James worked as a Science teacher for 12 years, and spent 8 years in school leadership roles. He has a Masters in Person-Centred Education from the University of Sussex, and a PhD in Learning to Learn from the University of Cambridge. James’s doctoral thesis is an 8-year evaluation of the Learning Skills curriculum, a whole-school approach to teaching and learning that led to significant gains in subject learning across the curriculum, with accelerated gains among students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
James is a Bespoke Programmes Leader in the Centre for Educational Leadership at the University College London Institute of Education,. He is also the Director of Rethinking Education, an independent education consultancy. In these roles, James works with teachers and school leaders around the world to promote research-informed approaches to professional development and school improvement. James is also an Associate of Oracy Cambridge, a study centre and think tank dedicated to promoting effective speaking and listening skills in schools and the wider society, and a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. James is a passionate advocate of Learning to Learn, Practitioner Inquiry, and Implementation Science, and regularly speaks at national and international conferences on these topics. You can contact him at [email protected], or via @RethinkingJames on Twitter.