Author of Brave Heads and Leadership Dialogues and a former school leader in a variety of different and challenging school environments with many years' experience - and the bruises to prove it, Dave's gift is the ability to see beyond the many obstacles in front of him and relentlessly generate creative and imaginative approaches to overcoming them.
His passion for working within challenging communities is matched by his passion for through-schooling, for innovation inside and outside the classroom and for leadership that is both courageous and humane.
His first book Are You Dropping the Baton? challenged schools to get transition right. Brave Heads encouraged head teachers to lead using their heart and their head and his third book, Leadership Dialogues with Professor John West Burnham, provides ideas and resources to help leadership teams to transform their school by using the latest research.
An article by Dave in School Leadership Today magazine called "How quality conversations can transform your school", containing many practical activities for school leadership teams can be found here.
Dave is Business Director of Independent Thinking in the UK as well as a popular speaker and writer both nationally and internationally.
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Dave has been with Independent Thinking since 2006 and is one of The 33
Dave’s DBS number is 001430345855 issued 2nd January 2014 (checked 16th August 2018 via the Update Service)
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Feedback from recent events include:
"Excellent, motivational & inspirational. Would've liked a longer session, experience showed – very knowledgeable"
"He was an amazing speaker, who was engaging and interesting. Dave Harris knew about school life, he made it interactive and had pace to keep you involved in what he was saying. He made you feel that he understood and could help"
"Your input was very much appreciated and highly valued by the audience of headteachers.The content that you presented made both ourselves and the rest of the audience think about the education and the future.We look forward to the possibility of working with you next year and will be in touch in the nearer the time."
"I just wanted to write to thank you for your authentic and provocative talk yesterday at the Society of Heads meeting. So much of what you said was impressive and inspiring – and a good reminder of why we do what we do. Many thanks again and keep doing what you are doing – the messages you send are certainly the right ones for our children."
"Very interesting – lots of info peppered with humour, good to listen to"
"Dave was absolutely wonderful! I have had such great feedback from many heads about him and he is certainly the best speaker we have had from you so far! He was inspirational, relevant and really gauged and engaged the audience well"
With Dave Harris and Simon Cooper-Hind
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.