In 1992, Nina Jackson began her vast career as an exciting new teacher in Hampshire. In her PGCE year, she was spotted as one of the new generation of innovative teachers and was appointed as a head of the music department in a challenging school while still an NQT. She was a lead contributor in a BBC documentary called Kids Behaving Badly where her skills for engaging and inspiring disaffected learners were hailed as “pure magic”.
She quickly gained recognition in the education world and was the first woman to join Independent Thinking Ltd with Ian Gilbert in 1999, where she has trained, inspired and motivated teachers to “be the best that they can be” and uses Independent Thinking’s motto of ‘Do things no one does or do things everyone does in a way no one does’, as her philosophy for educational change.
Her academic research into the affects of music on the brain, based on Sound Waves Make Brain Waves gained her an M.A (Ed) and her work has since been published in ‘The Little Book of Music for the Classroom’. She is also a major contributor of ‘The Big Book of Independent Thinking’, ‘Don’t Change the Lightbulbs’, and her new book ‘Of Teaching, Learning & Sherbet Lemons – a compendium of careful advice for teachers‘ is out soon. In her continued quest for outstanding learning and teaching, Nina takes responsibility for her own professional development by seeking new and brilliant ways of making Learning and Teaching relevant, appropriate and accessible for all – teachers and pupils alike.
She believes that every educator should take responsibility for their own learning and her philosophy for continued growth in education has been her foundation for continued professional development.
Winner of the IPDA International Prize for Education and described by the TES as an ‘inspirational, evangelical preacher of education’, Nina is a tour-de-force when it comes to enlivening teaching and learning for all. Her background as an innovative teacher and leader of learning, trainer and education consultant has had an overwhelming impact on education both in the UK and on an international basis. She has worked with the Ministry of Education, UNESCO and UNICEF in Chile, Ghana, India, and the Middle East.
Nina is one of the happiest, effervescent personalities in education today and puts her own learning, and the learning of others at the heart of everything she believes in.