The creator of the TASC Framework for thinking and problem-solving, Belle Wallace has been an influential figure in studies of children’s thinking processes and cognitive development. She has a longstanding commitment to re-addressing and perfecting the interactions of learning and teaching, and to working closely with teaching staff to understand the needs of the individual child.

Standing for “Thinking Actively in a Social Context”, the TASC approach is structured as a wheel which learners work their way around, drawing on and developing different thinking skills in relation to a topic or task. Developed by Belle in the 1980s, it remains widely used.

Belle has served on the Executive Committee of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, has been editor of Gifted Education International since 1981, and is a former president of NACE. Her many publications include a series of resource books to help teachers develop children’s problem-solving and thinking skills through national curriculum topics (published by Routledge). She has also recently edited the SAGE Handbook of Gifted and Talented Education (2018), working with Dorothy Sisk and John Senior as co-editors.

Belle has been made a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts (RSA) in recognition of her service to education.
 
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