Welcome to the Expansive Education Network 



The Expansive Education Network

is a professional learning network for teachers - an approach to teaching

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


A new series of expansive webinars where Bill Lucas interviews educational reformers and thought-leaders

In conversation with Professor Guy Claxton and Rachel Macfarlane,

authors of Powering up your school: The Learning Power Approach to School Leadership

10th December 2020



Rethinking assessment for a more expansive education

On Sunday 27 September a number of leading educators launched Rethinking Assessment, a new movement to try and ensure our exam system starts to recognise the full range of young people’s strengths. You can read Bill’s blog for the TES here and his critique of the system here. There has been a growing belief that there is something wrong with our assessment system.

In particular, people question why we are continuing with the curious anomaly of a school leaving age exam at 16, GCSEs, when young people can’t leave education until 18. As expansive educators many of us have found GCSEs to be a very poor measure of the full range of dispositions we want young people to develop. It’s an indication of the seriousness of the challenge we face that (Lord) Kenneth Baker, the creator of GCSEs, thinks it is time for them to go.

We hope you will join the movement by signing up here

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.

Read the full blog post here

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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