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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

The Expansive Education Network is a group of organisations, universities, schools, colleges, and individual teachers whose vision for education requires us to expand our views about 
  • the point of education;
  • the place where learning happens; 
  • the nature of intelligence; 
  • the role of the teacher as a reflective practitioner
The Network provides action research CPD for teachers wishing to learn how to undertake their own disciplined inquiries in one or more of these four areas.  

It is coordinated by The Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester in collaboration with a number of partner universities across the UK.

Engineering a new curriculum for your senior leadership team

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New publication: Learning to be an Engineer - March 2017


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

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


Focusing on craftsmanship can make every apprenticeship count


Podcast: Bill Lucas interview 'Should school students decide what they learn?'


What if young people designed their own learning?


What's the purpose of education


TES article: 10 ways to improve student employability






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

26 Sep 2017 4:00 PM • Holme Grange School, Heathlands Road, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3AL
02 Oct 2017 4:15 PM • Southgate School, Sussex Way, Cockfosters, EN4 0BL
03 Oct 2017 1:00 PM • River Bourne Community Farm, Cow Lane, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2SR
04 Oct 2017 4:00 PM • University of Winchester, Room, 209, Main Building, West Down Campus, Romsey Road, Winchester, SO22 5HT


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