Alan was until April 2011 a Principal Psychologist in Glasgow. He taught Modern Studies in a secondary school and in an ASL school for children with emotional and behavioural problems. He is the author of the staff development packs - Promoting Positive Behaviour in the Primary School, Promoting Positive Behaviour in the Secondary School and the award winning Bullyproofing Our School. He has served on the Advisory Groups of four government projects on Bullying, Truancy, Indiscipline and Social Competence. He had a weekly column in The Scotsman for several years and has been a regular contributor to the Times Educational Supplement Scotland.
His first book - The Motivated School was published by Sage Publications, London in 2003. This has been translated into Chinese. He was commissioned to produce a training programme on Motivation by the Scottish government in 2005. The Scottish Further Education Unit later worked with Alan to develop the Motivated College. The Motivated School programme has recently been introduced into LEAs in England, including Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Bristol as well as the Isle of Man.
His second book - Motivating Every Learner was published in May 2009. Recent highlights of his work include a seminar for the Education Committee of the Scottish Parliament, a presentation to the Edinburgh International Book Festival and keynote addresses to the annual HMIE conference and The Scottish Learning Festival.
His latest book is summarised in the TESS - Click to view
For a transcript of a talk at the Edinburgh Book Festival click here.
Alan is happy to receive enquiries from schools and other agencies for input to in service training events or conferences, as well as work on development or evaluation projects. Alan offers consultancy to schools on all aspects of pupil and staff wellbeing and motivation.
Edinburgh University; Educational Leadership programme;
Queens University Belfast; Med programme- Psychology applied to Education;
City of Glasgow College- Cultural Connections Programme;
Fischy Music, Edinburgh; The Big Noise Children's Orchestra;
National Behaviour Support Service of Ireland:
Bristol and Buckingham Education Authorities
Motivating Every Learner explores the interactions between teachers and pupils, presenting new ways of engaging young people in learning.