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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

The radical plan to overhaul NAPLAN

The radical plan to overhaul NAPLAN

21 March 2019

The Age, 20 March 2019.  Students would be selected to sit NAPLAN at random and school comparisons would be scrapped under a proposal to overhaul the national test.  Read the article here.NAPLAN (as expected) has failed to improve student performance.  The Australian Parents Council, representing non-government schools, wants to keep(read more)

What's good 'evidence-based' practice for classrooms? We asked teachers, here's what they said

What's good 'evidence-based' practice for classrooms? We asked teachers, here's what they said

19 March 2019

Mockler & Stacey, EduResearch Matters, 18 March 2019.  What do we mean by evidence, what counts as evidence, and who gets to say what constitutes evidence?  The type of evidence teachers want and can use should be basic to any plan around 'evidence-based' teaching in Australian schools.  Teachers should be(read more)

No point teaching coding, says PISA chief

No point teaching coding, says PISA chief

9 March 2019

www.tes.com, 21 Feb 2019.  Coding will be as irrelevant as trigonometry one day and more focus should be placed on teaching children tools that will benefit them in the future.  Read the article here(read more)

Extra arts education boosts students' writing scores - and their compassion

Extra arts education boosts students' writing scores - and their compassion

9 March 2019

Chalkbeat, 12 Feb 2019.  Involvement in the arts provides all children with a common language.  Pressure to raise test scores must not squeeze arts out of the curriculum.  Read the article here(read more)