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Loss

At some point schools will reopen after Covid-19. At some point schools will come face to face with children who lost loved ones. Now what? Ian Gilbert shares some advice from personal experience to help schools help young people now and into the future.

Four-minute read

Guest Blog - Sara Alston on Echo Teaching Part One

As part of our INSET Junction project we asked for a guest blog from SEND and safeguarding specialist Sara Alston. This is part one on her thoughts about getting the best out of the Teaching Assistants in our classrooms.

Four-minute read

Guest Blog - Mark Goodwin on The Cookie Jar Checklist

Freelance trainer and consultant Mark Goodwin has put forward this really useful checklist of how to go about building and maintaining effective relationships with young people to help them learn well.

Three-minute read

The Last Sympathy Card in Tesco

Long-time Associate Nina - Ninja - Jackson sums up the mood of the nation after an emotional trip to her local Tesco in search of a sympathy card.

Three-minute read

A Guest Blog from Dave Green on Altruism

Educator Dave Green shares his thoughts on the true nature of altruism in a post-COVID society - what it is and what it isn't.

Five-minute read

So You Want to Build a New School

We were asked a while back for our thoughts about building a new school from scratch. Drawing on his experience in schools and school systems around the world, these are Ian Gilbert's 32 surprising recommendations. 

Four-minute read

So What Are the Essential Skills Our Young People Need for 2020?

Associate Jackie Beere OBE has a new book coming out which helps schools address the real key skills needed for 2020 and beyond. Here is a sneaky preview with plenty to think about when we ask our favourite question, what are they learning while you're teaching them?

Five-minute read

Connectivity

Head of PE at Hartland International School in Dubai, Niall Statham, shares his thoughts on what it is that online education - indeed all education - has at its heart.

Five-minute read and watch

Stories Not Worksheets

Drama specialist Paul Bateson shares his experience of what happens when you ignore the worksheets left out for you for the cover lesson and employ some storytelling magic instead. 

Four-minute read

When This Is All Over...

Education consultant and SEND specialist Lorraine Petersen shares her thoughts on the challenges thrown up for SEND children and their teachers and families in the current crisis - and also the opportunities for real positive change.

Five-minute read

Fanfare Please

In which Independent Thinking founder Ian Gilbert suggests that, despite earlier promises, now is indeed the time for that fanfare for the common man and woman.

30-minute read and watch

Patience, Coronavirus and the Kestrel of Hope

A guest post from Andrew - Bernie - Bernard about the power of hope and patience at times such as these and what we can all learn from young Billy Casper.

Three-minute read