“We’re pedagogical activists who can change the future so hope, don't mope, reform, don't moan”
Dr Debra Kidd
Dr Debra Kidd

When it comes to embedding genuine creativity in our classroom practice, Dr Debra Kidd has been walking the talk for many years now. She combines the rare feat of having teaching experience in every phase of education with her recent doctoral studies looking at the genuinely complex nature of education alongside a growing international reputation.

With such a unique background, she is very well placed to help teachers with practical, insightful and inspiring ideas to help bring lessons to life for all children, regardless of academic or social background.

What’s more, she is proving herself to be a powerful ally for the sorts of school leaders and policy makers who are looking for support when it comes to standing up for the sort of education we can all believe in.

The originator of the popular grassroots event Northern Rocks and the author of a number of challenging and controversial education books, Debra is equally at home debating thorny global educational issues in conferences and keynotes as well as rolling her sleeves up and working with children of all ages in areas ranging from literacy and oracy to theatre and music, self-confidence and leadership and standing up to make the world a better place.

“Our obsession with measuring and certainty has driven us to a point of near despair and to moments of blind acceptance of the shiny and new” - Teaching: Notes from the Front Line

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  • Debra has been with Independent Thinking since January 2014 and is one of The 33

  • Debra's DBS number is 001474618168 issued 2nd February 2015 (checked 17th August 2018 via the Update Service)

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Feedback from recent events include:

"Just want to say thank you for coming to talk at our leadership conference. In the discussions afterwards (in the bar!) and in the evaluations, the group felt that you really captured what the curriculum should look like for our children. To quote one HT - ‘It reminded me of things we have done in the past that have been forgotten in the drive to improve standards.’ You clearly demonstrated that the two are not mutually exclusive!"

"You were fantastic. Your keynote speech was ‘spot on.’….. inspiring, challenging and set up the rest of our two days of INSET really well. Your session with the small group was great too. You quickly tuned into and connected with the thoughts and ideas of the teachers in the group and gave us plenty to think about. THANK YOU"

"Thank you so much for helping to make the AET HT's conference such a stimulating, enjoyable and valuable occasion this week. I am deeply grateful to you . The feedback was hugely positive and I am so grateful to you."

"I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful training today. The delegates absolutely loved it - we had loads of comments on evaluations remarking on your ‘inspiring sessions’ and noting key messages from your models, demonstrations and explanations that they have taken to their hearts. I’m thrilled because you showed people so easily what I have been awkwardly trying to express about immersing the children in learning."

"Your passion and drive for training and development of new entrants to the profession and the key drivers for the best teaching were particularly engaging. I know that many delegates were reflecting on key aspects of your presentation throughout the conference."


11th October 2018 - Making Learning Matter: creativity, investment and challenge for all learners

A Joint Independent Thinking and IAPS conference

How to Teach Without Losing Your Soul

With Hywel Roberts and Dr Debra Kidd. This Event helps you to remember why you became a teacher.

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.