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Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today: Education - Our Children - Their Futures 0th Edition

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'I absolutely love the book... an effortless read, which is a massive achievement given the magnitude of the issues Richard is tackling. Loads of stand out points... 'Paedophobic' — don't even know if there is such a word, but I love it. The average school day from the perspective of an 8-year-old is sublime. The Grange stuff would be gripping enough if he were writing it from a theoretical 'this is a model that might work' perspective, so to have actually achieved it makes it spine-tingling.'

Andy Cope, award-winning author and founder of The Art of Being Brilliant
(Andy Cope)

'In the internationally recognised Grange Primary school, high standards and an inspiring and magical learning experience are not mutually exclusive...Richard explains the pedagogy and culture at the root of this successful approach and the vision we need for teachers and heads everywhere.'

Dr Des Hewitt, Assistant Head of Teacher Education (Primary Education) and Acting B.Ed Programme Leader, University of Derby, UK
(Dr Des Hewitt)

'The great thing is that Richard doesn't simply talk about his theories, he has actually made them work in a real school...He has put into words what I have always instinctively believed about education and it's time that people began to not only sit up and listen, but do something about it.'

Rachel Wilkes, Assistant Head, Mickleover Primary School, UK
(Rachel Wilkes)

'Richard Gerver throws down a gauntlet to all those involved in the education of young people...this is not a book just about theory. Richard has walked the talk. He tells us the story of how, together with students, staff, parents and the local community, Grange Primary School climbed out of the depths of failure to being described as outstanding by Ofsted. And how did they do it? They did it by espousing the principles outlined in the book. By a faith in the development of a curriculum with creativity at its centre, and a passion for a process that had living, learning and laughing at its core.'

Sir John Jones, international speaker, author and Associate Director of ALITE Ltd, UK


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 (Tes)

'This is an inspiring book in its ability to challenge the conventional wisdom about what education is for. It reminds us that children need to be at the heart of any successful system of education and that it is possible to swim against the tide and create a community of successful teachers and learners despite the pressures to give in to the data machine model of schooling.'

Celia Dignan, former London primary school teacher and Editor of Education Review
(Celia Dignan Education Review)

'We must prepare our children for the challenges of tomorrow, writes Gerver, where adaptability, and emotional, social and intellectual awareness, are vital. If you want to understand that future, read this book, and join the revolution, now.' Sublime, July 2010


'I absolutely love the book… an effortless read, which is a massive achievement given the magnitude of the issues Richard is tackling. Loads of stand out points… 'Paedophobic’ – don’t even know if there is such a word, but I love it. The average school day from the perspective of an 8-year-old is sublime. The Grange stuff would be gripping enough if he were writing it from a theoretical 'this is a model that might work’ perspective, so to have actually achieved it makes it spine-tingling.'

Andy Cope, award-winning author and founder of The Art of Being Brilliant
(Sanford Lakoff)

'In the internationally recognised Grange Primary school, high standards and an inspiring and magical learning experience are not mutually exclusive…Richard explains the pedagogy and culture at the root of this successful approach and the vision we need for teachers and heads everywhere.’

Dr Des Hewitt, Assistant Head of Teacher Education (Primary Education) and Acting B.Ed Programme Leader, University of Derby, UK
(Sanford Lakoff)

'The great thing is that Richard doesn't simply talk about his theories, he has actually made them work in a real school…He has put into words what I have always instinctively believed about education and it's time that people began to not only sit up and listen, but do something about it.’

Rachel Wilkes, Assistant Head, Mickleover Primary School, UK
(Sanford Lakoff)

'Richard Gerver throws down a gauntlet to all those involved in the education of young people…this is not a book just about theory. Richard has walked the talk. He tells us the story of how, together with students, staff, parents and the local community, Grange Primary School climbed out of the depths of failure to being described as outstanding by Ofsted. And how did they do it? They did it by espousing the principles outlined in the book. By a faith in the development of a curriculum with creativity at its centre, and a passion for a process that had living, learning and laughing at its core.’

Sir John Jones, international speaker, author and Associate Director of ALITE Ltd, UK


'This is an inspiring book in its ability to challenge the conventional wisdom about what education is for. It reminds us that children need to be at the heart of any successful system of education and that it is possible to swim against the tide and create a community of successful teachers and learners despite the pressures to give in to the data machine model of schooling.'

Celia Dignan, former London primary school teacher and Editor of Education Review
(Sanford Lakoff Education Review)

'We must prepare our children for the challenges of tomorrow, writes Gerver, where adaptability, and emotional, social and intellectual awareness, are vital. If you want to understand that future, read this book, and join the revolution, now.’ Sublime, July 2010

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Network Educational Press (March 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855393948
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855393943
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,306,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This is a very significant book for the future of education.
There is a lot of talk about how schools don't do what we want/need them to do
(A School is a Lousy Place To Learn Anything In, Becker 1972),
how they kill creativity,
(Ken Robinson, 2006 on TED)
and how they have to prepare children for jobs that doesn't even exist yet
(shifthappens).

Gerver has gone a step further and not only re-imagined what school
can look like but actually DONE something about it and put it into
practice. He has taken a brave first step of going beyond the usual
schema of what a school IS while satisfying current regulations. Most
importantly he has reinvented a failing school into a true community
of learning: motivating students, teachers and their community.

This book has definitely inspired me as a parent. As a neurologist and
medical educator I have even taken Gerver's general approach to
teaching and applied it to training doctors. The ideas in this book
are applicable at many levels and go very well with a social theory of
learning, in particular legitimate peripheral participation.

Learning happens all the time. That is what we do, even if we're not
aware of it. Gerver's approach to integrating subjects is fantastic,
presenting concepts such as maths and reading in a way that is useful
in every day life results in students taking real responsibility and
real interest. He demolishes barriers which are outdated: students are
no longer segregated by age, subjects are not learned in isolation.
Students are given space to explore their interests and they are
integrated with the local community which they form part of yet are
normally sequestered from.
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Richard Gerver's book is amazing. This is a great book to help you think about what education can and should be and that we need to think about how to do education differently. I highly recommend this.
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I have seen and read almost everything from Sir Ken Robinson because I have always felt he is on to something real - but not sure how to implement. After reading Richard Gervers book about creating Tomorrow's Schools today, I feel even more empowered to act as a parent, teacher and a professional. Thank you Richard for telling your story and your courage for standing up against the huge pressure from all stakeholders in the educational system.
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This book is very interesting. Ken Robinson is one of the greatest thinkers of nowadays. Very interesting reading about how the school system shoud be changed in order to allow creativity to exist instead of being killed. Changes the way we see the world and the whole educational system, that is in need of an urgent reform. The world has changed and the educational system has to change as well in order to help young people to get the proper development for the increasingly competitive world that we live in. Is a great book to read.
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I just was looking for this kind of book. For me is not only a theorical approach, It`s a testimonial of what must be our schools today.
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