" We are on the precipice of a revolution in the world of work, but know little about how to adapt education to meet those needs. While the act of teaching humans looks fairly resistant to artificial intelligence, teachers and schools need more support than ever to meet these new challenges for every child."
David WESTON is the founder and Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust, the UK's leading NGO for effective professional development in schools and colleges. He founded the Trust in 2012 after graduating from Oxford University and completing ten years teaching in England's state school system. Since the TDT's launch, David has steered it to be one of the foremost voices in education on the subject of professional development. In 2015, he was appointed by the UK Secretary of State for Education as Chair of the Teachers' Professional Development Expert Group and he continues to advise UK government on policy. David helped to set up the UK's new Chartered College of which he is now a Founding Fellow.
David is a high-profile writer and speaker around teacher development, including on BBC TV, Sky News and a TEDx in the USA. He works extensively across the UK, with government, schools and system leaders, and has also worked in the USA, Canada, UAE and India. His work on LGBT+ diversity in education has seen him featured in media around the world. Alongside co-author Bridget Clay, David wrote Unleashing Great Teaching: the secrets to the most effective teacher development (published May 2018, Routledge).
" We need to harness the latest scientific evidence on teaching along with new learning about how children's brains learn to put education through the same 'evidence revolution' that medicine has already experienced. Teachers must be empowered with evidence-informed tools and development to ensure every child reaches their potential."
" As the African proverb says, 'it takes a village to raise a child'. Education is 24 hours - schools cannot do it by themselves - we need to help businesses, public services, local communities and families to play their role in producing a rounded education for every child that ensures success for all. This means breaking down the barriers between schools and other services and building capacity for great teaching to occur everywhere."