‘Cleverlands’ in a nutshell

The Quirky Teacher

In this blogpost, I’m going to try to summarise the main observations of Lucy Crehan’s Cleverlands. I read the book in quite a ruthless way, seeking only to spy on what is going on in other countries right now without really needing the personal/emotional comment. Obviously, in attempting to distill the picture, the subtlety will be lost, so of course I recommend you read the book if you are keen to learn more. My ultimate aim though is to augment my own vision of how primary schools need to be, especially when it comes to the teaching of maths.

Here’s that stripped back summary of my notes:


  • About 1 in 5 children in the UK finish up primary school pretty much innumerate and illiterate
  • The author had some time, freedom and money on her hands, so went travelling to 5 countries to observe the way they educate their children…

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