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This is David’s 51st year in education. He is passionate about teaching and learning and doesn’t want to retire!

David was with the Victorian Ministry of Education for 28 years and taught at every year level from Prep to Year 6. During that time, he also lectured at La Trobe University, the University of Melbourne and RMIT University. For 4 years, he was an education department consultant in both primary and secondary schools and then returned to the primary classroom. He was the principal of Ringwood Heights Primary School, a school he loved, for 5 years.

He is currently in demand as an education consultant in schools and in conference centres across Australia and in many parts of the world. He has completed many lecture tours of the USA and the UK, and has also worked with teachers in China, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malta, New Zealand and Singapore.

Teachers often describe David as a gifted presenter – engaging, knowledgeable, extremely practical, inspirational. See some Testimonials.

David has written or co-authored many popular teacher reference books and two CD-ROM series. See his Publications here.

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Latest News Stories

Research finds proposed phonics test is failing to assess what it was designed to measure

Research finds proposed phonics test is failing to assess what it was designed to measure

20 September 2017

OneEducation, 25 Sept 2016.  The UK phonics test that the Coalition government wants to introduce in Australia is an invalid and unreliable test.  Research does not support the use of the  test in the UK.  Read the article here(read more)

Right wing think tank

Right wing think tank "experts" with no teaching experience dictate Coalition education policy

20 September 2017

The Aim Network, 18 Sept 2017.  Think tank wannabes, who have never taught a class of kids to read and write, have no idea what works in a classroom.  Read the article here(read more)

New phonics test will do nothing to improve children's literacy

New phonics test will do nothing to improve children's literacy

20 September 2017

The Conversation, Misty Adoniou, 18 Sept 2017.  We are able to learn from the experience in England and the evidence is clear – the test is unable to deliver. Australia should look elsewhere.  Read the article here(read more)

Sir Ken Robinson on how schools are stifling students' creativity

Sir Ken Robinson on how schools are stifling students' creativity

18 September 2017

flipboard.com,   8 Sept 2017   Relentless testing and pushing for standardized scores are destroying students' imagination and talent and narrowing the curriculum.  Read the article here(read more)