John is an assistant headteacher at a secondary school in west London with responsibility for special educational needs and disadvantaged students. He has a wide range of educational experience, having previously taught Spanish and Religious Studies to 'A' level, been a head of department at a leading independent school, and designed teacher professional development courses for a large multi-academy trust. His philosophy for problem-solving in schools is that approaches should be informed by strong evidence and research bases, both from education and other fields. He is particularly interested in how evidence from cognitive science can improve teaching and learning, an approach which has seen his students make rapid progress over the years. The teacher training programmes he has designed have focused on improving both collaboration between schools and teacher engagement with research.
As a consultant, John has advised on teacher training programmes in the UK, China, India and Sri Lanka. He continues to work closely with trainee teachers as a PGCE tutor. He also blogs regularly about a wide variety of education topics, including effective school leadership.