“Above all else, develop your students’ presence of mind and offer them an education of hope”
Martin Illingworth
In a text Martin wrote for the London’s renowned Goldsmith’s Institute he said, ‘Teachers are the means by which children gain access to their cultures... this is a shatteringly large responsibility and it needs some thought’. It is getting teachers to think about what they do before they do it that makes Martin such an important and thought-provoking speaker.

An experienced teacher and now teacher trainer at Sheffield Hallam University, Martin is known for his work on the teaching of English language and literacy. His humorous, no-nonsense, practical approach not only to teaching English but to teaching generally is winning him fans across the country but it is when he shares his insights into the absurdities – and dangers – of government policies that he is at his most engagingly acerbic. For him, the antidote to the rubbish, though, is ‘pre-teaching thinking’ - getting teachers to think before they teach. Then there’s hope.

Feedback from recent events include:

"I'm half way through his book already and it has made me re-think exactly why and how I teach which is why we did not do any SAT busters today, despite pressure from the management! Instead we played some grammar games which lead into a whole class discussion on 'Do we still need schools?'. If the speaking and listening was anything to go by the writing should be exciting."

"I came along to the ITL conference in Brighton last week and came back feeling really inspired! Your presentation on grammar was very entertaining but also extremely thought provoking"

“Great external speaker – motivating and inspiring but most importantly engaging. A very thought provoking talk!”

“Martin Illingworth was very motivational…pinning knowledge to emotions or feelings…laugh – cry – remember”

“I feel very inspired by Martin. He reminded me that I am able to make a difference and inspire young people to be their own educators”
"We must offer children an education of hope; that their lives right now have purpose and delight, and that the future is looking bright…’ - Think Before You Teach

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10th November 2017 - Getting to the Heart of Discipline in Schools

This is a conference that gets to grips with what works and what doesn’t when it comes to embedding discipline amongst learners. A must-see summary and case study exploration of the fundamental foundations of effective behaviour management

Governor Event

Being a governor is an incredibly important task these days so we are delighted when we are asked to support them in their work in all sorts of schools around the country. Apart from ensuring the event is an entertaining and enjoyable one for all, especialy as it is so often on a rainy Saturday, we make sure our input is informative, relevant, up to date and guarantees all governors go back into their schools knowing what to look for, what to do and the rights sorts of questions to ask.