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that focuses on developing dispositions that help young people to be fulfilled and successful in their lives



Explore creativity  with Bill Lucas

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Adobe for Education

In this episode, Adobe’s Education Evangelist Dominic Traynor talks to Bill Lucas, Professor of Learning at the University of Winchester, about: - the importance of creativity - preparing young people FOR THE REAL WORLD - how England is going in the wrong direction when it comes to creativity in education - disrupting the status quo in regard to assessment - how GCSEs are no longer fit for purpose This video is part of Adobe's Rethinking Education mini-series, created to inspire educators across the world. In our ever-evolving digitally advance world, is the current curriculum falling short? Are we teaching the next generation the right lessons? This series explores experts’ innovative ideas on teaching and learning while theorizing what could change to improve the education process.

Welcome to The Creativity Exchange | ACE

Curated by Bill Lucas, the site is full of useful ideas for expansive educators.

The Creativity Exchange is a space for school leaders, teachers, those working in cultural organisations, scientists, researchers and parents to share ideas about how to teach for creativity and develop young people’s creativity at and beyond school.

As part of the implementation of the Durham Commission on Creativity and Education a new online platform, #CreativityExchange has been launched   https://www.creativityexchange.org.uk/

eedNET Blog 

Thinking Like an engineer

Engineers use their creative problem-solving skills, their understanding of systems and their ability to work collaboratively in teams to solve the world’s great challenges such as climate change, feeding an ever-expanding population or developing clean fuels, and the world needs them now more than ever. Engineering is a fascinating, well-paid career with jobs at the cutting edge in machine learning, artificial intelligence and gaming, as well as the more traditional areas of construction and transport, but many countries around the world are finding it challenging to recruit young people to it. For a whole host of reasons, it seems that too many young people are put off studying relevant subjects such as science, computing, D&T or maths at school.

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Our book list - recommended reads


Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

This is a brilliant take on expansive education, making the well-argued case that we need people who know a fair bit about a lot of things rather than individuals who get bogged down in the detail of a small number of disciplines.  

Powering up Children

The Learning Power Approach to Primary Teaching

If you are a teacher, this book will help you think about things like the learning environment you create and the language you use to develop children as learners.

The Learning Power Approach

Teaching learners to teach themselves

This book is rich with great ideas to help teachers to teach students to become expansive learners. 

Inventing ourselves

The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain

A compelling read which makes sense of the science and busts many of the neuromyths around today, this is a perfect book for teachers and parents.

Education Forward

Moving Schools into the Future

This book is an exciting 'optimistic' and 'future-focussed' movement for change trying to influence the conversation around schooling in the face of unprecedented societal and technological transformation. 

Zest for learning

Authors: Prof Bill Lucas & Dr Ellen Spencer

Zest for Learning: Developing curious learners who relish real-world challenges

Zest for Learning: connects the co-curriculum with the formal curriculum, building both theoretical and practical confidence in the kinds of pedagogies which work well. It draws together a far-reaching literature exploring zest and zest-like attributes, offering schools and organisations working with schools a model of how it could be at the heart of children’s educational experiences.

Zest for Learning: is a call to action for school leaders to broaden their horizons of what school can be and to take heart from the ideas which others are already using. It is the third book in the Pedagogy for a Changing World series, which details which capabilities matter and how schools can develop them.

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