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A Conversation About Teaching Outdoors

A conversation about teaching and learning outdoors with Juliet Robertson and Jane Hewitt, the team behind Dirty Teaching and Messy Maths.

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Don't Clap For Us

Independent Thinking founder Ian Gilbert has a message for people when it comes to teachers and their response to the Covid-19 crisis.

One-minute read

Let the Children Heal You

Among our Associates are practising teachers and school leaders. We asked some of them about their thoughts on how things are now and what happens when children go back to school. Here are 33 points that came up.

Three-minute read

Hope or Silence - We Can't Have Both

Preparing to go back to school when it is clearly not safe to do so is not the least of Professor Paul Clarke's concerns - it's the compliance with which we do what the government tells us that is a serious underlying worry.

Five-minute read

Are We Refusing to Learn From Lockdown?

Associate (Real) David Cameron poses an important question that is vexing him during the current transformation of the education system - are we all refusing to learn from lockdown?

Five-minute read

Guest Blog - Sara Alston on Echo Teaching Part Three

Part Three of a guest blog from Sara Alston looking at how teachers can make better use of the TA in the classroom when they move beyond the 'echo teaching' model.

Three-minute read

Hindsight 2020

Associate, Senior Lecturer in Education and English specialist Martin Illingworth fills in some of the gaps between the publication of his controversial new book Forget School and the dramatic changes we see around us now.

Three-minute read

Guest Blog - Sara Alston on Echo Teaching Part Two

Part Two on the most - and least - effective use of your TA from guest blogger, SEND specialist Sara Alston.

Two-minute read

Guest Blog - Rachel Tomlinson on Her Sanction-Free, Reward-Free School

A guest blog from Rachel Tomlinson, headteacher of the award-winning Barrowford Primary School in Lancashire, on why her school is a sanction-free and reward-free zone. Controversially.

Four-minute read

 

The Daily Walk Photo Challenge

Each day our favourite 'Granny with a Camera' Associate Jane Hewitt uses social media to encourage people to take part in a photo challenge as they enjoy their daily walk. Here are some suggestions as to what the challenge can be for you to try with your own children and families.

Three-minute read

The IIlusion of Peacefulness

Associate and environmentalist Professor Paul Clarke reminds us not to confuse clear skies with clean skies - there are bigger battles left to fight.

Three-minute read