Bill Lucas is Professor of Learning and Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning (CRL). He founded CRL in 2008, together with Prof. Guy Claxton.
In 2017 Bill was appointed by the OECD as co-chair of the strategic advisory group for the 2021 PISA test of Creative Thinking which will draw on the work of the CRL. Bill is an international adviser to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority in Australia, to Vinnvard in Sweden and to the OECD/CERI research into critical and creative thinking in France. Bill is Director of Learning for the Fellowship Programme of the new Healthcare Studies Institute at the University of Cambridge.
Bill is known internationally as a speaker on the subjects of learning, change, creativity, healthcare improvement and leadership. He travels extensively to present keynotes, most recently in Sydney, Philadelphia, Helskinki, Qatar, Stockholm, Melbourne, Auckland, Belfast and Dubai. He is a prolific, award-winning writer, and has authored and co-authored over forty books and chapters and many peer-reviewed papers.
With Guy Claxton he is the creator of one of the biggest teacher researcher groups in the world, the Expansive Education Network.
Bill tweets as @LucasLearn and @eed_net.
Areas of expertise
Dispositions for learning, Creativity, Pedagogy, Vocational teaching and learning, Change, Parental engagement in schools, English Language
Selected recent publications
Books and book chapters
- Lucas, Bill and Spencer, Ellen (in press) Developing tenacity: Creating learners who persevere in the face of difficulty, Camarthen: Crown House Publishing Ltd
- Lucas, Bill and Spencer, Ellen (2017) Teaching Creative Thinking: Developing learners who generate ideas and can think critically, Carmarthen: Crown House Publishing Ltd
- Lucas, Bill (2016) 'Never mind the quantity feel the depth' In A race to the top. Winchester: Winchester University Press
- Lucas, Bill (2016) 'What if the further education and skills sector realised the full potential of vocational pedagogy?' In Possibility Thinking: Re-imagining the Future of Further Education and Skills. London: Royal Society of Arts
- Lucas, Bill and Claxton, Guy (2015) Educating Ruby: what children really need to learn. Carmarthen: Crown House Publishing Ltd
- Lucas, Bill and Claxton, Guy and Spencer, Ellen (2013) Expansive Education: Teaching learners for the real world. Maidenhead: Open University Press
- Lucas, Bill and Mulvey, Christopher (2013) A History of the English Language in 100 Places. London: Robert Hale
- Lucas, Bill, Hanson, Janet, Bianchi, Lynne and Chippindall, Jon (2017) Learning to be an Engineer: Implications for the education system. London: Royal Academy of Engineering
- Lucas, Bill, Stoll, Louise, Greany, Toby and Nelson, Rebecca (2017) Independent-State School Partnerships: An initial review of evidence and current practices. Eton: Eton College
- Lucas, Bill and Hanson, Janet (2016) Learning to be Employable: practical lessons from research into character. London: City & Guilds
- Lucas, Bill and Spencer, Ellen (2016) A practical guide to craftsmanship: creating the craftsmen and women Britain needs. London: City & Guilds
- Lucas, Lucas (2015) The habits of an improver: thinking about learning for improvement in healthcare. London: The Health Foundation
- Lucas, Bill and Spencer, Ellen (2015) Remaking Apprenticeships: powerful learning for work and life. London: City & Guilds
- Lucas, Bill, Hanson, Janet and Claxton, Guy (2014) Thinking Like an Engineer: Implications for the education system. London: Royal Academy of Engineering
- Lucas, Bill (2017) Engineering a new curriculum. School Leadership Today. 8(1) 42-48
- Lucas, Bill (2017) Capabilities: the new currency for success. Every Child Journal. 5(6) 8-14
- Lucas, Bill (2016) A Five-Dimensional Model of Creativity and its Assessment in Schools. Applied Measurement in Education, 29(4): 278-290
- Claxton, Guy and Lucas, Bill (2016) Open Dialogue: The Hole in the Heart of Education (and the role of psychology in addressing it). Psychology of Education Review. 40(1) 4-12
- Lucas, Bill and Hanson, Janet (2016) Thinking Like an Engineer: Using Engineering Habits of Mind and signature pedagogies to redesign Engineering Education. International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy, 6 (2) 4-13
- Lucas, Bill (2015) Getting the improvement habit. BMJ Quality and Safety. 25: 400-403
- Lucas, Bill (2014) 'Progression in student creativity in school: first steps towards new forms of formative assessments'. Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice. 6(2) 81-121
- Lucas, Bill (2014) Vocational Pedagogy: What it is and why it matters. Glasgow: Skills Development Scotland
- Lucas, Bill (2014) Vocational Pedagogy: what it is, why it matters and how to put it into practice. Bonn: UNESCO-UNEVOC
- Lucas, Bill and Claxton, Guy and Spencer, Ellen (2013) Student Creativity in School: First steps towards new forms of formative assessment. OECD Education Working Papers. 86: 1-46
- Lucas, Bill (2018) Twelve ways to be a more successful learner. University of Winchester. Read here.
- Lucas, Bill (2018) How Australia can regain centre stage on education. The Mandarin. Read here.
- Lucas, Bill (2017) The power of creative thinking. RSA. Read here.
- Lucas, Bill (2017) Teaching engineering 'habits of mind' and capabilities will set young people up for the future, Times Education Supplement. Read here.
- Lucas, Bill (2017 If "soft skills" really matter then we should try to measure them. Times Education Supplement. Read here.
- Lucas, Bill (2016) Schools will teach ‘soft skills’ from 2017, but assessing them presents a challenge. The Conversation. Read here.
- Lucas, Bill (2016) How to praise your child: why simply saying ‘well done’ is not helpful. The Conversation. Read here.
- Lucas, Bill (2016) Character is a meaningful concept, is learned at least as much as it is taught and can be woven into a school’s culture’, Times Education Supplement. Read here.
- Lucas, Bill (2016) Forget technical and professional education: there's nothing wrong with the word vocational'. Times Education Supplement. Read here.