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A Conversation About Going Back

A conversation about going back in primary, secondary and special schools with Independent Thinking Associates and school leaders Julie Rees and Dave Whitaker and Andy Greenhough, headteacher at Ralph Allen School.

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A Conversation About Supporting Bereaved Children

A conversation about supporting children experiencing loss and bereavement with Julie ReesPhoebe Gilbert and Fergus Crow, CEO of Winston's Wish.

55-minute watch

A Conversation About Restorative Practice

A conversation about restorative practice, coaching, behaviour and achievement with Associate Mark Finnis and Simon Flowers, Headteacher of Carr Manor High School

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Guest Blog - Rachel Tomlinson on Her Sanction-Free, Reward-Free School

A guest blog from Rachel Tomlinson, headteacher of the award-winning Barrowford Primary School in Lancashire, on why her school is a sanction-free and reward-free zone. Controversially.

Four-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

Observations

We asked Associate and Restorative Practice guru Mark Finnis what lessons he had gleaned, heard or observed about relationships, people and communities during this current crisis. Here are 43 truisms he has picked up. So far...

Three-minute read

For What We Are About To Receive...

At a time when the whole country seems to be waiting, waiting... coach and Independent Thinking Associate Andy Vass shares a view on the important difference between anticipation and expectation.

One-minute read

Independent Thinking On Loss

A short video about bereavement and loss created for teachers and school leaders by Ian Gilbert with Phoebe Gilbert and Winston's Wish.

Five-minute watch

Thunks on the Business of Learning

Ian Gilbert was recently asked to put together some Thunks linked to schools and schooling. Here are his 31 Thunks on the business of learning.

Three-minute read

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