have to say though, I was well looked after. I also spent 6 days staying with Taranvir and his family in Chandigarh, which was lovely. They are very hospitable people and made me feel one of the family while I was there.'
So, if you are heading abroad or already there and feel that we can help you - wherever you are in the world - please call us on +44 844 589 0490 * or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get our bags packed.
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