“If they can’t see it, smell it, taste it, touch it, hear it, don’t do it”
Simon Cooper-Hind
Simon Cooper-Hind

Simon first came to our attention when he was head of a challenging estate primary school on the south coast of England. Since then, after leaving full time headship, his career has gone from strength to strength as a speaker, trainer, consultant and coach working across the UK and abroad. However, his message has remained the same – unless you make the learning real for the children in your school, you are simply wasting time, yours and theirs.

He is never happier than when he is in the classroom with teachers and their children, modelling his ideas and techniques, and if there is one word that best sums up Simon’s approach to education it is ‘genuine’. Genuine conversations, genuine leadership, genuine relationships and dangerously genuine learning experiences that bring the learning to life, even if it means wrecking a classroom or setting fire to the school playing fields in the process.

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  • Simon has been with Independent Thinking since 2005 and is one of The 33

  • Simon's DBS number is 001510059414 issued on 19th November 2015

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Feedback from recent events include:

"I am just writing to say how bowled over I was by Simon Cooper Hind, who delivered some training on motivating the un-motivated, at my school. I have 22 years of teaching experience and have always been scared that one day, I would become 'stale' with my teaching techniques. Simon delivered such fabulous training that I am excited about the future and fully intend to use all the strategies he went over with us. This has been the first time in a while that I have attended a training course that has been so inspirational. I shall continue forwards with all these great ideas which can only allow my learners to be fully engaged in their learning, leading on to them excelling in their own futures! Thank you for all that you do. Without people like yourselves and Simon, we would all become jaded by the system pretty quick!"

"I would like to say a huge thank you for leading such an inspiring session at the conference last week. Feedback from the day has been overwhelmingly positive and colleagues really found your session engaging and very useful."

"We were delighted that the conference was such a great success and thank you for your support in making it so."

"Excellent, engaging and thought-provoking, could have listened to him for longer"

"After 15 years of teaching it is great to go to a seminar that makes you feel inspired and makes you realise just why we love our job! A reminder it is about the children and not all the paperwork!!"


Genuine School Leadership

With Simon Cooper-Hind. This Event helps you strengthen your leadership by the use of some simple techniques.

How To Engage The Un-Engaged - Make Learning Real

With Simon Cooper-Hind. Do you have disengaged learners? If you do then this Event is for you.

The Chasm - How to Improve Transition in Your School

With Dave Harris and Simon Cooper-Hind

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.