“Two words sum up what schools should do more of to improve - cultivate wonderment!”
Dr Matthew McFall
Dr Matthew McFall

Many schools pay lip service to the idea that curiosity, wonder and magic can improve motivation for learning. Dr Matthew McFall is proof - living and academic proof – that such approaches really do work.

Probably the world’s only school-based ‘Agent of Wonder’, Matthew’s research is all about strategies and structures that generate wonder and curiosity and their effect on engagement and learning. Whether it is the creation of the awesome ‘Wonder Room’ in what was effectively a large cupboard in an inner-city school to a full scale ‘Wonder Maze’ (‘Every school should have one’ – The Guardian) to school trails of philosophical questions to ‘Cabinets of Curiosities’ full of magic and wonder, Matthew has the experience to show how all schools can use such ideas to enhance learning and motivation, the academic research to back it up and the flair as a presenter to help schools make their own magic real.

“A Cabinet of Curiosities is a room, a display, or a box dedicated to the weird and the wonderful. It is a place for discovery, connection, meaning, and mystery” - The Little Book of Awe and Wonder

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  • Matthew has been with Independent Thinking since 2009 and is one of The 33

  • Matthew’s DBS number is 001429566981 Issued 18th December 2013

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Feedback from recent events include:

"Fantastic! Thanks so much for this brilliant, though provoking session. It was so inspiring."

"Matthew gave me the reminder of all the important things that we should be doing with our children in school."

"Just a quick note to say thank you for a great INSET yesterday. I would be interested in any future ideas and projects that you would be able to share. I am the school SENDCo and will be able to use many of your ideas within my sessions. A boy in Year 2 was fascinated with your book (which I should have mentioned yesterday) but didn't want to interrupt your wonderful training. We abandoned the whole literacy lesson as he explored it with the magnifying glass."

"Thank you again for such an inspirational morning yesterday. You really fired everyone up and I’ve seen all sorts of interesting things appearing and happening today"

"You were simply outstanding today - a breath of fresh air"


Look Then Learn

With Jane Hewitt and Dr Matthew McFall. Using photography and wonder in 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.