“Good teaching doesn’t lead to good learning; it’s good learning that leads to good teaching”
Mike Brearley
Mike Brearley

Mike’s work and infectious enthusiasm for teaching and learning starts with one basic premise – that every child is intrinsically motivated to learn, grow and achieve. The teacher’s job, then, is to cultivate the right conditions where that desire to succeed can become a reality.

With an endorsement for his approaches from University College London, Mike shows that it is the emotional engagement of all involved that is right at the heart of sustainable improvements in achievement. And by achievement he doesn’t just mean test results. Whether it is schools in challenging circumstances or those that think they are doing fine but are unaware of the challenges they actually have, Mike takes all staff on a journey that makes the child the ‘hero of their own learning’ and, in doing so, turns the concept of leadership into a creative and collaborative process, out ‘from under the shadow of the school leaders’.

"In the emotionally intelligent school, individuals see possibilities and explore them. Individual learning creates the culture of continual growth"

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  • Mike has been with Independent Thinking for over 10 years and is one of The 33

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Feedback from recent events include:

"Mike’s presentation was fantastic. He is such a captivating educationalist."

"Mike’s presentation provided a very thoughtful but also energetic and entertaining end to our inset."

"Please thank Mike on behalf of PAPH CIC for such a great talk at our Conference. We fully enjoyed it and all heads found it very interesting"

"I've just returned from a day with Mike Brearley in Manchester and I feel fired up and ready to change the world!"

"Mike promised a challenging yet fun day and delivered just that. Many staff said at the end how much they felt he had pushed them out of their comfort zones yet not to a point where they felt uncomfortable and threatened"

"I really feel Mike gave staff much food for thought and a number of strategies they could use to create a more engaging and positive climate within the classroom"


Parent Event

For many schools, getting parents to the school for an event is something that is only beaten in difficulty by getting the right parents to school for an event. That said, the parents who do come to our Learning and Motivation for Parents Events always head home buzzing with ideas that are not only helpful in dealing with their children but also very relevant for their own careers and personal development.

Governor Event

Being a governor is an incredibly important task these days so we are delighted when we are asked to support them in their work in all sorts of schools around the country. Apart from ensuring the event is an entertaining and enjoyable one for all, especialy as it is so often on a rainy Saturday, we make sure our input is informative, relevant, up to date and guarantees all governors go back into their schools knowing what to look for, what to do and the rights sorts of questions to ask.