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What Now for Education?

Associate Dr Debra Kidd is a passionate and informed advocate for a different sort of education. In this blog, she urges us to use recent world events to redefine what we mean by a 'good education'.

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When They Go Low

We put this out on a mailshot to subscribers 24 hours after the US presidential elections. Judging by the feedback, it seemed to help.

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The Working Class

If you are unhappy about the current narrative around 'working class' children and young people and their education then now is the chance to have your say with our unique new publication.

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A University Education at Any Price?

Isn't it about time we challenged the whole 'school to university to a life of debt' conveyor belt? asks Independent Thinking founder Ian Gilbert. After all, as is always the case, there is another way.

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Beyond the Bake Sale: Introducing A Pedagogy of Possibility

A report from a recent Thinking Saturday on how schools can and should integrate dilemma-based service learning into the curriculum through a pedagogy of possibility.

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What Would Nature Do?

Associate Professor Paul Clarke examines the need to rethink entirely the way we approach our education system, moving away from the broken mental model we use now and learning from nature in the process.

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Let's Play Master and Servant - Character Education

Phil Beadle tells us what he really thinks about 'character education' and the problem of what it means for children today.

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Whatever Happened to Joined-Up Thinking?

Our Associate David Cameron (AKA the Real David Cameron) questions where 'joined-up thinking' has gone, and why academisation and school improvement aren't doing the job we need them to.

Children in Poverty

On Saturday 19th March we held one of our mind-blowing Thinking Saturdays, this time looking at poverty, education and what the latter’s impact is on children and young people experiencing the former.

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Dung Beetles and Monday Mornings

On Saturday 13th Feb 2016 we held a different sort of event for Independent Thinking. It wasn’t a day course, an INSET session or a conference but a not-for-profit gathering of interested teachers and Associates to look at a climate change curriculum.

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Rescued from Nightmare

In 2015 Debbie Kidd, Jane Hewitt and Bethan Stracy-Burbridge went out to Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya with the World Wide Education Project, funded by our Big i Foundation. There they met Nancy. This is her story.

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Reconnecting Education and Breaking the Illusion of Certainty

Off the back of the 'success' (time will tell) of COP21 in Paris in December 2015, Associate Professor Paul Clarke describes why we urgently need to reconnect education to the world we live in.

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