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Over the past 15 years, David Didau has worked with hundreds of schools in the UK and overseas. He leads bespoke training and provides consultancy on a wide range of topics including:

  • Implementing findings from cognitive psychology in teaching

  • Behaviour management

  • Understanding education research and evidence

  • Whole-school literacy

  • Feedback, assessment & marking

  • Curriculum design

As a specialist English teacher, he also works regularly with English departments in a variety of capacities.

If you would like him to speak at a conference, lead some staff training, or discuss how to implement any of the ideas discussed on his blog, please email or call on 0333 3583820.

Please be aware that if you do book David for an event there will be no fidget spinners, no emojis, no sugar paper and no group work. If that’s the sort of thing you’re after we can recommend plenty of folk who’ll be happy to provide it.

Below are some examples of conference talks he has given:

researchED Haninge 2019

David talks about his newest book, Making Kids Cleverer.

researchED Scandinavia 2016

What can science tell us about how students learn?

David Didau speaking at NTEN February Conference 2014

For an example of some of the consultancy work he has done, read this blog post by Dan Brinton, Deputy Head at Belmont Community School in Durham.

Some feedback from schools and teachers

Thank you for delivering a fantastic series of very thought-provoking and genuinely stimulating sessions. Feedback has been universally positive and it is undoubtedly the best teaching-focused INSET we have had here. The meetings afterwards produced a slew of excellent ideas inspired by what you said, and you have engaged staff in a manner that is really exciting for future teaching and the learning prospects for our students.

Sean Dunne, Deputy Head (Academic) Wycliffe College

Thank you for such a great CPD event at our school. The footprint you left behind in the staffroom talk is already changing practice.

Chris Sammons, Headteacher, St Katherine’s School, North Somerset

It was a real ‘coup’ for us to have you and the staff were unanimous in their praise of you. It’s the best feedback I’ve ever had (both anecdotally and on formal feedback forms); staff described it as the best morning’s CPD they had ever had.

Gillian Fergusson, Deputy Rector, Hutcheson’s Grammar School, Glasgow

Very informative and useful. Lots of easy to use strategies – thoroughly beneficial.

Samantha Morris, The Priory, Shropshire

Great practical strategies wrapped up with relevant and rich examples. Liked the realistic approach and lack of emphasis on Ofsted.

Clare Thorpe, Langley Secondary School

Very valuable, helpful tips but also useful theory. Engaging and dynamic.

Jane Thompson, Abbey College, Manchester

Reignited my passion for teaching!

Anna Bartlett, St Joseph’s RC High School, Newport


Dee Dee Bookless, John Cabot Academy, Bristol

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  1. Marian Harrington June 10, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    The Secret of Literacy is excellent, full of good ideas.

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  5. Nicola Green (Christ the King, Alfreton) June 5, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    A truly inspirational day today David. Loved your pragmatic approach to creating a curriculum that works. You had a wonderful way of intertwining theory with sensible reality. Thank you!

    • David Didau June 6, 2017 at 6:40 am

      Thank you! I had a smashing day with you

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  7. Julia August 14, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that I’m reading “What if..?” and finding some of the ideas enormously challenging. Here’s a story from my 11 yr old son who attends gymnastics training 3 times a week but has just had 2 weeks off. In the car driving to today’s session he asked “why is it that when you practice and practice something, you get worse the last two times and then if you don’t do it for ages suddenly you’re better at it? “. This really struck a chord having read all your stuff about memory. He has clearly experienced this phenomena whist trying to learn gymnastics moves and I found it fascinating.
    Anyway, must press on with the reading!

  8. Wan Smith January 19, 2018 at 5:51 am

    it is a constructive platform to discuss the core values of what actual education is. Most of the time our conception might turn into a litmus paper test, however with the above description i must say that this is a great platform to entice every student’s approach well.

  9. Steve Lilley January 24, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    Enjoyed the talk tonight at Oundle School, shame it had to stop at 90 mins, thought provoking

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