“Life is too short to laminate so make sure your pupils work harder than you do”
Claire Gadsby
Claire Gadsby

Claire is very much in the ‘if you’re working harder than they are you’re doing something wrong’ camp. And so she is a very welcome recent addition to the Independent Thinking team.

Author of Perfect Assessment for Learning for Jackie Beere’s best-selling Perfect series, Claire is an accomplished teacher, trainer and consultant with a Masters in Educational Management who is equally at home in the conference room, training room or classroom working with teachers, school leaders and ‘walking the talk’ with young people themselves. Her mission is to help teachers in all sorts of schools create what she calls ‘irresistible learning’. For her, there are many, many strategies that teachers can employ that involve the minimum amount of preparation yet have the maximum amount of impact on children’s learning. Or, as we like to say, “If you’re planning a lesson and the word ‘laminate’ crops up, you’re trying too hard!”

“Perhaps we should be marking less often but far more effectively” - Perfect Assessment for Learning

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  • Claire has been with Independent Thinking since June 2013

  • Claire's DBS number is 001543763204 issued on 7th September 2016

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Feedback from recent events include:

"Thank you so very much for the inspiring INSET. Our school attended the INSET and all the staff found it extremely useful, especially from the point of view of collecting lots of ideas to try out with their own classes back in school. Since the INSET the school has been filled with stepping stones, snowballs and robins! It has been wonderful. I have tried out lots of your ideas with the children I teach with great success and many of my colleagues have been using your ideas and strategies with their classes too."


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.