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My name is Geoff Dean and this website has been designed to offer you information about the sorts of education consultancy work I can provide to support teachers and their schools.
It is my goal to help teachers make classrooms creative sites of endeavour and exploration. I believe that all children really do want to learn, and I want to encourage that learning to be relevant, purposeful and fun. Education is changing and will be very different in only a few years. Schools need to anticipate how they might soon differ from today and control the way they will approach the future. ‘Shaping Education’ is meant to be more than a rhetorical title
For over 10 years I was a secondary English teacher, in the meantime becoming a head of department, a school senior manager and, for the last 20 years, a Local Education Authority Adviser and Inspector in Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Milton Keynes. Whilst my early professional life was spent in secondary schools, I have gained considerable experience in primary schools, through my attached adviser role and by leading literacy developments since 1997.
I am the author of six books, mostly dealing with English, literacy and more able pupils. At the inception of the National Literacy Strategy, I was commissioned to contribute articles for the handbook about more able pupils; I have also been published by a number of subject magazines and on the Teachit site. I am a past Chair of the National Association of Advisers of English (NAAE), and currently serve on a body directed by Sue Hackman, the Senior Officer from the Prime Minister’s Standards Unit, called the National English Board. At various times in the last 10 years I have worked for QCA, and recently written materials for the G&T National Strategy. I am also a senior A level examiner.
I am happy to work with primary pupils, secondary students, teachers, parents and governors. I enjoy working alongside teachers in their classrooms – possibly monitoring specific areas of focus, and supporting through planning and making recommendations.
Please look around this site to discover whether I can be of service to you and your school.