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 acheive your next steps.
04 Jul 19
Introducing the delegates from the bilingual schools in Madrid to the principles, philosophy and practical application of the Joy of Not Knowing approach, known as El Placer de No saber in Spanish as part of their two week CPD course at the University of Sussex ...read more
04 Jul 19
A one day CPD Course for teachers and senior leaders on the principles and practical approaches to the Jo of Not Knowing Approach ...read more
28 Jun 19
The session introduces participants to the principles and practical approaches that underpin the Joy of Not Knowing philosophy of education and of school leadership. Participants will be able to gain an understanding of why it is so good to not know and how this realisation through modelling has such a transformational impact of how children view themselves as learners and how they perceive that there no barriers to the process of learning https://www.ifleast.org/2019-speakers ...read more
19 Jun 19
Working with students in each class on JONK initiatives and leading a professional development staff meeting at the end of the day ...read more
03 Sep 19
A JONK INSET Day to launch the 2019-2020 academic year with a JONK Learning to Learn Week ...read more
04 Sep 19
These practical JONK sessions will introduce Year 12 and Year 13 students to a wealth of initiatives designed to develop their creative, critical and philosophical thinking, equipping them with all they need to become intrinsically motivated to want to learn and successful as lifelong learners. ...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 ...read more
04 Oct 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 ...read more