C. J. Simister organised and was the Course Director of...


Independent Minds 2016: From Rhetoric to Reality

London, 19th May 2016


Independent Minds 2018: Stories, Strategies and Shared Practice

London, 17th May 2018


These courses were open to IAPS and non-IAPS members


Click here to open the conference flyer for 2016 and here for 2018’s programme, listing participating schools


Follow this link to watch a short film of the highlights of the 2016 event.

A few events from 2017 - 18


IAPS Annual Deputy Heads and Director of Studies Conference

London; 12th June 2018

Keynote speaker: Intellectual Character: A Practical Framework for Raising Achievement


National Association of British Schools in Spain (NABSS)

Annual Conference: Seville, 1-4th March 2018

Keynote speaker: Educating for Intellectual Growth

Click here for more details.


Independent Association of Prep Schools

Annual PSHE Conference: Character, Grit, Resilience: A Mindful Approach

London; 20th November 2017



Bangkok Patana School’s Global Citizenship Conference

Bangkok, Thailand

18-20th October 2017

Keynote speaker and workshop provider


Cokethorpe Conference: Active Thinkers - Active Learners

5th July 2017

Click here for more details


Scottish Council of Independent Schools

Edinburgh Hilton Grosvenor Hotel, Edinburgh

26th May 2017: Full day course

Character, Grit and Resilience - A practical model for the classroom

Click here for more details


SKALs International Examinations Conference: Educating for the Future

Skals, Denmark

23rd May 2017

Keynote speaker

Feedback from the Independent Minds Conferences


Independent Minds 2016 and 2018 were truly wonderful events and my thanks go to all those who took part - either as presenters or delegates.  They each offered a rare and genuinely exciting opportunity for schools to hear from each other about what works on the ground.  In total now, 15 presenting schools have shared their stories, demonstrating the impact they are having by focusing openly and creatively on helping young people to learn about and develop the intellectual qualities and skills that will allow them to thrive both in school and beyond.  Feedback and scores for both events were outstanding and we are all delighted that everyone felt they got so much from the days. 


2018 comments

“Brilliant - best course I have been on.  Great variety of presentations at a cracking pace.”

“Extremely informative.  A wonderful, relaxed and supportive environment where like-minded people shared some fabulous practice.”

“I will take away an enormous number of ideas to feed back to my school.”


2016 comments

“Thanks for a superb course with instantly applicable ideas relevant to all levels and ages.  Q&A very helpful, speakers informative and keynote inspiring.”

“Brilliant to hear accounts of ideas in practice.  A common theme, but infinite variation.”

“It is essential for all schools to take this approach in an increasingly stressful world.  It’s so positive.”

“We are often asked ‘so how will this work, who is already doing it?’ - this was an opportunity to see success and ask lots of questions.”


Comments on C J Simister:

“I would like to borrow her!  I wish all my team were here.”  (2016)

“A truly inspirational woman who made everyone feel valued.” (2018)


Follow this link to watch a short film of the highlights of the day.


C J Simister, June 2016

A few events from 2016


YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College

Hong Kong

7th - 9th November 2016



Internationella Engelska Skola (IES) Annual Conference

Stockholm, Sweden

13th and 14th October 2016

Keynote speaker



Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Schools Conference

Johannesburg, South Africa

28th and 29th April 2016

Keynote speaker.  For details, click here.



Mindfest: The Growing Mindsets Convention 2016

London, 4th July 2016

Speaking alongside Professor Carol Dweck, Professor Guy Claxton, Professor Barry Hymer and Will Ord.  For details, click Growing-Mindsets-Convention-2.pdf.



Association of Independent Schools, New South Wales, Australia

AISNSW Primary Schools Conference

State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, 1st/2nd August 2016

Keynote speaker.  For details, click here





Coming up...  C. J. Simister will be speaking at...


Association of Managers in Education (AMiE) Annual Conference

24th November 2018

Keynote speaker: Title to be announced