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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

13 September 2016

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24 great books that show empathy, kindness

24 great books that show empathy, kindness

13 September 2016

Washington Post, 10 august 2016.  Great books for teaching kids (preschool to high school) about empathy, kindness and compassion.  Read the article here(read more)

Too much too young is dangerous

Too much too young is dangerous

10 September 2016

Steve Biddulph, Mercury, 9 Sept 2016.  – A great deal of research tells us that starting school older is better.  Strengthening and extending the kindergarten stage for under sixes is the best way to help overcome disadvantage.  88% of the world starts school at 6 or 7 years of age(read more)

Politicians are taking the fun out of learning

Politicians are taking the fun out of learning

10 September 2016

The Age, 8 Sept 2016.  – Education was once largely free from political direction but now it is almost exclusively run by politicians.  Their catch cries are accountability (read 'compliance') and standardised testing, all the while failing to understand how children learn.  We now have a production line method or(read more)