Teacher in 11-18 age group for 30 years. Principal in High School in urban area of UK. Most recently working as a learning and teaching coach leading training sessions with over 2000 schools and colleges. Author of seven books on outstanding teaching, learning, assessment and feedback/assessment for learning.Worked for a time as a consultant to England's Innovation Unit within the government's Department for Education. Developed software for schools including interactive whiteboard games such as The Race Game for use with ActiVote and ActivExpression.
Known for interactive approaches in the classroom. Believes strongly in a mixture of methods with passionate class teaching allied with good, well managed independent and small group activity. Tries to persuade schools in his training sessions to move away from prescriptive methods and allow teachers to use professional judgement to suit subject and context.
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Taught Sociology to UK Advanced level. Taught English and Sport later in career. Vice Principal of large High school before becoming Principal of a failing urban school in the UK. Fourteen years on. under its new leadership, it is one of the most successful schools in its city.
Author of series of books: Raising Achievement; Active whole-class teaching; Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment: the handbook;Feedback and Marking: the handbook; Lesson-Planning: the menu (book and app for iPads).