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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

7 reasons people no longer want to be teachers

7 reasons people no longer want to be teachers

19 April 2018

The Conversation, 16 April 2018.  There has been an alarming drop in first preference applications for teacher preparation courses.  There are at least 7 reasons why people don't want to be teachers any more.  Read the article here(read more)

Great literature resources from PETAA

Great literature resources from PETAA

14 April 2018

David Hornsby, 14 April 2018.  PETAA (Primary English Teaching Association of Australia) provides outstanding resources for teaching literature in the classroom.  For example:Resource A                        Resource B                     Resource C(read more)

Private schools getting $6700 more per student than NSW public schools

Private schools getting $6700 more per student than NSW public schools

14 April 2018

Sydney Morning Herald, 12 Apr 2018.  Government and Catholic schools in NSW are operating with less than 70% of the income per student of the state's private schools.  Read the article here(read more)

What happens to student behaviour when schools prioritise art

What happens to student behaviour when schools prioritise art

14 April 2018

Sir Ken Robinson & Lou Aronica, Mind/Shift, 9 Apr 2018.  Innovative schools are breaking convention to meet the best interest of their students, families and communities - and the arts have a powerful role to play.  Read the article here(read more)