Our primary focus is on approaches to teaching and learning that impact the development of positive learning dispositions in learners. We give equal attention to the practical and vocational, as well as to academic learning in schools and colleges.
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23 November 2015 - How to teach character in school
A twilight event for headteachers, senior teachers and senior leaders in Academy groups or local authorities. New thinking on embedding character and using professional enquiry, ending with networking and refreshments. For more information click here
9 October 2015 - Health Foundation publishes Thought Paper by Professor Bill Lucas
Habits of an improver: thinking about learning for improvement in healthcare launched.
25 September 2015 - Expansive Education taking off in Greece
Professor Bill Lucas gave keynote speech at Second International Conference on Reimagining Schooling at the University of Macedonia. CRL is delighted to announce a new partnership with University of Macedonia to understand expansive education in the context of Greek schools.
7-10 September 2015 - CRL's work featured in Australia
Professor Bill Lucas worked with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, the Mitchell Institute and the Dusseldorp Forum on embedding and assessing creative habits of mind.
9 July 2015 - End of year celebration for project schools at Royal Academy of Engineering Schools from the North-West and from the South of England
Schools working with CRL and with the University of Manchester celebrated their achievements in embedding Engineering Habits of Mind.
11 June 2015 – Professor Bill Lucas gives keynote speech in Melbourne
Professor Lucas shared new thinking about expansive education, engineering habits of mind and vocational pedagogy at the annual VALA conference
03 June 2015 - CRL invited to participate in setting agenda for Centre for Vocational Education Research
CRL was invited to participate in an important agenda-setting meeting for the newly established Centre for Vocational Education Research at the London School of Economics. Dr Janet Hanson attended to discuss ways in which CRL could contribute to the vocational education research programme of this new Centre which is funded by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills.
01 June 2015 - Prof Bill Lucas selected by Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers
Professor Bill Lucas is one of 6 international thinkers selected by Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers to present at Big Ideas in Engineering Education event hosted by Royal Academy for Engineering. A summary of his speech can be found here
12 May 2015 - Professor Bill Lucas gives keynote speech in Stockholm
Professor Bill Lucas shared CRL's recent research into apprenticeship at the IV International Conference on Vocational Education and Training in Sweden.
08 May 2015 - Times Educational Supplement (TES) leads its post-Election coverage with features on CRL's research
TES Editorial invites teachers to explore Educating Ruby: what children really need to learn and the paper includes a feature on the expansive education approaches being adopted by Bedales School
05 May 2015 - With Sir David Bell, Professor Bill Lucas launches Eton's research centre
Professor Bill Lucas helps to launch the Tony Little Centre for Innovation and Research in Learning. Eton is a member of the Expansive Education Network and its new research base with its observation classroom will provide opportunities for teacher reflection and experimentation.
29 April 2015 - OECD launches international project using CRL's research on creativity
Professor Bill Lucas led a session in Paris for the 8 countries, including Finland, USA and China, which will be using CRL's 5 dimensional model of creative habits of mind as a way of cultivating and tracking creativity in young people.
07 April 2015 - New book and website launched
Educating Ruby: what children really need to learn launched along with campaign to change schools
02 April 2015 - Support for expansive science teaching
Primary Science Teaching Trust funds Expansive Education Network
18 March 2015 - Leaders from across UK support expansive education
Expansive Education national conference hosted by Thomas Tallis School
19 February 2015 - Launch of latest research for City & Guilds Alliance
Remaking Apprenticeships: powerful learning for work and life launched by Bill Lucas at TUC
16 December 2014 - Science Museum Exhibition inspired by CRL's research
Prince Charles opens Engineering Your Future exhibition which draws on CRL's Thinking Like an Engineer
10 December 2014 - Engineering Research into Practice
CRL's Thinking like an Engineer schools project is launched at the Winchester Science Centre
30 October 2014 - Australia honours CRL's Director
Professor Bill Lucas is honoured by the award of a fellowship from the International Specialised Skills Institute of Australia
October 2014 - CRL commissioned by the Royal Academy of Engineering
CRL has been commissioned by the Royal Academy of Engineering to undertake further research into Engineering Habits of Mind (EHoM). CRL is leading a two year project, in collaboration with the Science Education Research and Innovation Hub at the University of Manchester and the Winchester Science Centre, to support teachers in Hampshire and Manchester to implement EHoM within the curriculum and adapt their schemes of work to incorporate the six habits of mind. The aim is to investigate the validity of EHoM as a vehicle for delivering education that encourages more young people, especially girls, to engage with STEM subjects and eventually progress into engineering careers.
17 September 2014 - Bill Lucas and Janet Hanson present at annual Conference
Bill Lucas and Janet Hanson gave a presentation about their research findings from Thinking like an Engineer to the 2014 annual conference of the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI) in Birmingham.
The paper can be downloaded from the conference website. Click here
23 May 2014 - Engineering Habits of Mind
CRL’s report is launched in London. The report Thinking Like an Engineer: Implications for the education system was commissioned by the Royal Academy of Engineering. It is covered in both The Times and The Daily Telegraph.
12-26 May 2014 - UNESCO e-Forum on vocational pedagogy
Bill Lucas moderates a high-profile global forum: Vocational Pedagogy: What it is, why it matters and how to put it into practice.
01-02 May 2014 - Rethinking Schooling Conference in Sydney
Bill Lucas leads sell-out conference exploring CRL’s ideas on dispositional teaching and expansive education.
13 October 2013 - Bill Lucas appears on BBC Breakfast TV to launch English Language Day
Marking English Language Day, Bill Lucas explains how English has evolved across time and place, as discussed in his book with Christopher Mulvey, A History of the English Language in 100 Places
October 2013 - Launch of CRL’s pedagogic leadership thinking
157 Group brings FE sector leaders together to celebrate joint research into the leadership of vocational pedagogy. Its new publication Pedagogic Leadership aims to reflect current thinking about vocational pedagogy, offering innovative ways for leaders to create cultures and practices for outstanding vocational learning.
September 2013 - Launch of CRL’s Expansive Education book
CRL’s new book Expansive Education: Teaching learners for the real world is launched in London. The book was commissioned jointly by ACER and the Open University Press.
July 2013 - Gordon Cook Foundation funds expansive education in Scotland
Aberdeen-based charity supports CRL to work with University of Aberdeen to develop expansive education in the three local authorities closest to Aberdeen.
04-07 April 2013 - Bill and Guy give key-note speeches at the Global Innovators Conference, Qatar
CRL’s research on dispositional teaching in vocational education influences international policy development as Guy and Bill give key-note speeches at, the Global Innovators Conference on Teaching and Learning in Technical Education Qatar in April 2013. Both speakers accepted invitations to a closed-door session with the Qatari government.
April 2013 - Royal Academy of Engineering commissions CRL
The Royal Academy of Engineering commissions CRL to produce a report on the learning habits of mind of engineers. CRL are invited to explore the dispositions of good engineers, and to make recommendations for improving pedagogy in schools, college and universities.
28 February 2013 - House of Lords debates CRL report on vocational pedagogy
A rare honour is accorded to CRL's research as the report How to Teach Vocational Education: a theory of vocational pedagogy informs debate in the House of Lords.
December 2012 - CRL launches seminal report on vocational pedagogy
Hosted by City & Guilds, 60 people attend the launch of How to Teach Vocational Education: a theory of vocational pedagogy.
October and November 2012 - Bill in Australia and New Zealand
Bill takes part in an extensive speaking tour of Australia and New Zealand.
11-14 October 2012 - CRL stages public festival for makers in Winchester
Led by Alice Kettle, visiting professor at the University of Winchester and Lynne Dick, Director of Making Space, CRL orchestrates a successful event at Winchester’s Discovery Centre.
26 April 2012 - Bill, Guy, and Ellen present at the OECD conference in Paris
Sharing their findings from research on creativity with CCE, Bill, Guy, and Ellen present Progression in Creativity: Developing new forms of assessment at the OECD conference ‘Educating for Innovative Societies’.
January 2012 - Comino Foundation backs Expansive Education Network
Comino Trustees agreed start-up funding for the Expansive Education Network (eedNET). The funding allows eedNET to develop materials and improve delivery and support for teachers around the country who are exploring the benefits of an expansive approach and using action research in their teaching practice.
08 September 2011 - CRL launches Expansive Education Network at Pearson in London
Our sponsor, Pearson, host the launch of The Expansive Education Network in London. The Network will provide a national and international forum for the development and exchange of ideas in teaching and learning.
11-28 September 2011 - Guy in Australia and New Zealand
Guy’s tour involves workshops on Building Learning Power, a public seminar on creativity at the Australian National Portrait Gallery, and the launch of the New Zealand Network of Building Learning Power Schools.
2-6 November 2011 - Guy gives keynote in Atlanta
Guy attends an international conference on Creativity and Cognition in Atlanta. His keynote address is on ‘Technology and Creative-mindedness’.
18- 20 October 2011 - Guy presenting at Harvard
Guy presents at a two-day seminar on ‘wisdom’ at the Learning Innovations Laboratory (LILA) at Harvard University. Audience members include the Chief Learning and Innovation Officers from large US companies such as General Electric, Exxon, Cisco and Novartis.
June 2011 - New book launched
Eight years on from the classic Building Learning Power, Guy Claxton and his co-authors, Maryl Chambers, Graham Powell and Bill Lucas, launch The Learning Powered School: Pioneering 21st Century education, showing how the ideas and practice of BLP have grown and flourished.
27 June 2011 - CRL launches Expansive Education Network at the University of Winchester
The Expansive Education Network Conference draws over 100 teachers and educators, with many committing to membership of the Expansive Education Network.
April 2011 - CRL teams up with seven universities to create the Expansive Education Network
Like-minded colleagues from Plymouth, Bath Spa, Wolverhampton, Manchester Met, Durham, Winchester, and the Institute of Education (London) team up to launch an exciting new network for educators passionate about creating powerful learners. Members of the Network will benefit from Action Research training and support at a university of their choice.
April 2011 - CRL wins major research and development contract from CCE
In a competitive tender, national organisation Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE) commissions CRL to explore the ways schools are currently assessing the development of creativity.
January 2011 - Bill Lucas book wins national award
The Chartered Management Institute names rEvolution: How to Thrive in Crazy Times as Management Book of the Year in the category of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.