Educating Ruby

What our children really need to learn

By: Bill Lucas , Guy Claxton


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Size: 198 x 130mm

Pages : 224

ISBN: 9781845909543

Format: Paperback

Published: March 2015


Forewords by Professor Tanya Byron and Octavius Black.

Everyone knows schools need rethinking – our political and educational worlds teem with critiques and proposals. But few speak from the heart: from the perspectives and concerns of teachers, children and families as human beings (rather than as deliverers or recipients of the curriculum).

For many people, Willy Russell's Educating Rita offered a radical insight into the then class-ridden world of universities. In Educating Ruby, acclaimed thought-leaders Guy Claxton and Bill Lucas imagine how school life could be more fulfilling for a latter-day Rita, now named Ruby.

Bill and Guy show how teachers, parents and grandparents can cultivate confidence, curiosity, collaboration, communication, creativity, commitment and craftsmanship in children, at the same time as helping them to achieve well in public examinations.

Educating Ruby is a powerful call to action for everyone who cares about education in an uncertain world. It shows, unequivocally, that schools can get the right results in the right way, so that the Rubys of tomorrow will emerge from their time at school able to talk with honest pleasure and reflective optimism about their schooling.

Listen to Bill and Guy's radio interviews discussing Educating Ruby here.


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Bill Lucas

Professor Bill Lucas is Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning. With Guy Claxton he created the Expansive Education Network: an organisation of schools that share a common view of the goals of education. These goals are outlined in their seminal book, Educating Ruby.

Building Learning Power with The Learning Organisation.

Read Bill's article in FE Week.

UKEdChat Podcast - Episode 13 - Teaching Creative Thinking.

Click here to read Bill Lucas' interview in Nursery World.

Click here to read Bill Lucas' article - Teaching creative thinking: Advice and examples'.

Click here to read another article by Bill Lucas - Why knowledge isn't enough'.

Read Bill's article in TES An open letter to Nick Gibb: 5 myths about creativity


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Guy Claxton

Guy Claxton is a cognitive scientist specialising in the expandability of human intelligence ' bodily and intuitive as well as intellectual ' and the roles schools play in either growing or stunting these capacities. A prolific author, his practical programmes for teachers are influencing children's lives in Ireland, Spain, Poland, Dubai, South Africa, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, and Brazil, as well as across the UK.


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