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Questions from The Working Class

Independent Thinking founder Ian Gilbert was asked to deliver a webinar for an academy group recently, drawing on the work in our best-selling book The Working Class. Here are ten questions he put to the delegates that can form part of any school's discussion when it come to 'closing the gap'.

Five-minute read

Cultural Capital II

Part two of the of the webinar given by Phil Beadle on cultural capital - what it is, how schools can do it right it and how Ofsted have got it badly wrong.

Ten-minute watch

Cultural Capital I

Highlights of the first part of a webinar given by Phil Beadle all about cultural capital and how Ofsted have got so very badly wrong.

Six-minute watch

Highlights of a Conversation About Peace and the Power of an Education

Highlights of a conversation with Jim Roberson and Roy Leighton about peace, love and the power of an education.

Ten-minute watch

A Conversation with Jim Roberson about Black Lives Matter

A conversation with Independent Thinking Associate Jim Roberson about Black Lives Matter - #BLM - the US, the UK and the power of an education.

30-minute watch

Equity, Peace and Beauty

On the second of every month we publish our Second Thoughts newsletter. We normally focus on six themes. This month, it was just three. Big ones.

Ten-minute watch and read

A Conversation About Poverty, Education and the Social Mobility Deceit

A conversation about poverty, equity, the social mobility deceit, belonging and education with Chris Kilkenny and Associate (Real) David Cameron.

55-minute watch

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

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

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

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