The Joy of Not Knowing (JONK)

A philosophy of education and of whole school strategic leadership

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The Joy of Not Knowing 

Marcelo Staricoff FCCT, NPQH, PhD, BSc
Transforming the potential for innovation in schools

The Joy of Not Knowing or JONKTM, is a philosophy of education and of whole school leadership that uses innovative pedagogical principles, theories and initiatives to transform children's perception of themselves as individuals and as intrinsically motivated learners with an unquenchable thirst for curiosity and for analytical, creative, critical and philosophical thinking. 

Please feel free to browse through this website to find out how all that the JONK approach offers can help your school to enrich existing practice and ensure that every child becomes inspired to really want to know what they know they don't yet know!

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Success Stories

A had the most amazing day with the philosophy masterclass. We had great feedback from the teacher Mr S.

- Philosophy | Masterclass

D said it was the “best day ever”

- Philosophy | Masterclass

Marcelo Staricoff is amazing and inspiring

- Teacher | Brighton

JONKing at Coastal Federation was one of the best things we’ve done to inspire our children- go for it!

- Coastal Federation | Norfolk

Thank you for the JONK Course, excellent course and I can’t wait to start!

- Teacher | JONK Course

Great examples, brilliant presentation

- Headteacher | JONK Course

Recent Events

JONK at East Coast College | A Professional Development Day for Students and Staff | East Coast College, Norfolk

25 Feb 20
The day will introduce the students and the staff to the theory, principles and practical applications of the Joy of Not Knowing approach equipping all participants with strategies for critical, creative and philosophical thinking and with the dispositions of effective lifelong learners more

JONK at ASSET Professional Development Day | A PD day for all ASSET Schools | Developing a bespoke Learning to Learn Week | Suffolk, Uk

24 Feb 20
The day will bring together the senior leaders and teachers from all ASSET schools to spend a day of professional development based on the Joy of Not Knowing and equipping every school with all they need to launch the new academic year with a bespoke Learning to Learn Week more

JONK for NQTs | Wandsworth Teaching School Alliance | Critical Thinking and Enquiry Based Learning | London |

13 Feb 20
A twilight session for NQTS in Wandsworth describing easy to implement practical activities based on the JONK approach that promote a critical thinking and enquiry based learning approach to the curriculum more

JONK Enrichment Day | Working with all children Reception to Year 6 | CPD Staff Development Meeting | Bell Lane Primary School, | London |

10 Feb 20
A day working and modelling JONK initiatives throughout the school, spending time in each class focusing on the lifelong learning dispositions and then leading a staff meeting on the dispositions at the end of the day more

Upcoming Events

Latest News Stories

A JONK Michael Aldrich Foundation Collaboration | A Creative Thinking Arts Project in Schools

Wenhaston Primary School in Suffolk and Holly Meadows School in Norfolk have been chosen as the Pilot Schools for an innovative project which see the Michael Aldrich Foundation and JONKTL form a partnership to promote critical thinking through the Arts in Primary Schools

JONK Launch | CPD Courses for NQTs in Ealing | London

Two courses will be running for NQTs in Ealing inspiring them with how to create motivational classrooms for learning where every child is able to develop an intrinsic motivation to want to learn

JONK for NQTs at Plumstead | London

A practical session for NQTs to help them create an inspirational learning to learn culture in their classrooms

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The JONK Network brings together a wide range of educational practitioners and educational related experts and organisations all contributing to ongoing professional dialogue and discussions aimed at inspiring all learners with a lifelong love of learning. It is fascinating to see how each collaborator has and is adapting the JONK philosophy within their own contexts and priorities.

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