Professor Guy Claxton is the UK’s foremost expert on practical ways of expanding young people’s appetite and capacity for learning. His Building Learning Power approach has been tried, tested and developed in hundreds of primary and secondary schools.
An international expert on education and the brain, Guy is a cognitive scientist specialising in the expandability of learning capacity and intelligence. Since retiring from university life in 2013, he has focused on writing and consultancy. Much in demand all around the world, his recent books include New Kinds of Smart, Expansive Education and Educating Ruby: What Our Children Really Need to Learn (all with Bill Lucas), and, most recently, Intelligence in the Flesh.
Prior to that, Guy has been Co-Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning and Professor of the Learning Sciences at the University of Winchester. He previously held the same title at the University of Bristol Graduate School of Education. He has a ‘double first’ from Cambridge and a DPhil from Oxford, is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Royal Society of Arts, and an Academician of the Academy of the Social Sciences.
Guy has consulted and worked with teachers all over the world and has been a regular visitor to New Zealand. He is that rare academic who is able to speak to both the daily realities and the hearts of practising teachers.