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Values-based Education

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

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

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

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

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

Beyond the Bake Sale: Introducing A Pedagogy of Possibility

A report from a recent Thinking Saturday on how schools can and should integrate dilemma-based service learning into the curriculum through a pedagogy of possibility.

Five-minute read

What If?

An article first published by the Secondary Heads Association (now ASCL) in 2004 and written by Ian Gilbert, founder of Independent Thinking. Watch out for imitations...

Five-minute read

Zero Waste Schools

After hosting a Zero-Waste Schools event in Hong Kong, Ian Gilbert highlights the nine steps schools can achieve to become zero-waste schools.

Two-minute read

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