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Alex Beard has worked in education for a decade. After starting out as an English teacher in an inner-city comprehensive, he completed his MA at the Institute of Education before joining Teach For All, a growing network of independent organizations working to ensure that all children fulfil their potential, and working on projects for the European Commission and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Alex is fortunate to spend his time travelling the world in search of the practices that will shape the future of learning and has written about his experiences for the Independent, Financial Times and Wired. His book Natural Born Learners is a user's guide to transforming learning in the twenty-first century, taking readers on a dazzling global tour into the future, from the high-tech halls of Silicon Valley to the exam factories of South Korea, Finland's inclusive classrooms to the French school without teachers. It will be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson on 12th April.