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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

The Cult of Hattie:  'wilful blindness'?

The Cult of Hattie: 'wilful blindness'?

17 February 2018

Darcy Moore, 26 Aug 2017.  In reading Hattie's work, anybody who is knowledgeable in statistical analysis is quickly disillusioned.  To believe Hattie is to have a blind spot in one's critical thinking when assessing scientific rigour. Read the article here(read more)

NAPLAN testing faces scrutiny as education ministers push for changes

NAPLAN testing faces scrutiny as education ministers push for changes

15 February 2018

ABC News, 15 Feb 2018.  Some education ministers are pushing for changes to NAPLAN, believing it has strayed from its original purpose.  Data is prized over potential, and obsessive reporting and league tables were leading parents to make errors of judgment.  Read the article here(read more)

Government funding increases continue to favour private schools

Government funding increases continue to favour private schools

13 February 2018

Trevor Cobbold, 12 Feb 2018.  New figures show that government funding increases continue to favour private schools over public schools despite the fact that public schools enrol the vast majority of disadvantaged students. Read the article here(read more)

Plood, pove, moul:  teachers push back against Year 1 phonics test

Plood, pove, moul: teachers push back against Year 1 phonics test

13 February 2018

Sydney Morning Herald, 12 Feb 2018.  The symposium, arranged by Prof Robyn Ewing AM, was booked out as soon as it was announced, and will be repeated on 17 March.  Decoding means accessing meaning.  Since nonsense words have no meaning, it is not possible to decode them (only to recode,(read more)