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David is a nationally recognised leader in school transformation, partnership development and change. David is committed to enabling every student to achieve their potential and has a particular interest in sustainable school improvement and developing schools for the future. His keynote and interactive presentations are highly rated and are customised to meet specific needs. He also facilitates workshops anddavid head shot provides strategic consultancy work for schools, local authorities and various local, national and international organisations. His proven, yet innovative ideas derive from his own four Headships and work with many other outstanding school leaders and academics.

David is committed to ‘school-led system leadership’ and the ‘by schools for schools’ approach. He led the highly praised national RATL programme which developed an innovative and distinctive approach to raising achievement and involved over 700 schools between 2004 and 2008 that was described by Professor Andrew Hargreaves as, "One of the most distinctive, promising and successful reform models to emerge in the recent history of educational change and school improvement". He was also strategic advisor for the pilot of the development the National College Middle Leadership Development Programme between 2009 and 2010. 

David is currently undertaking a range of  consultancy work including  Executive Director of Whole Education a UK not for profit,  (www.wholeeducation.org) supporting the development of their network. Other clients range from schools and local authorities to organisations including the National College for School Leadership, NFER and the National Audit office. His first book, Learn to Transform, was published by Continuum in 2006 and described by Professor Brian Caldwell  as “one of the most important and valuable publications on the transformation of schools and also the most credible”. The second edition was published in 2010. His new book Sustainable School Transformation: An inside out school-led approach will be published by Bloomsbury in 2013.

David is also currently undertaking a PhD with a focus on sustainable school transformation.

During 2011-12 David was Director of Strategy for Tribal’s Inspirational Schools Partnership programme in Nashville which involved the design, contribution to the development and support for the initial implementation of a project involving 34 high priority schools.

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David Crossley (far left) and Professor Andrew Hargreaves (second left) acknowledge the founding partner elementary schools in Nashville, Tennessee. 

What can we offer?

David offers major conference keynotes, seminars, workshops and school professional development days in areas as diverse as:

  • Sustainable school leadership
  • School transformation
  • School to school networks
  • Raising achievement
  • Use of new technologies  
  • Strategic financial management.
He also provides strategic advice, guidance  and support to help  organisations and schools design and implement major changes.

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Founding partner High School principal Clint Wilson (centre), from Glencliff High School, Nashville with David (left) and Professor Andrew Hargreaves (right)




Feedback from participants at recent events:

'Key note speaker David Crossley - inspiring - "Food for thought"

'David Crossley's input was fascinating'

'Found it most useful when the speaker was sharing his philosophy and being inspirational'

'The talk this morning by David I found inspirational'

'Inspiration from a proven leader in his field'

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David's new bookSustainable School Transformation: An inside out school-led approach is now available. For a 25% discount,  visit the Bloomsbury website and enter 'GLR9FX' at the checkout

Learn  to Transform 2nd edition by David Crossley and Graham Corbyn.  Fully updated.

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Recent Articles

Liberating the professional capital of teachers download published in School Leadership today vol 4.5 p26

Contribution to "Build a better Baccalaureate"  OCR March 2015