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The Spelling Test Reloaded

Many a Thursday night has been spoiled by having to prepare for the Friday morning spelling test beloved of so many primary schools. We asked Associate Mark Creasy for some thoughts on stirring things up a bit...?

Three-minute read

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'.

Four-minute read

Make 'Em Laugh; Make 'Em Think

Long-time Associate and '6ft ginger stand-up educationalist' Dave Keeling shares some of his favourite activities to get young people laughing and learning in equal measure.

Five-minute read

The Importance of Visual Education

Associate and our 'official' photographer, Jane Hewitt, describes the power of photography to shock, to inform, to learn and to help young people (and ourselves) see the world with new eyes. 

Five-minute read

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.

Four-minute read

It's Just Nuts on a Plate

Associate and inner-city primary deputy and teacher Jonathan Lear on why direct transmission teaching could be seen as just 'nuts on a plate'. And not in a good way.

Five-minute read

What If?

An article first published by the Secondary Heads Association (now ASCL) in 2004 and written by Ian Gilbert, founder of Independent Thinking. Watch out for imitations...

Five-minute read

How the Brian Works (sic)!

Last weekend we held one of our Thinking Saturdays to get together to explore certain key areas relevant to our work across the board in education. This time - the brain with Associate and paediatric neurologist Dr Andrew Curran.

Five-minute read

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