The Joy of Not Knowing™ or JONK, is a philosophy of education and of whole school leadership that I developed from all that I've seen to have a transformational impact on children's lives, as a Primary School Teacher, Headteacher, Lecturer, Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and Author (Start Thinking, Imaginative Minds, 2005; The Joy of Not Knowing, Routledge, 2020).
The philosophy that underpins the JONK approach covers all areas of school life and enables all students to become intrinsically motivated to want to learn, developing a lifelong love of learning and the ability to thrive when not knowing as well as when knowing.
JONK removes common barriers to learning and enables schools to deliver the curriculum in a way that equips all students with the skills, tools, behaviours and dispositions that they need to succeed as individuals, as resilient lifelong-learners, as global citizens and as curious, creative, philosophical and critical thinkers.
Please feel free to browse through this website to find out how the JONK approach can help your school build on your existing excellent practice and achieve your next steps.
06 Nov 19
I will be exhibiting JONKTL resources at the conference market stall and signing copies of Start Thinking for delegates ...read more
04 Oct 19
The Conference is entitled 'Supporting the Progress of the More Able (#oeMoreAble). The JONK workshops will provide participants with a wealth of practical and easy to implement ideas to inspire, challenge and motivate the more able and all children ...read more
26 Sep 19
The Conference is Entitled 'Supporting the Progress of the More Able. The JONK workshops will provide participants with a wealth of practical and easy to implement ideas to inspire, challenge and motivate the more able and all children #oeMoreAble ...read more
18 Sep 19
I will be introducing the wonders of JONK in each classroom working alongside the children in each class, running a workshop for parents and leading a professional development meeting for staff after school. ...read more