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Beyond the Bake Sale Pt II

How one small Barnsley primary school is demonstrating a genuine 'pedagogy of possibility' and making the world better in the process.

Three-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

33 Ways To Build Better Relationships

Drawing on his experience working with schools across the UK to help them embrace restorative practices, these are 33 ways Associate Mark Finnis suggests will build better relationships to make everything better.

Three-minute read

What Lies Ahead for Teaching and Learning

Where is education, schools and schooling heading? Here are seven telling quotes to give some clues, compiled by Ian Gilbert.

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

The First 19 Lessons of Headship

Nothing prepares you for headship apart from headship. Based on his experience and close observation, Ian Gilbert suggests the first nineteen lessons a new head learns. And learns quickly.

Three-minute read

What Can We Learn From a School Where Teachers Don’t Teach and Children Choose Why, What, How, When and If They Want to Learn?

In February 2018 Independent Thinking founder Ian Gilbert had the opportunity to visit a very interesting school within a school in the Netherlands and took away some equally interesting lessons for educators everywhere.

Five-minute read

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.

Five-minute read

Ian Gilbert on Entrepreneurship and Thinking Skills

A presentation by Independent Thinking founder Ian Gilbert on entrepreneurship, thinking and schools to an audience that included the King of Spain.

90-minute watch

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.

Nine-minute watch

In Difficult Times - A Unique Perspective

With the terrible events that have taken place in the country in recent weeks, we asked Associate, ex-SAS Major and former head of the UK's Counter Terrorism Unit, Floyd Woodrow what messages he has for the children in our classrooms.

Four-minute read

Keeping It Simple

Brace yourself as Professor Paul Clarke, long-time Associate, takes you through what we can learn from slime about creativity, complexity and creating a whole new, wholly natural, organisational model.

Five-minute read

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