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If your knees aren’t dirty you haven’t been working hard enough

Associate Jarlath O'Brien with a reminder about how we need to focus on what's important in school, not just what makes us look good.

Four-minute read

The Golden Age of Curriculum Design

The Golden Age of Curriculum Design is ahead of us according to Associate Will Ryan. A fascinating long-read blog on how we can grasp the opportunity we have to make teaching and learning come alive for all our children.

Five-minute read

A Perspective on the UK's Knife Crime Issue

Reading Stephen Pinker's latest book, Independent Thinking founder Ian Gilbert came across some interesting insights into violent crime and what to do about it.

Four-minute read

How About Some Mind Medicine?

How to help yourself feel that little bit better when you're having one of those days? How about a little Mind Medicine in 21 easy-to-swallow pieces, courtesy of Associate Nina Jackson.

Two-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

Are Only White People Magic?

London-based teacher and writer Darren Chetty with a special guest post for Independent Thinking on the thinking behind his short poem, ‘Black Wizards’ Supplementary School’, written especially our new book, The Working Class.

Ten-minute read and watch

Tommy Can

Long-time Associate Jane Hewitt - our 'Granny with a camera from Barnsley' - has the most wonderful of grandsons. We could all learn a lot about what we can from what Tommy can.

Three-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

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.

Two-minute read

10 Things I Love About Being Dyslexic

Written by Ian Gilbert’s 19 year-old dyslexic daughter to help with the current debate about what it is, and whether it is at all.

Two-minute read

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.

Five-minute read

Unconditional Positive Regard

Associate and MFL specialist Crista Hazell describes how the theory of Unconditional Positive Regard, as espoused by psychologist Carl Rogers, made such a difference in her classroom.

Four-minute read

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