About David Mitchell

David is a former Headteacher now Freelance Consultant and Google Certified Teacher. He is known to most people as @DeputyMitchell on Twitter is where he spends much of his time if I’m not in school supporting pupils with their blogging!

David introduced blogging to Heathfield Primary School in December 2009 and in this time both Heathfield and David have seen interest from media but more importantly other schools, who are looking for a new tool to engage their learners. Heathfield Primary recently featured live on BBC1, you can watch the footage below:

David’s enthusiasm to let blogging evolve in school and allow the pupils the opportunity to develop their use of blogs keeps on making national headlines. Here are a selection of links that tell you a little more about David Mitchell and the impact at Heathfield Primary School:

David Mitchell the Innovator
Independent Newspaper Article
David’s innovative Projects: Feb29th.net and QuadBlogging in the TES
TES Article: Maths – Blogging Brilliant
TES Article – Those that can Tweet!
David and Heathfield in the NZ Herald
International Reading Association Article about QuadBlogging

It is projects like these that have enthused and engaged learners at Heathfield Primary School. SATs levels in writing shot from 9% Level 5 in July 2009 to 60% Level 5 in July 2010. Blogs played a major part in engaging and enthusing the pupils and allowing them to write to an international audience each night.

Listen to one of David’s pupils speak about the impact of blogging:

However, David believes that this is still just the beginning!

As part of his mission to bring Blogging to teachers and pupils in every corner of education he has developed a project called ‘QuadBlogging’. To learn more about QuadBlogging please visit the site. Born out of the need to drive audience to a fantastic blog that wasn’t getting the audience it deserved, this project now has had over 50,000 pupils involved from 1500 classes in 30 plus countries.

David will be working part time as Headteacher of Caton Community Primary School near Lancaster from February 2013 for 3 days a week. This will allow David to be working freelance from January. If you are interested in working with David in your school to:

> Launch, develop and embed blogging in your school or cluster
> Keynote and provide workshops for your conference.
> Support staff through flexible planning sessions
> Work with staff in the classroom modeling outstanding learning experiences
> Train staff/clusters on developing a toolkit for tomorrow’s learners
> Consultation and future planning of technology at your school

Please fill in the form below to enquire and he will be in touch.


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  1. Debbie Hepplewhite
    February 24, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Hi David and all those blogging pupils!

    I’m so impressed with this idea that I have promoted the world blogging proposal on 29th February on my blog!

    I have no doubt whatsoever that the motivation, the outlet for ideas and creative work with the opportunity (time) to blog will raise levels of writing, of literacy and of inspiration.

    Kindest regards to all.

    Debbie Hepplewhite

    PS: My work involves the basic skills for teaching writing – but then there has to be a reason TO write!

  2. Rose Parle
    February 29, 2012 at 6:21 am #

    Hello David, I am a teacher in London and have encouraged children and parents to join your blog (29fab). I know that you are so busy but can I ask if there is any way that I can access the 29th feb blog after completion? My interest is three fold. First I would like to read what students are writing, 2nd keen to develop multi-modal literacies in school & last am working on virtual learning platforms for MA. By the way great idea..have posted upon rising this morning. Rose Parle

  3. Fenella Tallon
    April 17, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    Hi David,
    I hope you get to the conf in NY to spread the news about Quadblogging! Talking of contact with the US, I am helping set up a digital cultural exchange programme between two schools in Brighton and two schools in the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma, USA. I was wondering if we could use Quadblogging to kick off the project – we already have a quad and would be keen to give it a go as it fits in with our digital media approach.
    Many thanks,
    Fenella in Brighton

  4. Gordon Bell
    February 13, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    Hi David
    I work as a literacy adviser for Central South Consortium in South Wales. Enjoyed your presentation about the impact of blogging at today’s NLT conference. Was reading ‘Bounce’ by Matthew Syed on train to conference and was struck by how the message of his book that purposeful practice+ feedback + intrinsic motivation = success neatly summed up your children’s blogging experience.
    Gordon Bell

    • mitchell
      February 14, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

      I’ve not heard of the book but will look for it. Thanks for commenting and coming to the conference!

  5. Noran Flynn
    May 10, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    Dear David
    We are an Education Action Zone in Nechells Birmingham, supporting 1 children’s centre, 5 primary schools and 1 secondary school. We would like to offer a full day of training locally and the heads have suggested they would be keen for staff to listen to you. We had looked at the conference in Manchester where you and Pie Corbett are offering a day of training. Would you be in a position to offer something similar in Birmingham?

  6. Mellissa
    June 20, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    Hi there! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using for this
    site? I’m getting tired of WordPress because I’ve had problems with hackers and I’m looking at options for another platform. I would be awesome if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

    • mitchell
      June 21, 2013 at 7:48 am #

      Hi Melissa, I have used CreativeBlogs.net for 4 years now. Excellent service and a free blog if you want just one but a great multi site setup if you are wanting to go whole school.


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