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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

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

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

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

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

Teachers as Inventors, not Scientists

Teachers of the world! It's time to rejoice in our role, not as scientists doing what the research tells us, but as inventors. Then, Ian Gilbert suggests, we can let the research catch up with us.

Three-minute read

 

ACES High

Independent Thinking was one of the lead partners in an amazing conference helping Scotland lead the way when it comes to looking at the impact on young people of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences).

Five-minute read

Beyond the Bake Sale Pt II

How one small Barnsley primary school is demonstrating a genuine 'pedagogy of possibility' and making the world better in the process.

Three-minute read

Beyond the Bake Sale Pt I

Frustrated by the message that children seem to be receiving that a bake sale will make everything better in the world, Ian Gilbert wrote this for his book Independent Thinking.

Four-minute read

Why This Book Needed Writing

Apart from offering help and support to teachers working with young people growing up in poverty, our new book The Working Class seeks to replace the 'truths' being told with some of our own as outlined here by the book's editor, Ian Gilbert.

Ten-minute read and watch

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