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A Message to NQTs and ECTs Everywhere

Associate Martin Illingworth is a senior lecturer on the Sheffield Hallam University PGCE programme. Here is his message to the class of 2020.

Three-minute read

A Conversation About Coaching, Coping and Better Conversations

A conversation about coaching, coping and better conversations in challenging times with Associates Gill KellyAndy Vass and Jackie Beere.

53-minute watch

A Conversation About the Power of Curiosity and Wonder

A conversation about the power of curiosity and wonder to promote motivation, engagement and learning with Associates Dr Matthew McFall and Dave Harris (includes magic).

53-minute watch

Guest Blog - Beth Dawes on the Object Permanence of Friendship

We asked Year One teacher and SENCo Beth Dawes for her views about relationships, friendship and helping some of our most vulnerable young learners. 

Five-minute read

A Conversation About the Future of Schools and Schooling

A conversation about the future of schools and schooling with Independent Thinking Associate Martin Illingworth, author of Forget School, and education speaker, writer and thinker, Graham Brown-Martin.

55-minute watch

A Conversation About Teacher Well-being and Healthy Schools

A conversation about teacher well-being and healthy schools with Associate Nina Jackson and guest Kelly Hannaghan (@mindworkmatters).

52-minute watch

A Conversation About Classroom Environments

A conversation about classroom environments where learners feel safe and thrive with Associates Crista Hazell and Claire Gadsby, author of Dynamically Different Classrooms

53-minute watch

A Conversation About Going back to School With a Focus on SEND and Well-being

A conversation about going back to school with a focus on SEND and well-being with Independent Thinking Associate Nina Jackson and SEND specialist Lorraine Petersen.

55-minute watch