David – or the ‘Real David Cameron’ as we all know him – has a unique view of the educational landscape. His experience stretches from leadership of children’s services at authority level to the classroom, from the development of national educational policy to its implementation in schools and takes in work at national and regional level in both Scotland and England.
The lead on Scotland’s Outdoors Education strategy, he was also involved in the devolved management of schools initiative and was a central player in Scotland’s challenging Curriculum for Excellence project. A highly entertaining and engaging speaker, he has worked across the UK with teachers, school leaders and governors and is currently chair of the York Education Partnership.
He is behind Creative Conversations in Edinburgh, bringing together artists and educators, is a leading player in Scotland’s regular Festival of Dangerous Ideas and helped draft Creative Scotland’s recent manifesto on learning and creativity.
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David has been with Independent Thinking since January 2014 and is one of The 33
David's Basic Disclosure Scotland certificate number is 200000007241055 issued on 25th November 2016
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Feedback from recent events include:
"I thoroughly enjoyed listening to your talk at the conference on Monday. You re-iterated many of our thoughts and beliefs and gave a great energy into what we are trying to do. I picked up many tips."
"Just want to say many thanks for helping make our Leadership conference such a success. Your ability to help us make sense of this ‘bonkers’ (technical term) world of education that we all find ourselves in at the moment, whilst making us laugh, is absolutely brilliant. Two of our heads came up afterwards and said that if we booked you every year they wouldn’t hesitate to come to the conference despite having a deficit budget. (Not sure our finance team would agree but…..!) What you said resonated with us all and made us leave with a spring in our step. Not bad for a Friday I would say. "
"David was by far the standout speaker at our Learning and Teaching Conference – the only speaker we have had who has received a standing ovation!"
"Thank-you so much again for your inspiring talk at the West Sussex Primary Leadership conference. It really moved me – how you understood where we are at and gave us enough – in a short space of time – to question what we do, why we do it and what we can do about it. I could feel your passion and you so eloquently encapsulated all that we had heard over the two days and intertwined it beautifully with the wealth of experience and knowledge that you have and then shared it with us in such a way that was so inspiring. It blew me away and as I was driving home I just wanted to hear it all again."
"Great to hear a Scottish voice talking sense and with such passion and humour!"
"David was great. His delivery style and content suited the needs of our conference brilliantly and he was able to adapt his presentation at the very last minute when the hotel announced that they were really sorry but that we had no Wifi on Thursday morning!!!! His sense of humour, deep and broad understanding of the Cumbrian and national context was very heartening and the Cumbrian Heads were really appreciative of David's input to the conference"
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For many schools, getting parents to the school for an event is something that is only beaten in difficulty by getting the right parents to school for an event. That said, the parents who do come to our Learning and Motivation for Parents Events always head home buzzing with ideas that are not only helpful in dealing with their children but also very relevant for their own careers and personal development.
Being a governor is an incredibly important task these days so we are delighted when we are asked to support them in their work in all sorts of schools around the country. Apart from ensuring the event is an entertaining and enjoyable one for all, especialy as it is so often on a rainy Saturday, we make sure our input is informative, relevant, up to date and guarantees all governors go back into their schools knowing what to look for, what to do and the rights sorts of questions to ask.