Cleverlands: the secrets behind the success of the world’s education superpowers, written by Lucy Crehan, takes you on a tour of the world's best school systems and the most important ideas informing education today.


In equal parts affirming and provoking, it shows what goes on behind closed classroom doors in Finland, Singapore, Japan, China, and Canada. Lucy weaves together her experiences with research on policy, history, psychology, and culture to offer extensive new insights into what we can learn from these countries.


Explore what is really happening in the classrooms of countries whose teenagers ranked top in the world in reading, maths, and science with our short summary course.


  • Additional Course Information

    Our short book summary courses of non-fiction bestsellers and the latest research have been created to give you the widest range of ideas in the shortest time.

    We know teachers are busy so we’ve abridged various expertise so you can apply it right away. Each course will equip you with the key insights, essential knowledge, and skills that will make the biggest difference in your role.


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  • Course Chapters





    China (Shanghai)



  • Course Length

    25 minutes - 7 videos

  • Guided Learning Hours

    4 hours


    What is GLH or ‘guided learning hours’?


    This number represents the approximate total combined study time required from each user to make the course truly effective. The metric is based on hundreds of thousands of cumulative study hours undertaken by the 15,000 school staff around the world that Guide has developed since 2019. 


    It includes:

    - Length of the videos 

    - Time taken to complete the in-video questions

    - Time taken to read the additional resources

    - Time taken to put items into practice

    - Time taken to ensure teachers are well versed in methodologies and ideas presented within the course

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