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David Hodgson

"Teachers that can communicate can connect – and connection is at the heart of great teaching."

‘If we all knew this stuff, we could change the world!’

So said one head teacher after hearing David speak at a conference recently and, to be honest, after working with David for all these years, we would have to agree with him.

And when it comes to ‘stuff’, David definitely knows his. 

A wonderfully entertaining and charismatic speaker, David cut his teeth working in careers in the North East of England and created a system that took the best of personality profiling and made it real and relevant for young people.

In recent years, and as his long-term relationship with Independent Thinking has developed, David has become increasingly sought-after for his work looking at the neuroscience of learning, memory and achievement, something he puts across in a way that is entertaining, accessible and meaningful. And this is the case whether he is working with teachers, students or a conference room full of school leaders.

It is David’s ability to take complicated and challenging insights into human nature and achievement and make these principles accessible and understandable that is part of his personal effectiveness and popularity. That, and the fact that he also comes up with creative and straightforward strategies and approaches that allow all elements of the school community to use these new distinctions to good effect.

It this skill that has led to David being in demand not only in the world of education but also by big business, the NHS, the Institute of Careers Guidance and the Association of Graduate Careers Services, not to mention his work modelling top performing students at bootcamps held at the University of Warwick.

Fun, relevant, a great presentation especially after lunchtime on a Friday afternoon!
David would do well on prime time TV

Excellent session - inspirational. So important to understand the personality differences in our children and not to try and motivate them all in the same way

Many thanks for a truly brilliant and engaging talk last week.
I thoroughly enjoyed the class

David was extremely inspiring and a powerful ambassador for raising aspiration, achieving a culture of positivity and creating happy learning environments in schools

Tremendous thanks for your expert facilitation and for generously sharing your vast knowledge with us this morning

This was absolutely perfect for us; the content resonated with everyone and has made us think about key themes we need to consider for developing learning and teaching into the future

A prolific writer, David has many books under his belt starting with The Buzz which made personality profiling relevant and useful to young people in schools and with which he came to our attention.  

Since then he has written titles looking at the power of charisma in the classroom (and the problems caused by the lack of it), a book full of practical classroom ideas entitled The Little Book of Inspirational Teaching Activities and also collaborative works with fellow Associates David Keeling and Tim Benton.

This latter book is full of practical ideas to help students with their academic learning, motivation, self-awareness and self-esteem, exam preparation and revision and entitled, appropriately enough, The Brain Box.

It's a book that is regularly in demand as the exam season looms and one that schools will often buy in bulk as the ultimate guide to surviving and excelling in that particularly stressful time of year.

For practical ideas for the classroom and the staffroom at any time of year, all drawn from a profound insight into human nature delivered in an entertaining and inspiring way, David Hodgson is the Associate to turn to.

  • David has been with Independent Thinking since 2006
  • You'll find him in our Teaching and Learning and Well-Being topic areas
  • You might also want to consider Tim Benton or Stephanie Davies
  • Ask us about David's prices and his current availability and for details on how to save money when you book, click here.

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