Testimonials

"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

"A brilliant way to start developing the self-esteem of children from school day 1!"

- Senior Leader | JONK Course

"I just wanted to say how amazing the lecture was with Marcelo this morning. Everyone went away feeling very inspired and I feel like it provided me with some career changing advice!"

- Student | University of Brighton

"I just wanted to say thank you for the fantastic lecture yesterday afternoon on 'the joy of not knowing'. I found your ideas really exciting and inspiring and really enjoyed it. I can't wait to try some things out"

- Student | University of Brighton

"I just wanted to thank you for your JONK lecture today - myself and my peers were really inspired! We have all been talking about how excited we are to start our NQT year following your lecture, a welcome change as we are generally a bit overwhelmed (as well as being excited) at the prospect! Just wanted to say how useful it was and how much it was appreciated. I am sure we will all be buying your book!"

- Student | University of Brighton

"I just wanted to send you a quick email to say thanks for your time earlier today. I found the whole session to be hugely insightful and inspirational. You gave me many ideas which I would certainly like to take forward and implement in my own teaching."

- 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

"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

"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

"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'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

"Inspirational to the point of transformational"

- Isle of Man Headteacher | JONK Inset Day

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

- PGCE Course Leader


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