“Let's decide to be the best that we can be - for the children we teach are our future”
Nina Jackson
Nina Jackson

Education is a world of very special people but you will meet few as special as Nina ‘Ninja’ Jackson. With a background in mainstream and special needs education and many years’ experience as a pedagogical and pastoral champion, Nina has a breath-taking grasp of what makes classrooms - and all the people in them - tick.

She is a highly creative educator and trainer as well as an Apple teacher and works globally to help teachers embrace learning technology, including those working in a SEND environment. Yet it is her work as an international emotional health and wellbeing ‘ambassador’ for which she is currently most in demand. Whether it’s receiving standing ovations from audiences of school leaders or working with children in their classrooms, Nina brings warmth, humanity, honesty and fun to every environment, making a truly lasting impression wherever she goes.

She is an Associate Director with Independent Thinking and works across the UK as well as in challenging environments in places such as Ghana, Chile and the Middle East. Her latest best-selling book, Of Teaching, Learning and Sherbet Lemons: A Compendium of Careful Advice for Teachers, has helped put the ‘fizz’ back into classrooms for thousands of teachers.

NB Trigger Warning - Nina covers some traumatic and harrowing experiences from her life in her talks on mental health and emotional well-being which some delegates may find distressing

“Education is like a sherbet lemon. We need the structures and systems - the hard exterior - but we can easily lose sight of the magic that is at the heart of this; the teaching and learning - the fizz in the centre”. Of Teaching, Learning and Sherbet Lemons

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  • Nina has been with Independent Thinking for over 10 years and is one of The 33

  • Nina’s DBS number is 001538744159 Issued 22nd July 2016

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Feedback from recent events include:

"Thank you so much for your presentation at our conference. Your input really was incredible I think everyone in the audience really appreciated your honest and open presentation. You really did give us something to think about. You have realised what everyone in the room realised; it is the beauty that is inside that is so important. Your inner beauty certainly encaptured everyone at the conference."

"Thank you so much for your incredible session. It was such a powerful presentation, with so much to take on board and so thought provoking. You are such an inspirational speaker and we were all amazed by your life story. There was lots of hugging going on in the lunch room between some of my colleagues, which was so lovely!! We will certainly be adopting some of your fantastic strategies in school to try to help our children to become more self aware and appreciative of themselves."

"A very bubbly provider which was fab, as you were hooked from the beginning. Very knowledgeable and passionate about her area for ALN Pupils."

"I’d just like to say a huge - ‘thank you’ - for looking after us last week!!! Everyone found the days tremendously powerful, informative, inspirational and enjoyable – it was FANTASTIC!!! I only hope you all found the days as worthwhile as we did."

"I just wanted to thank you for an incredible speech. Not only funny but also jaw dropping in parts."

"It was a real pleasure to share the day with you so thank you once again. Your positivity, passion and enthusiasm is truly infectious and has made a real impact on our children. I have met with a number of parents over the week, all of whom have mentioned that their children have spoken about your session"


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

A Joint Independent Thinking and IAPS conference

Positively Brilliant Teaching and Learning for All

With Nina Jackson. Does what it says...

You Look Fine To Me!

With Nina Jackson. How to support young people at the most difficult times of their lives.

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.