Reviews for ‘The Bright Stuff’

This book is aimed particularly at parents though is full of ideas that teachers will find invaluable too.  Find it on Amazon.

“If my parents had had this goldmine of a book, I’d be a brighter and happier person. Buy it, read it and sprinkle your child’s life with its wisdom.”

Professor Guy Claxton, author of ‘What’s the Point of School?’

“A really excellent resource for parents looking for imaginative ways to illuminate young minds... I will be using it with my own children.”

Dr Stephen Law, author and editor of ‘THINK, the journal of the Royal Institute of Philosophy

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“It is full of useful ideas for busy teachers and helpful in getting the children rather than the teachers to do the thinking in the classroom” – Professor Robert Fisher

“This book has made a huge impact on how our girls think and learn right across the school.  It is easy to use and adapt to suit the needs of our girls, with fantastic resources ready to use.  The girls thoroughly enjoy the lessons and are learning vital skills we we previously did not teach in such a well structured and innovative way.”

Emma Bryant, Director of Studies, Wimbledon High Junior School

Following her presentation at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in Dubai, C J Simister’s books are now available at Magrudy’s Stores Dubai

How to Teach Thinking and Learning Skills: 
A Practical Programme for the Whole School
Paul Chapman Publishing/SAGE Publications, 2007 

“A treasure trove of practical resources to stretch young people’s thinking muscles!” – 
Professor Guy Claxton
The Bright Stuff: 
Playful ways to nurture your child’s extraordinary mind
Pearson Education Limited, 2009

“This is a practical handbook for parents about encouraging their children to be original and daring - when it makes sense.  Many of those I most admire have few formal qualifications, but do exhibit all the qualities that are the focus of C. J. Simister’s book. As a parent and a risk-taker, I applaud her work.”
Character, Grit & Resilience Pocketbook: 
Teachers’ Pocketbooks, 2017

“I love this book; it puts character at the heart of education, and offers practical suggestions on how to nurture it in our students.”

Nicola Walker, Assistant Headteacher, Rainham Mark Grammar School

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‘Character, Grit & Resilience Pocketbook’ out now!

A practical, step-by-step guide for busy teachers keen to find manageable ways to help young people develop those personal and intellectual attributes increasingly recognised as making a direct and significant impact on success and wellbeing, both at school and beyond

Drawing together a huge amount of research into pithy, classroom-friendly advice, this Pocketbook explores qualities such as curiosity, initiative, persistence, good judgement, focus and flexibility of mind - with a chapter each for grit and resilience, dispositions often near the top of teachers’ wish lists for their pupils.

Discover strategies to deepen effective learning and foster future-smart skills your pupils will need to flourish in an exciting but unpredictable world.

“A superb publication, this pocketbook is just the kind of guide that teachers need to be able to develop character and resilience in their classrooms.  Not just theory, this toolkit is full of practical advice that can make an instant impact in any school.”

Christopher Hammond, Headmaster, Lyonsdown School, Barnet

“Nurturing intellectual character is essential in today’s educational climate where mental health is an ever-increasing concern. This Pocketbook brings together related ideas, models and theories using everyday speak to demystify the topic. It’s invaluable in raising questions, informing and providing practical strategies to nurture and grow our young people.”

Jacky Greenwood, CPD Lead and Associate Assistant Head, Sacred Heart High School, Hammersmith

Luke Johnson, entrepreneur, FT columnist, Chairman of the RSA

“This is a super book - no sweeping generalisations, easy assumptions or join-the-dot prescriptions, just damn good advice and ideas.”

Dr Barry Hymer, author and educationalist

Now available in 8 languages, including Arabic.