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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.

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Perceive

A challenging and profound read from our Professor Paul Clarke on perception, scientific understanding and how Edgar Allan Poe might have stumbled across the Big Bang Theory.

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The Only Fresh Air Is Outside in the Yard

When Associate and university-based teacher trainer Martin Illingworth offered to contribute to our forthcoming book The Working Class, it sowed the seed for something more than simply the written word.

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So You Want to Build a New School?

We were recently asked for our advice about building a new school from scratch in Europe. This was Ian Gilbert's controversial  - and very popular - check-list by way of a reply.

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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.

Three-minute read

Nancy Update

When three of our Associates went to Kenya's Kakuma refugee camp for us they met an amazing young lady called Nancy. With our support, Nancy has moved from refugee camp to university campus and is currently studying social work in Uganda. An update.

Three-minute read

Swan Upping, Children Downing?

In the summer holidays, schools are brilliant places to work. Dave Whitaker talks about why he loves summer - but why not all his students feel the same way, and what swans have to do with it.

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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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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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We Might Be Down But We Are Never Out

This is the text of a talk given by Chris Kilkenny in a 'Creative Conversation' with Independent Thinking Associate David Cameron in Scotland earlier this year.

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