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The Expansive Education Network is a professional learning

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Expansive Education - is an approach to teaching that focuses on developing dispositions that help young people to be fulfilled and successful in their lives

Why choose to be an Expansive Educator?   

Expansive webinars

with Bill Lucas

dates to be confirmed for 2020/21 academic year


Catch up on our webinars!

1st July 2020

How to thrive in crazy times: 9 rules for changing your life and a suggestion for action research next term

Covid-19 is forcing us all to rethink the way we do things. In his last webinar of the term Bill draws on research from his award-winning book rEvolution: How to thrive in crazy times to offer some timely end of school year thinking for busy teachers to reflect on.

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Webinar with Bill - click here to listen to the recording 

16th June 2020

Why we need to stop talking about twenty-first century skills and start embedding dispositions for learning in all subjects in all our schools 

As we neared the end of the twentieth century, with the Internet gaining in pace and scope, it was inevitable that we'd be thinking about what schools might look like in the new millennium. Many of us used 'twentieth-century skills' as a short-hand for a different kind of education. But the trouble is that the phrase has increasingly become an evangelical shout-out which polarises debate between knowledge and skills, often antagonising the many thoughtful teachers who do not see the debate in this binary way. In this webinar Bill Lucas urges us to move on from the rhetoric and focus on the evidence. Bill will outline some of the best frameworks for blending dispositions and habits of mind with knowledge and skill in schools.

Professional learning webinar with Bill - Zest for Learning

Recording coming soon!

What is zest? Why does instilling curiosity matter? Why do we need all young people to find purpose and balance in their lives? How do we promote student engagement? How best do we work with outside organisations to add gusto to all that we do in schools? All of this and more will be explored! 

Talk about character education at an interactive workshop aimed at educators 

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This was an interactive session which allowed discussion and the opportunity to ask questions to Bill Lucas 

Here are some of the points that came up in the discussions:

Developing Student Creativity

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Developing the creativity of school students has never been more important. It improves employability, enhances well-being and is needed to address the pressing problems of our Age. More than 50 countries across the world have it as an explicit part of their national curricula. 

Engineering habits of mind: what they are and how they can help us develop engineers in schools


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Listen to Professor Bill Lucas talk about character education at an interactive workshop aimed at educators.

Latest from Bill & Ellen's Blogs

Expansive Notes: Covid19 is a chance to...

Staying at home has made a lot of people think. Whether about coping, finding meaning, how to best use this time, or how we might look back on this extended moment fondly, there have been no shortage of responses.

Some people find themselves with time on their hands now; others are almost literally twice as busy. There have been suggestions that we adults use this time – if we’re in the first group – to learn something new. Or perhaps this period isn’t one in which to develop new habits, but to reinstate those ones that slipped by the wayside.

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Expansive Notes: Our best reads for teachers (remote and home-schooling!)

At a time when teachers are working remotely from their pupils, and maybe even having to homeschool their own children simultaneously, many will be wondering how best to use this time and maximise its opportunities. With exams cancelled and much uncertainty, teachers can guide children and young people in ways that will make a real difference to their lives. Here are our thoughts on some ideas we have collated from around the web:

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Research in Practice: Problem-based learning

Prof Bill Lucas and Dr Janet Hanson offer insights into the concept of problem-based learning as part of their work supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering and Comino Foundation.


The problem-based learning approach begins with a problem, which drives an inquiry process whereby learners use self-directed learning, problem-solving skills, and often group work, to identify solutions to a problem. 

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Holiday reading


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. 

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Addditional holiday reading - new book 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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