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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

States complain of schools budget nightmare as Gonski 2.0 passes Senate

States complain of schools budget nightmare as Gonski 2.0 passes Senate

24 June 2017

The Guardian, 23 June 2017.  – Victoria to be hit hardest by amendment to $23.5bn plan as Queensland complains it will have to find extra $1bn over six years.  Read the article here(read more)

Gonski 2.0 entrenches structural incoherence and inequity

Gonski 2.0 entrenches structural incoherence and inequity

24 June 2017

Trevor Cobbold, Save Our Schools, 20 June 2017.  – The original Gonski report was scathing about the incoherence of school funding, but Gonski 2.0 is designed to continue it.  Read the article here(read more)

Hanson wrong – we need to include children with disability in regular classrooms

Hanson wrong – we need to include children with disability in regular classrooms

23 June 2017

The Conversation, 23 June 2017.  – International research suggests that students with disability have no impact on the learning of other students. Read the article here(read more)

Gonski 2.0 is a fraud

Gonski 2.0 is a fraud

7 June 2017

Trevor Cobbold, Save Our Schools, 7 June 2017.  Gonski 2.0 delivers much less funding to public schools and much more for private schools.  A careful analysis shows a massive increase in over-funding of private schools. Gonski 2.0 Is A Fraud(read more)