Independent Thinking has now teamed up with Teachology, the educational conference people, to bring some of our world-class Associates to a venue near you. With increasing pressure on teachers and school leaders to focus on facts, grades and targets, our Intensive Day Programmes will help make sure you teach the way you know is right - and get the results you need.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Presented by: Simon Cooper-Hind
You know the leader you want to be, but how do you become that leader?
- Tried, tested, and developed in his own school and in schools and businesses through-out the UK, Simon's unique 3 part-programme draws on a powerful blend of pedagogy and practice. A self-evaluative booklet, completed throughout the day, gives you a personal development plan that will get results, fast.
Benefits of attending
- understand your preferred leadership style and how to use it
- lead with greater effectiveness and impact
- inspire commitment from others
- increase your personal leadership capacity
- prepare successfully for the leadership role that you want
- make change happen faster
Simon has been in education for 25 years and in senior leadership for 18 years. He has built on his experience as Headteacher of two schools and as a National College Consultant to develop and run successful leadership programmes for senior and middle leaders in the UK and across the world. Simon is an Independent Thinking Associate.
4th March 2014 Manchester
13th March 2014 Birmingham
18th March 2014 London
15th May 2014 Bristol
Presented by: Lisa Jane Ashes
Delegates will leave equipped with:
- tools and resources to ensure high-level reading, writing, communication and mathematics is incorporated into every lesson – not just Maths and English lessons
- ideas and strategies to help every teacher become a teacher of literacy and numeracy and pass on their conﬁdence and skills to every pupil they teach
- tried and tested support documents designed to help you successfully embed the Manglish curriculum model in your school, including 'Manglish mats' and a KS3 curriculum creation guide
Lisa is an experienced and successful English teacher and AST at Joseph Swan Academy, where she takes a leading role in Continued Professional Development with a vested interest in raising standards in numeracy and literacy. A ﬁrm believer not only in school-wide collaboration but also in institutions collaborating too, Lisa works with local universities to research and develop skills to enhance learners' capabilities beyond secondary school. Lisa shares her knowledge and insight via a whole gamut of 21st century CPD innovations including Twitter, TeachMeets, Pedagoo and her very popular blog 'Reflections of a Learning Geek'.
3rd February 2014 Birmingham
4th June 2014 Manchester
7th July 2014 London
Presented by: Dr David George
Driving full engagement in school life
- multiple intelligences and mindsets: how do you re-build an underachiever's psychology for life success?
- deliver a 'Values' education built on outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
- build a differentiated curriculum to stimulate higher cognitive processes and independent thinking
- gain teaching strategies that guarantee a variety of approaches to pupil learning to ensure all learners fully access the curriculum
- provide the optimum learning environment
A former teacher, Associate Director of Nene College (University of Northampton), and now an internationally respected authority and Author on motivating learners, David is an inspirational tour-de-force in equipping teachers with the tools to deliver an outstanding education to the most back-of-the-classroom, disaffected student.
He draws on neuroscience, philosophy, multiple intelligence theory, thinking skills, learning styles, emotional intelligence, and self-esteem strategies to offer something very powerful for all those who work with him.
7th March 2014 Manchester
14th March 2014 Birmingham
Presented by: Stephanie Austwick
Guide your reluctant readers and writers on the road to success
- In this practical and packed workshop you will have access to Stephanie's extensive experience and toolkit of resources to help you tap into the potential of the reluctant readers or writers in your class.
Stephanie has the proven ability to transform even the most mundane literacy task into something quite magical. She helps teachers bring new levels of creativity and imagination to literacy lessons that make the learning both engaging and memorable for even the most reluctant of learners
As a former classroom teacher and experienced literacy adviser, Stephanie has much wisdom to share from many hours of 'hands on' experience, in all sorts of schools, dealing with all sorts of children. Whether it is the use of artefacts, props, techniques from theatre or the sort of winning touches that can convert even the most stubborn of children, Stephanie has a whole magic bag of strategies, techniques and ideas to share to help all teachers engage their learners, all backed up with sound pedagogical practice.
Her philosophy for effective teaching is:
Engaging them. Luring them in. Flicking that switch. Igniting that spark. Empowering them.
This is something that Stephanie does wonderfully.
3rd Mar 2014 London
10th Mar 2014 Manchester
Presented by: Hywel Roberts
Generate high levels of student engagement in every lesson
Acquire the skills to:
- Use lies, deceit, traps and trickery to lure students into outstanding learning
- Stimulate and sustain intrinsic learning motivators
- Build and sustain rapport with learners
- Ignite the passion for independent thinking
- Fuel eureka moments for students
- Liberate your teaching through unexpected dramatic, creative, and outstanding activities
- Develop your own pedagogy tailored to the personalities of your class
Hywel Roberts is a creative educator with sixteen years’ experience in the classroom teaching secondary Drama and English in schools, both rough and smooth. Hywel is now a freelance consultant and Independent Thinking Associate specialising in designing wonderfully engaging lessons through strategies such as Mantle of the Expert and Lures into Learning, proven to work across all phases of learning.
1st April 2014 Newcastle
25th March 2014 London
Presented by: Phil Beadle
Become an advanced teacher of literacy
- why is spelling important? Assessing types of spelling errors and specific interventions
- teaching exercises to underpin the most complex sentence structures in a creative and rhythmic manner through outstanding punctuation
- using punctuation to manipulate a reader's response
- unpick the useful from the merely prescriptive in terms of grammar
- use grammar as a driver of improvements in children's writing
Phil is not only as expert as it is possible to be in this area, having written for every broadsheet newspaper in the UK, but has a reputation forged over many years for making, as the Guardian wrote, 'Even the grittiest parts of grammar sing.'
Since winning the UK Teacher of the Year award ten years ago, he has written eight best-selling books on teaching and learning, along with a column 'On Teaching' for The Guardian, and contributed to the TES, Teach Secondary, The Telegraph, The Times, The Independent and The Sydney Morning Herald.
17th January 2014 Birmingham
6th March 2014 Manchester
7th March 2014 London
Attending this day is guaranteed to have you returning to school with:
Presented by: David Didau
- refreshed insight and understanding of the key principles that underpin a perfect English lesson
- a toolkit brimming with strategies and approaches focused on learning, and geared towards driving forward rapid and sustained student progress
- ideas to share with colleagues on how to improve literacy standards in every lesson, not just English
- a renewed confidence and readiness to demonstrate outstanding teaching and learning in every lesson, not just your next observation
- techniques and strategies that are guaranteed future- proof against GCSE reform
David is unrelenting in his efforts to understand how learning works. He is passionate about coaching and mentoring teachers everywhere to be reflective about the science and art of effective pedagogy and the practice of classroom teaching.
In his current roles as Assistant Head and Teaching and Learning coach at Greenwood Academy and author of the Perfect Ofsted English Lesson, David is working his magic across the school to develop effective strategies that can be used to persuade, cajole and arm-wrestle students into learning more than they ever believed possible.
13th December 2013 London
31st January 2014 Birmingham
7th February 2014 Bristol
Presented by: David Didau
Tools, techniques and strategies to:
- Give all staff the confidence to teach literacy skills explicitly
- Give students consistent, cross-curricular messages about reading, writing and oracy
- Create ‘literacy-rich’ classroom and whole-school environments
- Make literacy an integral part of every lesson plan
- Deliver outstanding Ofsted literacy standards
- Promote independent student writing and reading
- Engage parents in supporting school efforts to promote literacy
- Help students assess and improve their work
- Evaluate and measure the impact of your literacy initiatives and track pupil progress
David Didau is unrelenting in his efforts to understand what lies behind the transformation of teaching and learning. He is passionate about preparing himself, the staff in his department and teachers everywhere to be reflective about the science and art of effective pedagogy.
In his current role as SLT member and Director of English and Literacy at Clevedon School in North Somerset, David is not only working his magic within the English department (as laid out in his best-selling book ‘The Perfect English Lesson’) but leading literacy teaching in every lesson.
24th January 2014 London