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


Independent Minds 2016: From Rhetoric to Reality

Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS)

London, 19th May 2016


The course was open to IAPS and non-IAPS members


Click here to open the conference flyer, listing participating schools


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

In 2017, C. J. Simister will be speaking at...


Independent Association of Prep Schools

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

London; 20th November 2017

Details to follow or visit IAPS website


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

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SKALs International Examinations Conference: Educating for the Future

Skals, Denmark

23rd May 2017

Keynote speaker

NEWS UPDATE!  Independent Minds 2018 will take place on 17th May 2018.  Click here for details


Feedback from IM2016 


Independent Minds 2016 was a truly wonderful event and my thanks go to all those who took part - either as presenters or delegates.  It offered a rare and genuinely exciting opportunity for schools to hear from each other about what works on the ground.  Eight presenting schools 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 were outstanding and we are all delighted that everyone felt they got so much from the day. 


“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 speaker: C J Simister:

“I would like to borrow her!  I wish all my team were here.”   (Thank you to whoever wrote this!)


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