School Improvement & Development Conference 2023: Book your early-bird place

David Maytham

David Maytham

Chief Executive Officer

  • Experienced consultant and outstanding school improver
  • Responsible for developing innovative new ideas to help schools and teachers improve the quality of children's education
  • Also available as a keynote speaker

Can you tell me a bit about yourself and what motivates you?

My role at TT Education is twofold: I am the Managing Director and I am a consultant. I first set up TT Education in 2012 (with the help of my good friend and business partner, Graham Keene), because I strongly believe that every child has a right to a good education. Prior to starting TT Education, I had been doing some training in my local area, but I wanted to help more teachers on a wider scale and to seize the opportunity to continually strive to find approaches and develop products which promote learning and make a quantifiable difference in the classroom. What motivates me is knowing how important - how completely life-changing - a good education can be, and knowing that, at TT Education, we have a team of experts who can give anyone the tools to provide that good education to children. Bringing those tools to the widest audience we possibly can - that's my motivation.

What is your educational experience?

I am a former fast track teacher, education expert and school leader with a proven track record of supporting schools in delivering outstanding results. I was the Lead Writing Teacher at the first Writing Demonstration School in the country and have worked on research projects on behalf of the Department for Education. In 2012, I founded TT Education and I now spend my time working with schools across the UK and internationally to raise standards. I run training days, INSET days and national projects, as well as leading a highly creative team of teachers and other educational professionals to develop exciting and innovative educational resources for schools.

What is your educational specialism?

My specialism is whole-school change. If you want the climate in your school to reflect the positive and outstanding vision you have for it, I will help you achieve that. Literacy teaching was my first love, but my Path to Success methodology is applicable across all curriculum areas and I have worked with numerous different subject, phase and senior leaders in my time.

What do you like doing outside of work?

Outside of work, I am Chair of Governors for a local school, which gives me a fascinating perspective on my work. I am also the Chairman of my local cricket club, of which I have been a member since I was a child, as were my father and grandfather before me.

Any time I have spare after that, I spend with my wife and two children!

What teachers say about David

"I feel inspired after struggling to find a way of implementing children's writing over the last few years. I am looking forward to a radical transformation. Thank you David!"  Johnette Barrett, Principal, Paxton Academy, London

"David's wealth of experience and knowledge really hits home the troubles of reading and writing and gives great solutions to help children." Jason Francis, Class Teacher, College Town Junior School, Sandhurst

"David is an authorative and engaging presenter, full of good ideas for the classroom and well-versed in the challenges that teachers and pupils face." Charles Whitworth, Literacy Co-ordinator, Heathside Preparatory School, London