Clients, past and present

Bannerman Road Primary School, Bristol
Beath High  School, Cowdenbeath
Bridgwater College
British Council
Cannon Lane Primary School
Cramlington Learning Village
Darton College, Barnsley
Do Lectures
Education Scotland
Fife Council
Finnish Football Association
George Spencer Academy
Glasgow City Council
Harborne Academy, Birmingham
Holmfirth High School
Honywood School
Inspiring Leadership Conference
King Edward VIth School, Morpeth
Kinross Primary School, Kinross
Lord Lawson Academy
Ninestiles Academy Trust
Oxford Said Business School
Richard Challoner School
RSA Academies Trust
Saint John the Baptist School
Scottish Government
Sec Ed Magazine
Seven Kings High School
St Mary's Blackpool
St Mary's University
Teach First
The Chafford School
The Harris Academies Trust
Thornbury Primary School, Bradford
Tudor Grange Academy
Varndean School
Walbottle Community Campus
Woodhill Primary School
Worsbrough Common Primary School
Wyndham Primary Academy, Derby

Training and Consultancy

I have been a Teacher, Advisory Teacher and an Associate Head Teacher in my time in education. I have also headed up a successful education training company and written a number of books, some of which were award winning with one which was a best seller.  I have delivered over 1,700 presentations, keynotes, In-Service events or training programmes. I’m good at facilitating learning. I have an awful lot of presentation experience.

I have over thirty years of experience of work on learning, teaching and motivation, usually with staff – in hundreds of schools, Primary and Secondary.  Specific school-based topics have been around books I’ve written and over the years have included Accelerated Learning, The Science of Learning, Independent Learning, Well-Being and Happiness – and more recently World Class Education. At the moment I am working on a book on a new book looking at the place of trust in High Performing Organisations.

I’ve led leadership seminars, often based on my research for my last book ‘High Performers: The Secrets of Successful Schools and recent work done on The Management of Change.  In the last few years I’ve worked as coach and consultant to a number of Academy Trust, some high profile and others less so. The work has included lots of observations and reviews, guidance on Curriculum design using the KASE Model, developing Teaching and Learning policies and supporting changes in PE delivery towards more a more inclusive offer.

I offer a range of support interventions to schools and school leaders ranging from short keynotes to ongoing mentoring and support. By quickly casting through my Case Study selection, the Presentations and the Publications which have given me inspiration below you should get a good idea of what I can offer you. If you hover over the scrolling logos above you’ll get a feel for the sorts of schools and colleges I’ve worked with!


An inspiration, as ever… 2016

Oli Thomlinson, Principal, Paddington Academy, London

We look through the eyes of one of education’s undoubted masters and find ourselves nourished and enriched by the account of what he sees.

Geoff Barton, General Secretary, the Association of School and College Leaders, former Head Teacher

I have never read a school improvement book like High Performers. Almost every page has some small vivid, persuasive and compelling example of good practice drawn from the classroom or the department or the senior leadership team itself. Every one is authentic, as it would be with Alistair Smith as author. Generations of teachers and school leaders have known him as an inspirational speaker and work-shop leader. Here he shows an enviable skill as a writer.

Professor, Sir Tim Brighouse on High Performers

Building success is a personal as well as professional challenge. Alistair Smith manages to get up close and personal in delving into the professional journeys of some successful schools.

Alistair Smith leaves the reader professionally aware and personally motivated. Leadership can make a massive difference and young peoples’ lives benefit when it does.

Professor Mick Waters on High Performers

An enjoyable highly useful tool for your Schools CPD in one box! Magical!

Dame Reena Keeble on the Primary Perspectives DVD Set

Thanks for your help with setting up and leading our developmental observations. The classroom practitioners benefited from the focused approach, the precise feedback and your understanding of our context.

Chris Thomlinson, Executive Head Teacher, Harris Federation

" Alistair has saved us an enormous amount of time by keeping us focused on what's important - we are proud of the breakthroughs we have made in our Entitlement Curriculum, our subject planning teams and our Trust approach to Oracy. "January 2020

Sam Mcmonagle, School Improvement Leader, Central RSA Academies Trust

Relevant, funny, challenging and inspiring - the feedback we had on your keynote was excellent. July 2019

Steve Munby, Chief Executive of the Education Development Trust
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