Cognitive scientist and author, Professor Guy Claxton is one of the UK's foremost thinkers on creativity, learning and the brain in both business and education. Influencing educational theory and practice across the world, Guy draws on his 'Building Learning Power' approach to cultivate the general strengths and attitudes that people need to thrive in a tricky world.
World-renowned cognitive scientist and emeritus Professor of the Learning Sciences at the University of Winchester, Guy Claxton has influenced educational theory and practice across the world.
One of the UK's foremost thinkers on creativity, innovation, learning and the brain, in both business and education, he specialises in ways to expand young people’s appetite and capacity for learning.
Guy is the author of more than twenty books with titles such as 'Building Learning Power' and 'What's the Point of School? inspiring thousands of teachers and parents to change the way they think about educating their kids.
In his keynotes, he asserts that education should cultivate the general strengths and attitudes that people need to thrive in a tricky world, rather than falling back on test scores, and latching onto the latest fads like 'resilience' or 'mindset'.
His 'Building Learning Power' approach to teaching has shown the way to the Holy Grail of schools: children who get good grades, and who are strong, inquisitive, independent and lifelong learners. He discusses what we have to do if we are going to get serious about the development of 21st-century character (and get even better results in the process).
He is also an expert on the new understanding of intelligence - for example, how much our smarts rely on intuition and bodily feelings. A hymn of praise to Guy's best-seller 'Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind: Why Intelligence Increases When You Think Less', John Cleese described his work as "THE essential guide to creativity" in his blockbuster from Video Arts, The Hidden Mind.
Before taking up the same position at Winchester in 2008, Guy serves as emeritus Professor of the Learning Sciences at the University of Bristol Graduate School of Education.
He has a ‘double first’ from Cambridge and a DPhil from Oxford, and is a Visiting Professor at King's College London, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Royal Society of Arts, and an Academician of the Academy of the Social Sciences.
In 2013, Guy was listed in Most Influential Thinkers in HR Top 20.
Able to speak about education, understanding intelligence, children’s capacity for learning and creativity in the workplace, Guy is an ideal keynote speaker for a plethora of live events.