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Answering the Call. Again.

Long-time Associate and 'Granny with a Camera' Jane Hewitt's life has taken a few unexpected turns in recent years. Here's is the latest, as the charity she helped set up does its bit in the fight against Coronavirus.

Three-minute read

If your knees aren’t dirty you haven’t been working hard enough

Associate Jarlath O'Brien with a reminder about how we need to focus on what's important in school, not just what makes us look good.

Four-minute read

Vectoring Assets to Kinetic Situations

Cutting through the rubbish - the words we use make a big difference to the outcomes we end up with. So says Associate and former special school headteacher Jarlath O'Brien.

Two-minute read

How About Some Mind Medicine?

How to help yourself feel that little bit better when you're having one of those days? How about a little Mind Medicine in 21 easy-to-swallow pieces, courtesy of Associate Nina Jackson.

Two-minute read

You've Got This Part I

Associate and performance poet Rhythmical Mike (AKA Mikey Markham) on life at school dealing with poverty, dyslexia and a sister who teachers thought were much cleverer than he was.

Four-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

Tommy Can

Long-time Associate Jane Hewitt - our 'Granny with a camera from Barnsley' - has the most wonderful of grandsons. We could all learn a lot about what we can from what Tommy can.

Three-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

Make 'Em Laugh; Make 'Em Think

Long-time Associate and '6ft ginger stand-up educationalist' Dave Keeling shares some of his favourite activities to get young people laughing and learning in equal measure.

Five-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.

Four-minute read

10 Things I Love About Being Dyslexic

Written by Ian Gilbert’s 19 year-old dyslexic daughter to help with the current debate about what it is, and whether it is at all.

Two-minute read

The View From the Special School Part Two

Associate and special school headteacher Dave Whitaker on his frustrations regarding GCSEs for children in special schools and Alternative Provision.

Four-minute read

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