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Peace, Love and the Power of an Education

Jim Roberson and Roy Leighton

The behaviour of the adults will often dictate the behaviour of the students. We say this not to blame you but to empower you.

By prioritising relationships and drawing lessons from the worlds of the Arts, sport and peace studies, schools can improve behaviour, attendance and achievement without resorting to what many see as institutional violence.

Takeaways from the day will include:

  • The number one skill for teachers to get the most out of you and your students.
  • How to recognise the three kinds of violence - direct, structural and cultural - that lead to challenging behaviour, low expectations and disengagement.
  • How to get into - and then out of - constructive conflict.
  • The five ways to be an ‘activist for building positive peace’ in schools.
  • Explore the link between self-motivation and values and how to read the signals that indicate that someone is seeing and experiencing the world differently.



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 Jim and Roy 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.