I was born in the Bottled City of Glasgow where I studied Philosophy because ‘that’s where all the big bucks are.’ After years of penury running Soho nightclubs, I pulled the ripcord and landed in teaching.
Since 2009 I’ve been writing for the TES as their behaviour advisor, agony uncle, feature writer and columnist. They’ve been swell to me, and so have a lot of people who let me write for them, like the New Scientist, The Guardian, and many others.
So far I’ve written four books about education: The Behaviour Guru, Not Quite a Teacher, Teacher, and Teacher Proof. My ambition is to write more books with the word ‘teacher’ in the title.
In 2009 I was Teacher-Fellow at Corpus Christi, University of Cambridge, where I rebooted my interest in education, and started to explore the issues that lay behind the classroom.
In 2013 I founded researchED, a cottage movement that grew over night into a skyscraper, mainly because I was fed up with the mad free-for-all that seemed to constitute evidence-based practice in schools in the UK. It seems that a few other people agree. researchED is very much my baby, in that it keeps me awake at night, and it’s a source of infinite joy.