David G Thomson, Founding Director
BA(hons) MPhil(Cantab) ADipEdM CettEd(Mus) LTCL CertiB FRSA
David Thomson is a renowned learning specialist with a national reputation in the UK independent school sector for the improvement of organisational, staff and pupil performance.
David’s career spans teaching in schools, postgraduate study and professional research at Cambridge University, senior leadership and change management with 60 staff as Academic Director of St John’s College School, Cambridge for nine years, extensive training and coaching of teachers nationally, authoring an innovative and well-reviewed textbook on learning for younger learners, and as a consultant, conducting senior educational recruitment evaluations. He has also been closely involved with the founding of a psychotherapeutic practice Rafan House on Harley Street and is co-Director with long-standing colleague and the Founder Director, Dr Emma Loveridge.
As a research officer to the Council for Examination Development in Cambridge University, and working closely with some of the best international names in psychometrics, he designed and published a nationally important research study on grading standards. This explored how examiners ‘internally’ make decisions about grading boundaries though an ‘imagining’ process known as ‘Limen Referencing.’ The outcomes of this work were taken up by UK examination boards nationally. As the founder of Futuremind, using his knowledge of learning psychology and its impact on pedagogy, he has conducted detailed evaluations of personal and professional practice in over 160 of the country’s best schools. This work also incorporates the therapeutic dimensions that more deeply inform teacher practice and pupil readiness for learning. His carefully researched and evidence-based workshops focusing on how learning environments can be optimised, are based on a detailed understanding of the developing mind and the application of the most up-to-date evaluation and assessment methodologies including the relevant neuroscience.