🎓 Teacher education & expertise

For part of my week, I’m Dean of Learning Design at Ambition Institute, where I oversee the design of our programmes for teachers and teacher educators (eg Masters in Expert Teaching, Teacher Education Fellows, and Early Career Teachers). For the other part of my week, I’m Director of Education at Steplab, which is an online platform that helps school implement instructional coaching and in doing so: systematically improve teaching.

In my spare time I like to write ultraconcise books for teachers (see below), compose instructional threads on Twitter, and hang out with my lively young kids and incredible wife (author of the ace Making Every Maths Lesson Count and Head of Curriculum at Oak National) in Brighton, UK.

In the past, I have been a senior lecturer in teacher education, teacher, and school leader. Find out more about me and feel free to get in touch—like most folks, I’m pretty flat out, but I’ll help however I can.


Ultraconcise books.

Motivated Teaching

Motivated Teaching: Harnessing the science of motivation to boost attention and effort in the classroom

Buy on Amazon.co.uk

Buy on Amazon.com

This book is for teachers and school leaders interested in understanding how what motivation for learning is, how it works, and how to influence it. It pulls together the best available evidence and thinking—from behavioural economics, evolutionary psychology and human experience design—into a coherent set of actionable principles that can be used to drive improvement in the classroom. Check out what folks are saying about Motivated Teaching, and help yourself to some bonus resources (diagrams and links to further reading).


Memorable Teaching

Memorable Teaching: Leveraging memory to build deep and durable learning in the classroom

Buy on Amazon.co.uk

Buy on Amazon.com

This book is for any educator who’s interested in understanding how learning works, and how to optimise teaching to make it happen. It pulls together the best available evidence from cognitive science and educational research into a concise and coherent set of actionable principles that can be used to improve your impact in the classroom. Check out what folks are saying about Memorable Teaching.


Lean Lesson Planning

Lean Lesson Planning: A practical approach to doing less and achieving more in the classroom

Buy on Amazon.co.uk

Buy on Amazon.com

This book is for any teacher who’s interested in improving their lesson planning and practice. It outlines a set of mindsets and habits you can use to help you identify the most impactful parts of your teaching, and put them centre stage. It’s about doing less to achieve more. Check out what folks are saying about Lean Lesson Planning.


Developing Expert TeachingDeveloping Expert Teaching: What expertise is, and how to develop it (in ourselves and in others)

Pre-order on Amazon.co.uk

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Coming Spring 2023 (🤞), this book is for teachers, school leaders and teacher educators interested in understanding what exactly teaching is, how it works, and how to get better at it. Developing Expert Teaching will provide a framework for what teachers need to know, describe how that knowledge can be organised for greatest effect, and outline an approach that can be used to help teachers improve in a systematic and efficient manner. Help yourself to these early bonus resources (links to relevant reading).


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