James Lewis

James Lewis

School Improvement Partner

  • All-round primary expert with specialist knowledge in Maths, English, History and Music.
  • Believes all education should be child-focused.

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

I came to teaching after a career in radio journalism, and I am passionate about the need for good communication skills in the classroom - not just for teachers, but for children as well.

One of our mantras at TT Education is that ‘talk is thought’ - that only by talking things through will children truly understand what they’re learning. I am passionate about developing children’s vocabulary and comprehension skills across the curriculum and beyond. Ultimately, I believe that all education - and all CPD - should be child-focused.

What is your educational experience?

I worked for several years as a class teacher in particularly disadvantaged areas of the north east of England, before leading on Maths in a medium-sized school in Newcastle. That role really opened my eyes to two things: the impact of good leadership; and the benefits of excellent and sustained CPD. So it was an obvious choice to work for TT Education, who are passionate about both.

I am now able to model and share best practice from around the country, empowering leaders and teachers to develop their children’s potential. What I love about TT Education, though, is that it goes further: it offers ongoing support to ensure sustained improvement over time.

What is your educational specialism?

I have excellent subject knowledge across the Curriculum, but particularly in Maths and English, History and Music. I am an experienced middle leader, and I have worked for several years in settings with a large EAL population.

What do you like doing outside of work?

I am a people person and enjoy anything that can be done with friends: walking and camping, socializing, film, theatre, art and museums. As a believer in life-long learning and personal development, I enjoy reading non-fiction. I also love to listen to music of all genres.

My favourite thing of all is to spend time with my wife and our three amazing, inspiring daughters.

What teachers say about James

"An enthusiastic and knowledgeable trainer, lots of information to go away and process." - Evelyn Lawrence, Oasis Academy Nunthorpe