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A new dimension to my work

It’s no secret that although I enjoyed my time as Acting Head teacher, I decided that the role wasn’t for me. I was too far removed from the learners so as a result at this time, I’m not interested in pursuing that position. However, so conscientious were my Governors, they asked how school could support my professional development if I wasn’t going to move towards Headship. It didn’t take me long to to ask my Governors for an agreement which would mean that I could accept some consultancy and speaking opportunities that I had previously had to turn down.

This proposal went through the correct channels and I am delighted to report that I am able to have a set number of days leave between now and the end of the school year to accept invitations to Keynote, hold workshops/training and accept other opportunities that might come my way.

So far, I have been booked for the following engagements:

7th March – Keynote Oxford University
10th March – Keynote NAACE conference Leicester
29th March – Keynote Norfolk ICT Conference
18th-19th April – Pelecon Spotlight Presentation Plymouth
14th June – National College Workshop on Blogging
19th-20th June – #140Conf Presentation New York
27th June – 1 day NLT Conf with Pie Corbett London
3rd July – Keynote with Pie Corbett SWGfL Conf Plymouth

If you are interested in working with me, please get in touch using the contact form linked at the top of this blog or email me:

February 24, 2012


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  1. Wendy
    February 24, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    What a fantastic opportunity. I used to be a Maths consultant and loved every minute of it. The diversity of the role really allowed me to develop as a teacher. I was also lucky enough to take part in a study visit to Australia where we looked at thinking skills. This changed how I looked at teaching and learning and inspired my practises. I was also given the opportunity to deviate from my Maths role and disseminate what we had found out and put into practice. This developed me as a teacher and leader and I am so grateful to my LA for giving me the opportunity. Some teachers said I’d inspired them and although I was touched by this it was nothing compared to the thought that if I’d inspired the teachers how much must that have affected the children they were teaching. Honestly it gave me a buzz! It’s great that your governors are open minded in your development as all this will ultimately affect the school you’re working in too. We’ve asked to go on your conferences with Pie but not in London, please think about one around Manchester! I’ve loved the work I’m doing on our school blog and it’s got me inspired again, I can’t tell you enough how grateful I am to you for that. xx

    • David Mitchell
      February 24, 2012 at 9:22 am #

      Thank you for that encouraging comment! Watch this space for other events with Pie!!
      One of the reasons I’m going for this slight shift in my work is to learn more from others too. One great thing about speaking at conferences is that you get to hear other speakers, attend workshops and learn!


  2. Kimberley Rivett (@krivett1)
    February 24, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    Way to go! I also did Literacy Consulting in the UK 10 years ago and LOVED it! It is a unique opportunity and so much professional growth happens through – not just for those you speak to but for you too!
    Can’t wait to see how this works out for you – congratulations and well deserved!

  3. Pam Thompson
    February 28, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    That is great news David! I’m sure that it will be a very enlightening two way street. Yes, you will learn from many others, as you say, but you will also inspire and motivate others too. Would be lovely to get you to Australia 🙂

    • David Mitchell
      February 28, 2012 at 10:39 am #

      Thanks Pam, I would certainly like to visit and do some work in Australia!

  4. Anthony White
    March 7, 2012 at 6:16 am #

    Best of luck to you. I also have been an Acting Hesd and found it not for me. Currently considering what other options I now have. Your work continues to support and inspire many so I hope you get plenty more opportunities to spread the word. Hope to hear you speak in Plymouth in July. Good luck.

  5. Pie Corbett
    March 7, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    I’m looking forward to developing further the ways in which we can use ICT to improve reading and writing – if I was a young teacher now, I know that my classroom would be utilising technology – the possibilities are very exciting and I am looking forward to exploring and sharing ideas with David.

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