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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

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

Beyond the Bake Sale Pt I

Frustrated by the message that children seem to be receiving that a bake sale will make everything better in the world, Ian Gilbert wrote this for his book Independent Thinking.

Four-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

Making Children Learn vs Making Children Learners

Independent Thinking Founder Ian Gilbert gets off his chest what has been bugging him about the latest 'This is how we learn' practice with the help of design evangelist Chase Buckley.

Five-minute read

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

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.

Five-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

Provocations I

When asked to write some education-themed provocations we rose to the challenge as you might expect. What would your answers be? Feel free to use any of these 34 questions for interviews, INSET or just to start a fight in the staffroom.

Three-minute read

New (Academic) Year's Resolutions

Ever worry you might be getting into a rut in and out of the classroom? Well, here are 49 suggestions for what you can do to keep yourself - and those around you - on your toes all year long

Three-minute read

But Everyone Else Is Doing It - Children, Cheating and the SATs

The SATS in England are descending into farce but there is also an altogether more disturbing side to them. Written anonymously, for obvious reasons, by a concerned primary school teacher this blog looks at cheating in and by schools.

FIve-minute read

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