JONK Events

The Joy of Not Knowing Leadership Course for Headteachers and Senior Leaders | Montpelier School Ealing

17 Sep 19


This event is suitable for Ealing maintained schools and all other schools
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Event code SCH 19/558 
Event description Marcelo Staricoff, FCCT, NPQH, PHD presents an introductory briefing on The Joy of Not Knowing (JONK) philosophy of education and leadership exclusicely for the Headteachers of Ealing Primary Schools.

The Joy of Not Knowing (JONK) philosophy of education and leadership focuses on key principal areas of influence, linked to the new Inspection Framework’s three stage vision of excellence: Intent, Implementation, Impact.

JONK establishes an ethos and culture based on values, philosophical enquiry, children’s rights, critical and creative thinking and lifelong learning dispositions designed to maximise children’s enjoyment of learning, their well-being, their life chances and the school’s potential of collective efficacy by embracing leadership at all levels. 

JONK establishes a framework for developing in pupils a love of not knowing, removing worry and barriers from the learning process and instilling an intrinsic motivation to want to learn; helping children to develop a deep and lifelong love of learning and to develop the capacity for schools to evolve and adapt within the continually changing educational landscape and national evidenced-based reports.

Venue: Montpelier Primary School
Cost: FREE 
Training objectives The implementation of JONK enables schools to promote:
- an inclusive and non-hierarchical staff and student structure for school improvement
- pupils who all believe that they can succeed as individuals, inquisitive lifelong learners, critical thinkers and global citizens
- children who develop all the values and dispositions and attitudes of successful lifelong learners, contributors to employment and society
- students who develop the independence, metacognition and strategic awareness that enables them to become leaders of their own learning and partners of the school improvement initiatives
- a curriculum that is delivered using the latest evidence from educational research and that promotes at all times philosophical enquiry and critical and creative thinking
- the school as a centre of excellence, active in educational research and rich in pedagogical debate
- transformational links with families and the local, national and global communities, including learning and thinking through a bilingual approach 
Target Group Headteachers and Deputy Headteachers of Primary Schools 
Key stages
EYFS image  KS1 image  KS2 image  KS3 image  KS4 image  Post 16 image 
Subject areas Behaviour and attendance, Curriculum development, Leadership and management, Learning and teaching, Literacy , Managing people, Numeracy
Target audience Deputy/assistant headteachers , Headteachers
OFSTED areas Achievement of pupils at the school, Quality of teaching in the school, Quality of leadership and management in the school, The behaviour and safety of pupils at the school
Professional Standards  
Venue Montpelier Primary School, Montpelier Road, W5 2QT map
Admin contact WLTA West London Teaching Alliance (
Event Commissioner WLTA West London Teaching Alliance (
WLTA West London Teaching Alliance
Course Costs See event description
Start date Tuesday 17 September 2019
Times 10:45 - 13:00
Number of sessions 1  

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Success Stories

I have already had some very positive feedback about the session so many many thanks for your contributions

- PGCE Course Leader

I'm a PGCE Primary student at Brighton and was really inspired by your lecture today. I studied Philosophy as part of my degree and love the idea of incorporating that into my lessons at school.

- Student | University of Brighton

We are 2 PGCE students at Brighton University and were recently at your highly inspiring lecture. We are currently on a placement in a year 3 class and have been given the opportunity to run a learning to learn/ PSHE day on the first day back after half term. We would like this day to focus on team building and PSHE type games in order to re-establish class rules and relationships. There is currently a lot of low level disruptions and behaviour issues, which is inhibiting learning. We would like to address these issues- can you help?

- Student | University of Brighton

I just wanted to drop you a little message to thank you for bringing in Marcelo this morning. To put it simply, he was utterly inspiring. His philosophy, ideas and approach to teaching has instilled in me a great deal of enthusiasm ahead of SBT2 and I cannot wait to get going again.

- Teacher

Thank you! The lecture you gave today at Brighton University was superb, a real inspiration to see that it is still possible to create a more holistic approach to learning that isn’t ruled by the chasing of numbers and figures; that views children as human beings with infinite potential rather than statistics. I would love to have any further tips you are willing to share that would help me implement this ethos into my teaching approach. I really felt that the information you provided today complemented yesterday’s lecture on ability grouping and has given me plenty of food for thought about my practice in the future.

- Teacher

Firstly, thank you for such a refreshing lecture this morning. Speaking with fellow students, it's easy to get bogged down with worrying about planning and progression and levels, but this morning has been an exciting reminder of the joys of working with children. I noticed you mentioned maths investigations in your presentations which really interested me. I am teaching my first lesson of this placement this week, and have been asked to focus on an investigation that uses multiplication. Although I have looked at various websites and books I am yet to be inspired. Do you know of any resources that may be of use to me? I am working with a year 3 class of varied ability and really want to inspire and engage them, but so far I am not finding anything which I think could successfully do this.

- Teacher