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Mike Hughes

Mike Hughes is a well-known and highly acclaimed education trainer/author.

A former secondary head he is currently working freelance and over a period of many years has developed a deserved reputation as an inspirational and innovative trainer/facilitator and is widely regarded as a leader in the field of learning.

Mike has been conducting workshops over a number of years for teachers and school leaders on behalf of NAPD.  He also made a keynote presentation at NAPD's 2013 Annual Conference.

He is best known as the author of hugely influential books such as And The Main Thing…is Learning, Tweak to Transform and Closing the Learning Gap. His latest publication 'The Magenta Principles' is now available. There are also three Magenta Principles Posters available in different sizes.

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List of Publications:

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First and foremost Mike Hughes is a teacher having taught in secondary for 18 years, most recently as a secondary Head. Indeed, anyone who has read his books or attended one of training sessions can immediately see that he has spent a considerable amount of time in the classroom. Not surprisingly, he has a widespread reputation for being both practical and realistic.

In addition to teaching, Mike has also found time to:

  • Work in an advisory capacity for Gloucestershire LEA (teaching and learning)
  • Facilitate on the New Visions programme for recently appointed headteachers
  • Work as an NPQH trainer
  • Be a PGCE course leader
  • Train as an Ofsted inspector
  • Write an extensive range of educational publications and resources
  • Provide training and support to a huge number of teachers and schools both in the UK and abroad

Mike’s work is hugely varied and tailored to fit the needs of the individual school / teacher. Anyone considering working with Mike is invited to contact him to discuss their requirements and explore possibilities.

To give you a flavor of his work…


He works predominantly in three inter-related areas:

  • Teaching and learning
  • Leadership development and leadership for learning
  • Coaching


Anything from 1 to 500+, For example, whole staff groups clusters and networks teaching and learning working groups coaches senior leadership teams middle leaders individual teachers NQT conferences Headteacher organizations.


The possibilities are endless: keynote address staff training day twilight inset a programme of on-going support. Some schools invite Mike to run an inset day while others have worked with him for a number of years.


To visit Mike Hughes' website please click HERE


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