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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

Learning music early can make your child a better reader

Learning music early can make your child a better reader

10 November 2018

Anita Collins and Misty Adoniou, The Conversation, 8 Nov 2018.  Neuroscience has found a clear relationship between music and language acquisition.  Read the article here(read more)

What are 'decodable readers' and do they work?

What are 'decodable readers' and do they work?

4 November 2018

The Conversation, 1 Nov 2018.  The Australian Curriculum defines decoding as 'A process of working out the meaning of words in a text. In decoding, readers draw on contextual, vocabulary, grammatical and phonic knowledge.'  However, the Victorian coalition defines decoding only as 'sounding out letters' and wants their misinformed view(read more)

Massive gaps in teacher resources between disadvantaged and advantaged schools

Massive gaps in teacher resources between disadvantaged and advantaged schools

26 October 2018

Trevor Cobbold, saveourschools.com.au, 23 Oct 2018.  Australia allocates more and better teacher resources to socio-economically advantaged schools than to disadvantaged schools. The mis-allocation ranks alongside the worst in the OECD.  Read the report here (read more)

WA primary schools to make play a priority

WA primary schools to make play a priority

21 October 2018

Mandura Mail, 12 Oct 2018.  Schools are being instructed to emphasise the role of play-based learning in a balanced curriculum.  Read the article here(read more)