The Joy of Not Knowing (JONK)

Promoting an Intrinsic and Lifelong Love of Thinking and Learning in Schools

Contact Marcelo and Introduce a bespoke 'JONK Learning to Learn Week' in your School

Would you like to launch the 2019-2020 academic year with a JONK Learning to Learn Week? Would you like to equip all your students with all they need to succeed? Would you like to teach your students how to learn as well as what to learn? Would you like to have intrinsically motivated students from the first day of term?

Start Thinking (Imaginative Minds, 2005)

Transform your children's enthusiasm for learning with these fascinating thinking skills starters that all children love having a go at and that launch your day in the most motivational and inspirational way imaginable!

The Joy of Not Knowing 

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

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.

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Success Stories

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

- Coastal Federation | Norfolk

Marcelo Staricoff is amazing and inspiring

- Teacher | Brighton

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

Lovely to hear so much passion and enthusiasm with lots of excellent ideas of how to run a JONK school. Today gave me a good picture of what it can look like and how it can work for us

- Headteacher | JONK Course

Inspiring stories of how children have been transformed by the JONK approach

- Headteacher | JONK Course

Recent Events

JONK at Ealing Leadership Conference | Ealing, London

06 Nov 19
I will be exhibiting JONKTL resources at the conference market stall and signing copies of Start Thinking for delegates more

JONK Workshop at Optimus Conference | London | London Conference Venue

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 more

JONK Workshop at Optimus Conference | Manchester | Manchester Conference Venue

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 more

JONK Enrichment Day | Working with all children Reception to Year 6 | CPD Staff Development Meeting | Wenhaston Primary School, ASSET Education, Suffolk | Suffolk, Uk

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. more

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JONK at Ealing Leadership Conference

I will be exhibiting all the JONK resources at the conference market stall and sigining copies of Start Thinking for the delegates

My interview on 'Curiosity' has just been published on the Yurt Academy website

The Yurt Academy interviewed me for their latest conversation pieces on the subject of curiosity. It was a real pleasure and honour to discuss my thoughts with Bridget Rooth

Masterclasses at Coram Children's Charity | Tomorrow's Achievers

It is a great honour to be running regular Masterclasses as part of Tomorrow's Achievers, a Coram Educational Trust Initiative |

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