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A Conversation About Teaching Outdoors

A conversation about teaching and learning outdoors with Juliet Robertson and Jane Hewitt, the team behind Dirty Teaching and Messy Maths.

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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

Stories Not Worksheets

Drama specialist Paul Bateson shares his experience of what happens when you ignore the worksheets left out for you for the cover lesson and employ some storytelling magic instead. 

Four-minute read

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

 

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

"I Agree"

Teacher, Independent Thinking Associate and author of Unhomework shares the secret of not spending your evenings and weekends marking.

Five-minute read

A Corridor of Curiosities

Associate and Primary deputy head Jonathan Lear has helped create a Corridor of Curiosity at his multicultural inner-city primary school. Find out what it is, who inspired him, how he went about it and why he did it.

Five-minute read

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

Brave Governance

Brave Head, Associate Dave Harris is also increasingly in demand for his work with governors. Here are his 13 essential points for ensuring the governance is brave as the leadership.

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

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