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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

Are e-Books a waste of money?

Are e-Books a waste of money?

21 March 2017

The Age, 21 March 2017.  A new study shows that giving children devices such a Kindles and iPads inhibits reading.  The study challenges the myth that children are digital natives who prefer screens.  Similar research by the OECD found that computers and iPads fail to boost numeracy and literacy skills.(read more)

The silent tragedy of NAPLAN, students reported in misleading bands

The silent tragedy of NAPLAN, students reported in misleading bands

21 March 2017

Tulip Education Research Blog, 16 March 2017.  NAPLAN reporting of student abilities is unreliable.  The certainty of the "dots within the bands" is not matched by the maths. NAPLAN results don't include confidence intervals because then it would not be possible to locate a student in a particular band.  Read the article(read more)

Educational disadvantage is a huge problem in Australia

Educational disadvantage is a huge problem in Australia

15 March 2017

The Conversation, 15 March 2017.  The latest reports from two major international assessments of student learning – PISA and TIMMS – show that educational disadvantage is a substantial problem in Australia. We can't continue this way.  Read the article here(read more)

Parents shouldn't rely on MySchool data when choosing a school

Parents shouldn't rely on MySchool data when choosing a school

14 March 2017

The Conversation, 14 March 2017.  The most reliable way to find the best school for your child is to visit and find out about its philosophy and programs.  School rankings and comparisons are misleading.  Read the article here.(read more)