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Hope or Silence - We Can't Have Both

Preparing to go back to school when it is clearly not safe to do so is not the least of Professor Paul Clarke's concerns - it's the compliance with which we do what the government tells us that is a serious underlying worry.

Five-minute read

Are We Refusing to Learn From Lockdown?

Associate (Real) David Cameron poses an important question that is vexing him during the current transformation of the education system - are we all refusing to learn from lockdown?

Five-minute read

Hindsight 2020

Associate, Senior Lecturer in Education and English specialist Martin Illingworth fills in some of the gaps between the publication of his controversial new book Forget School and the dramatic changes we see around us now.

Three-minute read

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

So What Are the Essential Skills Our Young People Need for 2020?

Associate Jackie Beere OBE has a new book coming out which helps schools address the real key skills needed for 2020 and beyond. Here is a sneaky preview with plenty to think about when we ask our favourite question, what are they learning while you're teaching them?

Five-minute read

Connectivity

Head of PE at Hartland International School in Dubai, Niall Statham, shares his thoughts on what it is that online education - indeed all education - has at its heart.

Five-minute read and watch

When This Is All Over...

Education consultant and SEND specialist Lorraine Petersen shares her thoughts on the challenges thrown up for SEND children and their teachers and families in the current crisis - and also the opportunities for real positive change.

Five-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

#elcolentucasa

We have a great friend and colleague in Madrid called Juan Carlos García and we asked him for his view of the educational landscape from, literally, his balcony in a city under siege.

Three-minute read

What is Trauma-Informed Education and Why is it Relevant to You?

A powerful and insightful guest blog on what all teachers need to know about trauma-informed education by specialist teacher and researcher Kat Stern.

Five-minute read

The Dangers of Effective Teaching Part I

In the first instalment of a two-part blog on care, warmth and botheredness in the classroom, long-time Associate and Travelling Teacher Hywel Roberts shares his thoughts on why being an effective teacher is not really enough.

Three-minute read

 

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