I am more and more writing for people other than myself. Below are a few examples, along with presentations at conferences and teach meets. Beware: some of what I once thought is now obsolete!


Destroy Homework! on, 2014

‘Sir, what did David Cameron actually do with that pig?’ on, 2015.

‘Killer Questions’, Hands Up: Questions to ignite thinking in the classroom, Stephen Lockyer, CreateSpace, 2015.

‘Reaping what we sow: why great behaviour should not mean more work’, Managing Teacher Workload, ed. Nansi Ellis, John Catt Educational, 2016.

Top Ten History Books for A-level Students for Parents and Teachers for Excellence, 2016.

Four key principles that would transform children’s education for Parents and Teachers for Excellence, in the Western Morning News, 2016.

Too much teacher talk gets in the way of student learning, right? Wrong, Teach Secondary, 2016.

Strict discipline is the leading change a school can make for Parents and Teachers for Excellent, in the Western Morning News, 2017.

How can we ensure KS3 is academically challenging?, for Parents and Teachers for Excellence, 2017.

Show and Tell: One Year in a Secondary School, Toby French, John Catt Educational, (forthcoming).


High Challenge, Low Threat: Finding the balance, Mary Myatt, John Catt Educational, 2016.

Ticked off: Checklists for teachers, students, school leaders, Harry Fletcher-Wood, Crown House Publishing, 2016.


The Art of Silent Debate at Teach Meet Exeter 2014.

Destroy Homework! at Teach Meet North Devon 2014.

#1smallthing at Okehampton College 2015.

#1smallthing at Teach Meet North Devon 2015.

Statements vs. Questions at Teach Meet Devon 2015.

How do we create meaningful conversations? (Or why questioning might be a bad idea) at #PedagooPlymouth 2015.

Questions are shit at The Telegraph Festival of Education 2016.

Testing isn’t evil at Teach Meet Devon 2016.

Marking is not the same as feedback at Teaching and Learning Takeover 2016.

Behaviour is shit at The Telegraph Festival of Education 2017.

How to use a knowledge organiser at Teach Meet Uffculme 2017.

Challenging what you think you know at Inspire South West 2017.

Whole-class marking at Teach Meet Torbay 2017.