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Beyond Ofsted

(Real) David Cameron and Dr Debra Kidd

Understanding and implementing Ofsted’s latest expectations to ensure you are doing it, not for the grading, but because it is the right thing to do for your children and students.

Takeaways from the day will include:

  • How do we build a curriculum that is right for our learners and our communities and also meets the demands of Ofsted?
  • What can we learn from other schools and the experience of Scotland and Wales?
  • What might a knowledge-rich and humanity-rich curriculum look like?
  • How do we achieve all this without working ourselves into the ground?
  • Opportunity to learn, share, think, laugh and be challenged with plenty of practical tips and strategies from two people who know.

The exact programme, timings and format of the day will be planned with the school or schools involved*.



And now find out how you can make this conference happen in your area:



Choose the Associates and the topics you want. If there is any topic or combination not on the list, let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate your exact wishes.


You choose the location. It might be that you are willing to host the event or that you just want it in your area. If the latter, let us know roughly how far you would be prepared to travel to attend and we'll do our best to track down a suitable venue within that radius once we have the required number of delegates to make it work (see below). 


Let us know a specific month or even give us a number of possible days that suits you best. We'll check to make sure the Associates you want are available and if so, they'll hold that date. 


We will use our database to help promote the event both nationally and also in your local area. We ask that you use your networks locally to do your bit to raise awareness of the event too.

Because of the unique way Independent Thinking operates, we only need ten delegates for the event to become viable. When we hit the magic number we then work with you to finalise the venue - either your school or somewhere within your radius (see above).

How much?

Places on the day will be just £220 plus VAT per place and that includes refreshments. We will handle all the bookings and the admin and the Associates will host the day too. 

Is that it?

Pretty much. It's a new way of making sure you get the conferences you want, where you want them, when you want them without all the travelling, fuss and getting up super early.

To find out more, drop us a line on or call us on 01267 211432 and give it a go.

*Of course, if you fancy having Debra and David for a traditional conference or INSET day you are already planning then please just get in touch and we'll help you put all that together.

Make a booking, ask a question, panic. All acceptable.

Give us a call on +44 (0)1267 211432 or drop us a line at

We promise to get back to you reassuringly quickly.