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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

Phonics test not the answer to result woes

Phonics test not the answer to result woes

7 August 2017

The West Australian, 27 July 2017.  Our PISA results have been declining since the introduction of NAPLAN. However, why adopt a flawed British phonics test?  Britain achieved only 497 on the literacy component of PISA, while Australia achieved 503.  Read the article here(read more)

Arts-based approaches to teaching literacy

Arts-based approaches to teaching literacy

7 August 2017

EduResearch Matters, 7 August 2017.  The focus on formal, regulated programs in reading and writing is having an enormous negative impact. There has been a narrowing of focus and a preoccupation with test results.  Read the article here(read more)

Why don't journalists question the validity of NAPLAN data?
PISA scores decline after NAPLAN is introduced

PISA scores decline after NAPLAN is introduced

5 August 2017

David Hornsby, 5 August 2017.  The attached graph shows that PISA scores declined from the time NAPLAN testing began in 2008.  A coincidence, or another sign that we now teach to the NAPLAN test rather than the curriculum?(read more)