I came to teaching after a career in radio journalism, and I am passionate about the need for good communication skills in the classroom - not just for teachers, but for children as well.
One of our mantras at TT Education is that ‘talk is thought’ - that only by talking things through will children truly understand what they’re learning. I am passionate about developing children’s vocabulary and comprehension skills across the curriculum and beyond. Ultimately, I believe that all education - and all CPD - should be child-focused.
I worked for several years as a class teacher in particularly disadvantaged areas of the north east of England, before leading on Maths in a medium-sized school in Newcastle. That role really opened my eyes to two things: the impact of good leadership; and the benefits of excellent and sustained CPD. So it was an obvious choice to work for TT Education, who are passionate about both.
I am now able to model and share best practice from around the country, empowering leaders and teachers to develop their children’s potential. What I love about TT Education, though, is that it goes further: it offers ongoing support to ensure sustained improvement over time.
I have excellent subject knowledge across the Curriculum, but particularly in Maths and English, History and Music. I am an experienced middle leader, and I have worked for several years in settings with a large EAL population.
I am a people person and enjoy anything that can be done with friends: walking and camping, socializing, film, theatre, art and museums. As a believer in life-long learning and personal development, I enjoy reading non-fiction. I also love to listen to music of all genres.
My favourite thing of all is to spend time with my wife and our three amazing, inspiring daughters.
"I felt James was a very engaging presenter and we warmed to him quickly. I was particularly impressed with the way he adapted the workshop to suit our needs and for our school circumstances." - Claire Bonnett, Whitecotes Primary Academy
"A really fun and engaging course. James has fantastic knowledge that he is eager to share." - Ffion Thornton, Whitecotes Primary Academy
"Extremely flexible trainer ensuring all our needs were met and all schools gained knowledge to take back to their setting." - Lisa Jackson, Headteacher, Tow Law Millennium Primary School
"Very good delivery and excellent subject knowledge. Great links to all areas of the curriculum." - Jill Whitehouse, Deputy Head, South Gosforth First School