“Teachers that can communicate can connect – and connection is at the heart of great teaching”
David Hodgson
David Hodgson

‘If we all knew this stuff, we could change the world!' So said one head teacher after hearing David speak at a conference and, to be honest, we would have to agree with him.

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.

Through his prolific work he shows teachers how to embrace new strategies and approaches that improve not only teaching and learning but also communication, conversations and relationships between everyone in the school community.

In recent years David has modelled top performing GCSE students attending revision bootcamps at Warwick University to produce a powerful set of techniques and tips which rewrite the rules around learning and revision. Linked to the best research from the fields of neuroscience and psychology, David is using this new knowledge to help students and teachers genuinely transform what goes on in classrooms - and between ears.

“Determined not to make eye contact with anyone, I focused on the pants” - The Little Book of Inspirational Teaching Activities

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  • David has been with Independent Thinking since 2006 and is one of The 33

  • David's DBS number is 001552784471 issued 15th November 2016

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Feedback from recent events include:

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

"Superb! Very powerful!"

"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."

"Please could you pass on my thanks to David, who was superb"

"Can't thank you enough for your wonderful presentation today. Staff are buzzing and anxious to get into the classroom"

"Thanks again for a brilliant morning affirming the awesome responsibility we have as teachers in getting children to believe in themselves and go for their dreams!"


Knowing Me; Knowing You - Using Personality Trait Models to Significantly Improve Motivation, Engagement and Learning

With David Hodgson. How identifying the personalities of your students will help them learn.

Parent Event

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.

Governor Event

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.