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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

How the national phonics test is failing England and why it will fail Australia too

How the national phonics test is failing England and why it will fail Australia too

10 November 2017

Misty Adoniou, EduResearch Matters, 6 Nov 2017.  The phonics check is not helping England; in fact England is going backwards. Why adopt it in Australia?   Read the article here(read more)

Simplistic advice for teachers on how to teach won't work

Simplistic advice for teachers on how to teach won't work

9 November 2017

The Conversation, 9 Nov 2017.  Essential reading for those enchanted by big data analysis and hoodwinked by 'effect sizes' and a narrow view of teaching and learning.  Read the article here(read more)

The Darker Purpose

The Darker Purpose

7 November 2017

www.education.nswtf.org.au (Sept 2017).  From where do bad ideas in education spring and how are they spread?  The proposed Year 1 phonics test.  Read the article here(read more)

Research finds proposed phonics test is failing to assess what it was designed to measure

Research finds proposed phonics test is failing to assess what it was designed to measure

20 September 2017

OneEducation, 25 Sept 2016.  The UK phonics test that the Coalition government wants to introduce in Australia is an invalid and unreliable test.  Research does not support the use of the  test in the UK.  Read the article here(read more)