What does it mean to be Future-Smart®?

C. J. Simister


Author and educational consultant

“Intelligence is not fixed.  We shape our brains with every new experience we encounter, every challenge we overcome and every risk we take.  And given this happens most powerfully during childhood, the message for parents and teachers is this: the difference you can make to young people's lives, to their futures, is extraordinary.  Raising children who can confidently and happily make the very most of their potential in an exciting but unpredictable world is not something we can leave to chance.”

C. J. Simister

“Business wonders why education isn’t producing the thoughtful, creative, self-confident people they urgently need... We now have a school curriculum that teaches ten subjects but only limited ways of thinking.”

                   Sir Ken Robinson,

Out of our Minds (Capstone)

With more than 25 years of experience, 

C. J. Simister is a leading education expert, working both in the UK and internationally. 

Her innovative and interactive courses are tailored to suit the culture and context of each individual organisation, bringing together a huge range of  Future-Smart® techniques that teachers and parents can use to help young people develop the intellectual qualities needed to thrive and succeed both in school and beyond.

For schools, by combining character with the curriculum - by teaching young people to approach subject content in a way that demands reasoning and rigour, that spurs questions and enquiry, that nurtures flexibility of mind, persistence and originality - Jane demonstrates in a very practical way that education can target both examination success and real-world skills.

C. J. Simister advises head teachers and leadership teams, gives keynote presentations at UK and international conferences, and is available to speak at events in the workplace. 

Latest News!

The Future-Smart®  app is on its way!  Packed with ideas and activities that parents can use with no preparation.  Watch this space!

C. J. Simister’s latest book, the Character, Grit & Resilience Pocketbook is now available from Teachers Pocketbooks.

"This is what learning is about.  If you want to teach for life and not just for tests, this is the book for you.”

Elizabeth Hargreaves, Headteacher, Feniscowles Primary School

Future-Smart Consultancy



“One of the most skilful presenters I have ever come across… not only from the angle of increasing our professional awareness but also in providing an atmosphere which reminded us of the sheer joy of teaching which can be all too easily forgotten these days.”  

Headmistress, Bury Grammar School for Girls


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