“Children who have been taught to read and write in order to ‘reread and rewrite the world’ are the greatest gift we can give the future”
Ian Gilbert
Ian Gilbert

Ian is an award-winning author and editor, a leading educational speaker and entrepreneur and a man who the IB magazine named as one of its top 15 educational ‘visionaries’. He established Independent Thinking in 1994 as a platform for leading practitioners to share their work in bringing the best out of all children. Currently spending his time between Rotterdam and South Wales, he has lived and worked in the UK, South America and the Middle East and so has a special perspective on classrooms and systems, what works and what definitely doesn’t.

He is the author of several best-selling books including Essential Motivation in the Classroom and Why Do I Need a Teacher When I’ve Got Google? (spoiler alert – you need good teachers now more than ever), is the man behind the Thunks phenomenon and has also edited many books for the Independent Thinking Press. His latest book, a collaborative project and an Amazon number one selling title, The Working Class, was published in the spring of 2018.

“It’s about love, life and death - all else is admin” - Independent Thinking

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  • Ian founded Independent Thinking in May 1994 and is one of The 33

  • Ian's DBS number is 001465009961 issued Ist November 2014

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Feedback from recent events include:

"Thank you for such an inspirational inset. Staff thoroughly enjoyed this INSET and have had an inspiring start to term. Funnily enough, lots of circles appeared at the start of lessons, but with surprising twists – in a Geog lesson a teacher used the four circles to depict the learning from previous lessons – very effective! Also, other fun and creative starters are in force to create the right learning state. "

"Thank you for being an inspiration!"

"I caught you at your Masterclass at last week’s EduLEAD and it was truly an amazing experience"

"Thank you so much for your inspiring congress speeches at the World EduLead Conference in Sydney. I have to confess that your second speech - What have the Venezuelans ever done for us?made me quite teary - especially the end clip - isn’t that what a leader ultimately is? Starting something - leading by example and then having others come on board. "

"I just wanted to put in writing that this morning's session with Ian Gilbert was superb. He was an excellent speaker, who really engaged with parents, and I have no doubt that a lot of reflection will be going on as a result"

"A truly inspirational speaker, who not only had interesting and useful things to share, but was also very witty and entertaining. I didn't want the session to end"


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.