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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  



An open letter to Damian Hinds MP


Bill Lucas welcomes the new Secretary of State for Education and invites him to help change the conversation about what schools teach.



One of our expansive research areas is Engineering 'habits of mind'. Teachers in many subjects, including not only STEM (Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology) but also in English and Art, are interested in encouraging learners to 'think like an engineer' because they can see the value of developing children’s skills such as problem solving and improving within their subject.


In a project funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, teachers have developed some fantastic resources to help learners grow their engineering habits of mind.


Teachers taking part might want to know


If I want to develop my pupils' engineering habits of mind, how can I use a formative assessment tool to ensure they can track their own habits?


This 'Engineering Habits of Mind' questionnaire, developed by one of our member teachers, attempted to answer a question like this. The link below is a great tool to try out with your class.




It will help them map their competencies and work out how they need to develop their thinking to become better problem solvers!


For more free resources, see the Royal Academy of Engineering's dedicated page about the project. 


Engineering is just one of the research areas our teachers explore. Others include creative thinking, maths, science, outdoor learning, and giftedness.  Contact us to find out more. 


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   

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Education Forward 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. 

We're enjoying this new book, which puts forward a collection of thinkpieces for a reimagined education based on creativity and love of learning! 

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