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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

 

The Last Sympathy Card in Tesco

Long-time Associate Nina - Ninja - Jackson sums up the mood of the nation after an emotional trip to her local Tesco in search of a sympathy card.

Three-minute read

A Guest Blog from Dave Green on Altruism

Educator Dave Green shares his thoughts on the true nature of altruism in a post-COVID society - what it is and what it isn't.

Five-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

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

Patience, Coronavirus and the Kestrel of Hope

A guest post from Andrew - Bernie - Bernard about the power of hope and patience at times such as these and what we can all learn from young Billy Casper.

Three-minute read

The Fruits of Kindness

As part of our opening of these blog pages to guest writers for INSET Junction during the Covid-19 school closures, here is a great post by SEND specialist Ginny Bootman on the power of kindness.

Three-minute read

You Are Not Alone

We are collating an on-going list of links, ideas, websites, blogs and more to help educators and leaders (and human beings) during this difficult time. Please help yourselves and let us know what else we can add.

Five-minute read

Observations

We asked Associate and Restorative Practice guru Mark Finnis what lessons he had gleaned, heard or observed about relationships, people and communities during this current crisis. Here are 43 truisms he has picked up. So far...

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

Ten Wishes from 'Dirty Teaching' Author and Associate Juliet Robertson

Associate and outdoor learning expert Juliet Robertson puts forward her ten wishes for what she wants for children and the outside world with schools now closed due to the pandemic.

Five-minute read

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