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Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today: Education - Our Children - Their Futures [Paperback]

Ken Robinson , Richard Gerver
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4 Feb 2010 1855393948 978-1855393943
Education is the platform for our success or failure. Is our system still fit for purpose? This fascinating study examines this and other key questions in the primary education environment. We live in a world dramatically different from the one we grew up in, the one we were educated in; a world that is changing at an accelerated rate. Education is the platform for our success or failure. The critical question is: is our system still fit for purpose? Will our children be equipped to face the challenges the future holds; the rapidly changing employment patterns and the global environmental, economic and social crises ahead of us? Or will our children grow up to resent their school years and blame them for their unfulfilled potential and achievement? "Leading Tomorrow's Schools Today" explores these questions in the context of early schooling, primary education, some of the most formative and important years of our children's lives. The book presents powerful arguments that suggest an imperative for change and will explore the possible strategies and thinking that can offer a solution. The author provides real context and concrete examples based on the incredible journey taken by one primary school, Grange. He shows how, by developing a creative and futures facing system, it not only evolved from being a school on the verge of failure to a school globally recognised for its success and innovation in two years but more importantly created a system that has equipped its children to be not only prepared for but confident in their futures.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum (4 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855393948
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855393943
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Richard Gerver
Innovator, Educator, Advisor to the UK Government and Author
Richard Gerver has been described as one of the most inspirational leaders of his generation. He argues, however, that great leadership is about serving the needs of the people that work for you and rely upon you. The three core principles that underpin Gerver's philosophy are communication, empowerment and impact.

Gerver began his working life as an actor who worked as an advertising copywriter to make ends meet. He began a teaching career in 1992 and rose through the ranks fast being identified by the school's inspectorate in 1997 as one of the most outstanding teachers in the country. By 2005, he had won the prestigious School Head Teacher of the Year Award at the British National Teaching Awards for his work in leading a school on the brink of closure to becoming one of the most innovative in the world. Gerver developed his organisational philosophy of living, learning and laughing which reached his full development during his time as Head Teacher.

By 2003, Gerver was working with Tony Blair's Government as an advisor on education policy. In 2006, his work was celebrated at The UNESCO World Arts Education Conference in Lisbon, Portugal and in the same year he was invited to Shanghai to speak about education transformation to members of the Chinese Government.

Gerver's work and philosophy have been widely reported in the media around the world from the US to Russia, Australia to The Netherlands. His globally best-selling book, Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today, published by Bloomsbury, has become a seminal text in the development of education vision around the world.

His work takes him around the globe and he works on every continent and travels regularly to the US working on education, leadership, change and human capacity. He not only works across all elements of the education sector, but also with major organisations as diverse as: Google, Microsoft, Telefonica, Harrods and Morgan Stanley. His major new book Change; Learn to Love it, Learn to Lead It is published in May 2013 by Portfolio Penguin and deals with the complexities of personal and professional change in the 21st century.

Gerver works closely with Sir Ken Robinson and features in Robinson's best-selling book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything.

He also works as an author and media commentator and is a regular contributor in the British and Spanish print media; having written for The Times and The Daily Telegraph, as well as regularly appearing on the BBC. An episode of Redes, made for Spanish television about his work, is one of the most viewed in the Spanish speaking world.

His passion, expertise, narrative style and humour mean that his presentations are in huge demand and inspire audiences wherever he travels.

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'An animated tale for progressive thinkers... Infectiously optimistic, this book will be heartening for those who believe schools must evolve, and will raise uncomfortable questions for those who want to turn back the clock on primary curriculum. It may be accessible, and it may take inspiration from Disney, but Mickey Mouse this ain't'
--Michael Shaw, TES

About the Author

Richard Gerver was formerly headteacher of internationally respected Grange Primary School in Long Eaton, UK, where he put into action his passionate belief in child centric learning that focuses on experience and context, saying that schools should have the excitement of Disneyland and the purpose of major industry. A former National Teaching Award winner, he has been described as one of the most innovative and inspirational school leaders of our time: highly creative, people centric and fun.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is an important and accessible read for all educators and parents today. What Gerver achieved at Grange in making the curriculum relevant and exciting is inspirational. Changes so badly needed in the primary and secondary sectors to ensure that children are not disillusioned but thrilled by education have been a long time coming. This book goes a long way towards helping those of us who are committed to a productive and fulfilling life for our children.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best of its kind 20 Jan 2010
An exceptional read! Richard Gerver manages to take a serious and potentially heavy subject (the schooling of our children!) and produce something that's totally readable and, dare I say, enjoyable! His USP is that he isn't an academic or theorest on the subject, he has a proven track record as a head teacher. He's hands on. Anyone who has turned around a failing school instantly gains my utmost respect! You end up agreeing with just about everything he says, because it's just plain common sense (but not common practice). The chapter on making school like Disneyland is awesome. Richard also manages to squeeze some humour in as well as a few well-chosen anecdotes that help bring the subject matter to life

Top marks. Will someone in a senior government position please take note
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!! 9 Nov 2011
Very useful and straight to the point with all subjects indexed. It gives another perspective to education. I Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great vision for 21st century education 24 May 2011
By Adrian
Totally inspiring! As a primary teacher with even half a brain, it is obvious to me that much of today's education system is failing our children. A 19th century system cannot cope with today's society and is even bad for our children. Richard Gerver has a wealth of experience under his belt and the vision and determination to implement a curriculum experience that is adaptable, rich and will equip our future generations for their futures, and the futures of those that follow. He shows that with determination and the strength of leadership to deflect the pressures of centralised authority, substantial changes can be made. His ideas are backed up by research from the likes of Sir Ken Robunson and others, and his own practical experience as a headteacher. A must for all those who feel disillusioned with education today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical suggestions for transforming education 4 April 2013
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I don't really write reviews but I felt compelled to for this book.

Everyone talks about the needs to improve schools, some about transforming education, many with wonderful theories about how this might be done - Richard Gerver lays out a very clear case study of how this can be done based on how he did it at Grange School.

From creating Grangeton their own functioning town within the school run by the pupils, to Grange University (an elective module-based multi-grade learning experience), it's incredible to see how a Primary can be run so differently despite working within the (UK) National Curriculum.

I love Ken Robinson for his vision (& humour!), but if you care about the future of our schools and are longing for practical inspiration on what they should be doing today, this is the book to buy - only regret is I wish the case study part of it was longer!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing throughout ! 2 Mar 2010
This is the first 'educational' book I have read that has gripped me like a novel. Its an amazing read and a real page turner. Every leader should read this and its timing is fantastic as schools begin to think about the new national currciulum. This is a chance for us all to make a difference and with Richard's guidance ( and a little of Andy Cope's 2%ness) it could really be achieved. Thank you Richard for giving a young, and at times, slightly naive, headteacher hope that the furture can be different. Everyone , including Government, needs to read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Visionary and Do-ability Combined 6 April 2010
I love this book. Richard Gerver has done what so many books of this nature don't do, he has managed to inspire a vision for education and learning that you can actually realise on the ground. With his down to earth examples combined with his passionate advocacy of real education, he provides a way forward for a new landscape in education, that headteachers, deputies and governors of any phase, simply must have on their reading list. A delightful read, full of rich learning, great ideas and visionary possibilities. Highly, highly recommend it.
Will Thomas
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