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This is David’s 50th 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

Setting up children to fail

Setting up children to fail

22 February 2017

RIP IT UP Reading, 22 Feb 2017.  A view of NAPLAN from a parent, educator and PhD candidate.  Read the article here(read more)

A new phonics test for 6 year olds is a BAD idea

A new phonics test for 6 year olds is a BAD idea

21 February 2017

Robyn Ewing, EduResearch Matters, 20 Feb 2017.  If we are serious about improving literacy levels in Australia we should be investing our money more wisely than in another useless test.  Read the article here (read more)

Cold Distant Data: the great political deception and money waster

Cold Distant Data: the great political deception and money waster

20 February 2017

Protecting Childhood, 19 Feb 2017.  Data collection in schools to fulfil national standardised testing requirements is a wrong education driver.  Stop the paralysis by analysis!  Read the article here(read more)

Rethinking how we assess learning in schools

Rethinking how we assess learning in schools

7 February 2017

Goeff Masters, ACER, in The Conversation, 7 Feb 2017.  We need to move away from focusing on what grade a child will get at the end of a year, to assessing the progress that students make over time.  Read the article here(read more)