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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

 Good news - Creative Thinking will be the focus of the 2021 PISA test!

Launched on Wednesday 11 October, Teaching Creative Thinking is a practical handbook for all teachers seeking to embed creativity into the classroom.



Read a glowing review in TES here


This innovative book applies the idea of growth mindset to the cultivation of a vital contemporary capability - creative thinking - drawing on both evidence and promising practices.

Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology, Stanford University


Leadership for engineering education in schools


We want to find out more about the practicalities of providing leadership to promote engineering habits of mind in schools, either through STEM subjects like science and D&T or through extra-curricular enrichment activities. Please give us your views on this topic by completing this short online survey: https://winchester.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/leadership-for-engineering-education-2.  











'Engineering a new curriculum' 2017. Click here to view.





Click here for more information about the Learning to be an Engineer project


Lucas (2017)Capabilities - the new currency for success.pdf


Lucas and Hanson 2016 Learning to be employable report.pdf


Centre for Real World Learning





Learning to be an Engineer

Centre for Real-World Learning to partner RSA in new research into creative self-efficacy.


Bill Lucas appointed as co-chair of 2021 PISA test of Creative Thinking with this link.


TES: Pedagogy can oil the wheels of vocational education


TES: Bill Lucas on how character is at least as much learned as it is taught        


What if young people designed their own learning?


What's the purpose of education








Bill Lucas Blog: Capable parents, capable teachers, capable children


TES: Bill Lucas - 'If "soft skills" really matter then we should try and measure them'











Al Bateen's Presenting Findings Forum - the sharing of evidence based practice


Action research participants from Al Bateen Academy in Abu Dhabi presented their project findings to an audience of fellow educators from across the Emirate on Monday 8th May. Each participant shared the focus and findings of their research project and highlighted key recommendations for future practice. John Gardner, Assistant Principal commented:


“the research forum provided an excellent platform for the sharing of evidence based practice within the context of Abu Dhabi’s educational environment. The audience was able to take away a range of innovative ideas to employ within their own practice. These included: strategies to develop the impact of marking and assessment; parent engagement; behaviour for learning; flipped learning and the application of SMART target setting”.      


Join the Expansive Education Network and carry out your own action research enquiry to  develop capabilities in your learners to help them thrive in the real-world.  


'Working on enquiries in a cluster of schools like the Expansive Education group we have in Wiltshire is a powerful way for teachers to learn together and keep thinking creatively.'


North Wilts Cluster Lead - March 2017



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Upcoming events

16 Jan 2018 1:00 PM • River Bourne Community Farm, Cow Lane, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2SR
17 Jan 2018 4:30 PM • Holme Grange School, Heathlands Road, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3AL
23 Jan 2018 4:00 PM • Hardenhuish School, Hardenhuish Ln, Chippenham SN14 6RJ
24 Jan 2018 10:00 AM • Victoria Park Academy in Smethwick


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