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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

School Drama Hub:  drama in the Victorian Curriculum

School Drama Hub: drama in the Victorian Curriculum

18 May 2018

Professional learning for primary teachers.  School Drama Hub: transforming English and literacy learning through drama in the Victorian Curriculum.  Highly recommended.  Download flyer:  School_Drama_Hub_Victoria(read more)

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NAPLAN social security media security lapse to be investigated

17 May 2018

The West Australian, 17 May 2018.  Photos of the topic set for the writing assessment were posted on social media.  Read the article here(read more)

Let's abandon NAPLAN – we can do better

Let's abandon NAPLAN – we can do better

16 May 2018

The Conversation, 16 May 2018.  With calls for a review, many experts are calling the future of NAPLAN into question.  Read the article here.  (The warnings we placed on this site 10 years ago have come true.)(read more)

Drumbeat to ditch NAPLAN is growing louder – and rightly so

Drumbeat to ditch NAPLAN is growing louder – and rightly so

6 May 2018

Sydney Morning Herald, 6 May 2018.  After 10 years, virtually everyone who actually understands NAPLAN opposes it.  NAPLAN has not achieved its aims and damaged education in the process.  Read the article here(read more)