Meet the authors

PenPaper_IconMeet the authors


Some of our authors are serving teachers; others are former classroom teachers who now advise and train.

Peter Anstee

Peter has taught English in secondary schools in Essex for over 20 years. Having led a highly successful English faculty for many years, he has since held whole-school responsibility for various areas, including: developing teaching and learning, raising achievement, and assessment. He provides consultancy to schools and LAs and is particularly interested in independent learning, differentiation, tackling underachievement and raising student motivation.

Tom Barwood

Barwood T 2014

A former classroom teacher, Tom is now a freelance trainer, part-time teacher and Ofsted inspector- in-training. He has worked with staff and pupils in hundreds of schools in Britain and overseas, specialising in various aspects of teaching and learning.

Caroline Bentley-Davies

Bentley-Davies C

Former English Adviser and Inspector, Caroline has trained thousands of teachers on aspects of outstanding lessons, literacy across the curriculum and improving exam results. Follow her on twitter @RealCBD.

Richard Churches

Churches R

Richard has taught / been a senior manager in inner city schools, a grammar school, an international school and a special school. He is a writer, researcher and government adviser, and an education consultant and trainer in the UK and overseas.

Dot Constable

Constable D

Dot, a former deputy headteacher and SENCO with a broad experience of working in schools in challenging circumstances, is now an educational consultant providing support, guidance and training to schools, LAs and training agencies.

Mike Gershon

Gershon M

Mike, a teacher, trainer, writer and consultant, is creator of some of the world’s most popular online teaching and learning tools. His resources have been viewed and downloaded more than 2.5 million times by teachers in over 180 countries.

Judy Hornigold

Gershon M

Judy is an independent educational consultant specialising in dyslexia and dyscalculia. She lectures on inclusion for Edge Hill University and is an Associate Tutor for the BDA. She lectures and runs workshops throughout the UK and internationally.

Barry Hymer

Hymer B 2011

Barry has taught in primary and secondary schools, has practised as an educational psychologist, runs his own consultancy and is currently Professor of Psychology in Education at the University of Cumbria.

Gael Luzet

Hymer B 2011

Originally from France, Gael has taught in English secondary schools since the late 1990s. An Advanced Skills Teacher and Specialist Leader in Education, he mentors NQTs and trainee teachers and advises secondary school leaders on good practice in Teaching & Learning and MFL. He runs a CPD programme in his current school where he encourages teachers to implement practical and innovative ideas.

Gorden Pope

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Gorden is a Tutor in Professional Practice at the London Institute of Education. His teaching background is in Inner London schools and his specialism is in provision for able, gifted and talented students and in the development of thinking skills and creativity.

Fintan O’Regan

O'Regan F

Fin has taught in the UK and USA in both mainstream and specialist schools. Former headteacher of Centre Academy in London, he is currently a behaviour and learning consultant, vice chair of the UK ADHD Partnership and member of the SEN Consortium.

Will Thomas

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After running a Community College science faculty and working as an LA adviser, Will turned to education writing and consultancy. Working in the field of human improvement he is an inspirational trainer, teacher of mindfulness, Master Practitioner of NLP and life coach

Margaret Thorsborne

Thorsborne M

Marg pioneered the use of restorative practice – specifically the formal conference process – in schools in Queensland in the mid 1990’s. Today she is widely regarded as an international expert in the implementation of restorative practices across whole school communities.

Alice Washbourne

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With over 25 years’ experience in education, Alice’s roles include teacher, leader, trainer, governor, writer and coach. She runs her own coaching consultancy and works with schools, teachers and young people.

Roy Watson-Davis

Watson-Davis R

History teacher Roy Watson-Davis was an Advanced Skills Teacher for 10 years. Specialising in behaviour management and non-subject-specific teaching and learning, he has also provided staff development and mentoring for teachers in schools in Special Measures.

Ronnie Young

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The late Ronnie Young spent much of her career teaching in schools, pupil referral units, offender institutions and FE. She later became a consultant and trainer specialising in behaviour management and neuro-diversity, with particular expertise – personal and professional – in autistic spectrum disorders.


To find out about any of our other authors, click on the SEE EXTRACT link which is found on every pocketbook webpage (below the book’s cover image).  At the end of each short extract there is a page entitled ‘About the Author’.