“If you can’t beat them, be creative, go Guerrilla and take the fight underground!”
Jonathan Lear
The next time you hear yourself moaning how you want to be creative in your classroom but ‘they’ won’t let you, remember these four words – Jonathan Lear, Guerrilla Teacher.

‘Guerrilla Teaching’ is what Jonathan calls his award-winning combination of great creativity, a sound grasp of pedagogy and a willingness to take more than a few risks in the classroom. And, having seen it in action, we know how powerful it is to make everything better.

A practising teacher and deputy head at an inner-city primary school, Jonathan doesn’t so much teach as create an atmosphere in his classroom that is magical, engaging and exciting and that makes the children desperate to get on and learn. And, as you would expect from a ‘guerrilla teacher’ he doesn’t let anything the government might say or do get in his way when it comes to doing the right thing for his young learners.
"If we’re not taking the opportunity to dress our children as farm animals, then they’re definitely missing out" - Guerrilla Teaching

To read more about Jonathan Lear please click here

  • Jonathan has been with Independent Thinking since 2012 and is one of The 33

  • Jonathan’s DBS number is 001463048179 Issued 17th October 2014

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Feedback from recent events include:

“The Guerrilla teaching session with Jonathan Lear helped me to see how I could take more risks in my teaching and give more challenge. Stepping back and watching how the children figure out a challenge is something I already do, but as far as risk taking goes I could do more”

"I wanted to drop you a quick email to let you know how fantastic Jonathan was at our conference yesterday – we have received some fantastic feedback so far and we and the delegates really appreciated Jonathan’s inspirational hard work at the conference yesterday."

"Jonathan is absolutely phenomenal, simply the best speaker I have ever heard in my career. Mind blowing!"

"Jonathan was brilliant, truly inspirational, made a huge impact. My planning next year will be influenced by what I have seen and heard today"

"This has given me a huge amount of inspiration and ideas to take back to my year 6. Has made me feel more confident about taking risks in the classroom. Loved the day, it was entertaining and passionate. Delivered by someone who understands because they're at the chalk face!"

"You have given me back my drive and desire to teach"


The Incredible Classroom - A Primary Teacher’s Guide

With Jonathan Lear. Innovative strategies for improving the learning in primary classrooms.

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.