Alistair Smith has been described as the UK’s leading trainer in modern learning methods. He has delivered well over 1,100 training and development events and is still counting.  He is an author of best selling books including books on learning, brain development and more recently on the culture of high performing schools. For ten years Alistair was chair of Alite Ltd, a company which was at the forefront of developing learning in schools.  Alite  co-developed the L2 Approach to developing independent learners and thinkers and over 1,000 schools continue to use the methods, books and resources. Alistair originated the 5 R’s of great learning and developed the KASE method of curriculum planning. Most recently he has  developed a schools CPD video resource – Step Up – on how to develop outstanding teaching and learning.

Alistair works in both education and sport and is known for high quality presentations and innovative approaches to development and coaching. For over ten years he has been the designated learning consultant to the Football Association.  He has helped the Football Association design and deliver the worlds’ first Elite Coaches course and been central to the re-design of their UEFA Pro Licence towards a competency based approach.

Alistair is also the Education Director for FrogTrade Ltd. Frog are one of the worlds most successful providers of virtual learning environments and Alistair’s part-time role is to help shape product design and implementation. With his help Frog products are now being built from proven learning principles.

In his spare time he loves to do more of the above especially if he can run around as he does so. He also likes real ale and real pubs, loud bands and snow on the hill tops. He is an exiled Scot.


“One of a tiny handful of ‘freethinkers’ and ‘influential visionaries’ … who push the boundaries” Channel 4 Television, UK

“The guru of acceleration” Times Educational Supplement, UK

“Never speak after him at a conference…” Professor Sir Tim Brighouse

“A key player in developing a fresh approach to the game and how its coached” Sir Trevor Brooking

“The nice man who asked us lots of questions” Selina, aged 6