“Make ‘em laugh, make ‘em think – that’s all there is to it!”
Dave Keeling
We know there is a neurological link between humour and learning. The science may well tell us this but Dave Keeling proves it.

A stand-up comic who’s also been in both Coronation Street and Eastenders, Dave has been working with Independent Thinking for many years bringing the best out of some of the UK’s naughtiest young people as well as opening up teachers and school leaders to the power of laughter in the classroom.

Author of several books full of practical strategies for adding humour, energy and risk to any lesson, Dave combines his experience working with all sorts of young people and pushing them to aim that bit higher, get off their backsides and make something of their opportunities with his gift for quick-fire, improvised stand-up comedy.

In fact, you could argue that Dave is living proof of our famous mantra ‘Education is too important to be taken seriously’.
“Humour is social self-esteem, it is an intrinsic part of the human condition” - The Little Book of Laughter

To read more about Dave Keeling please click here

  • Dave has been with Independent Thinking for over 10 years and is one of The 33

  • Dave’s DBS number is 001445583842 issued 22nd May 2014

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Feedback from recent events include:

"We refer to Mr Keeling as the Pizza Man as he always delivers!! (His joke not mine - unless it is funny in which case!!) students and staff always respond brilliantly to him and personally I find him a joy to work with - organised and goes the extra mile"

"The best graveyard shift speaker in the country"

"Just wanted to say thank you on behalf of CHTA, you really made our conference fizz! Dave astonished the audience with his humour and engagement for a solid 90 minutes"

"Thank you so much for your session on Friday morning at Pennyhill. It was inspiring, hilarious, thought provoking and magical."

"We had Dave Keeling last week at an administrator’s conference. He was absolutely brilliant. What a tonic, I have never laughed so much"

"We asked all students who attended to fill in a feedback form. There was not a single negative comment from any student about the event. All statements were extremely positive and reflected the fact that they had been listening and that they will change their approaches to their studies and their revision".

"David Keeling was fabulous, awe-inspiring, what a livewire! We need more inspirational people like him in schools"


Make ‘Em Laugh, Make ‘Em Think, Get ‘Em Learning

With Dave Keeling. Using humour to improve learning.

Parent Event

For many schools, getting parents to the school for an event is something that is only beaten in difficulty by getting the right parents to school for an event. That said, the parents who do come to our Learning and Motivation for Parents Events always head home buzzing with ideas that are not only helpful in dealing with their children but also very relevant for their own careers and personal development.

Governor Event

Being a governor is an incredibly important task these days so we are delighted when we are asked to support them in their work in all sorts of schools around the country. Apart from ensuring the event is an entertaining and enjoyable one for all, especialy as it is so often on a rainy Saturday, we make sure our input is informative, relevant, up to date and guarantees all governors go back into their schools knowing what to look for, what to do and the rights sorts of questions to ask.