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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