Dave Gilkerson first began working in primary and secondary schools in 2000 supporting children with severe behavioural difficulties as a behaviour coach. From here he went on to establish the ACE (Alternative Curriculum Education) programme for Key Stage 3 students in a few secondary schools in Nottingham and then a wider ICE (Inclusive Curriculum Education) programme that covered both KS3 and KS4. From 2003 alongside teaching Design and Technology at a large secondary school in Nottingham, he managed the vocational curriculum and a staff team that delivered the inclusive curriculum.
After an outstanding Ofsted report in 2006 he was seconded to the Local Authority part time to help other Nottingham city schools develop their curriculum and was part of the 14-19 team that oversaw the quality of alternative provision across the city. A move to Big Wood School in Nottingham meant that he was able to further develop an inclusive curriculum that served the needs of all learners and lead on working with students who were at risk of exclusion as well as continue his work across the city with the LA.
In 2013 as part of the Outstanding Teacher Programme Dave was asked to lead across the school in teaching and learning and had a particular focus as a SLE in Behaviour for Learning. In January 2014 Dave joined TLG as the Head of Teaching and Learning where he has responsibility for the educational standards of all of the 14 schools that TLG run nationally for students who are at risk/ have been excluded from mainstream school. He is also the Executive Head of TLG’s Bradford school and works a few days a week in Bradford at TLG’s headquarters Hope Park.
Over the last four years Dave has delivered training to a wide range of primary and secondary staff across the country as well as to those working in the Alternative Provision sector. These sessions have covered a whole range of teaching and learning strategies as well as specific sessions on Behaviour for Learning.
Dave lives in Nottingham with his wife and 3 children and is passionate about seeing children and young people make the most of their lives, and helping those that work with them be their best.
Some quotes from those that have worked with Dave….
“The best training ever!” – Trainee –Bradford 2016
“Really very helpful and insightful training” SCITT Trainee - Bradford 2015
“He’s alright I suppose” – Dave’s wife (regularly)
“He’s like an ugly version of Matt Damon” – Pupil - Nottingham 2013
Dave delivers on the behaviour programme