Mentoring Skills

Raymond is experienced in the field of mentoring, particularly for Induction Year teachers. His area of expertise is interpersonal skills, using a variety of strategies to develop better relationships.

He has also helped whole schools develop self and peer evaluation schemes using mentoring techniques.

Very interested in Raymond's learning styles through conversation: will be trying that out!

This was a good course that helped to crystallise my own thoughts [on peer observation] and helped provide research driven ideas that corroborated my own experiences.”

This INSET training got everyone involved. It was well delivered and had a very positive response from all staff I was talking to about it. Gold star!

Professional Associations


National Association of Teachers of English
(NATE): member of Initial Teacher Education committee.


National Association of Writers in Education


University and College Union


General Teaching Council for Scotland


Behaviour Management

An accredited Assertive Discipline Leader with Geoff Moss's Behaviour and Learning Management consultancy, Raymond has helped schools from Shetland to Leeds develop whole school behaviour management systems.

He has delivered many CPD courses to serving teachers, and has been Principles lecturer in Behaviour Management in the University of Strathclyde PGDE (S) course for five years, achieving the highest evaluations of any input.

He led the Theory and Practice of Behaviour Management elective for secondary postgraduates.

Very compelling speaker; inspiring; I enjoyed this session very much. [I will use] much more positive reinforcement in the classroom.”

He has been contracted by SAGE publications to write a book on behaviour management aimed at early career professionals.

Creative Writing

Raymond has probably delivered more creative writing CPD to serving teachers than anyone since 2001. His training sessions are heavily practice based, and concentrate on the primacy of stimulus and motivating children to write. He has many years experience of creative writing workshops with school and adult groups, and is a renowned performer of his work.

This was an awesome session – stimulating, innovative and fun

An excellent seminar. Lots of really useful ideas for classes, but more importantly it helped me write different kinds of things. Superb.”

Inspirational! I'm going to do lots more writing. I love how you spoke about Reading for Enjoyment and linked it to Writing for Enjoyment – such an important point!

He has developed two resources for Education Scotland to support writing in the new National Qualifications framework, in Persuasive and Imaginative writing.

Persuasive Writing support materials
Creative Writing support materials


Raymond has delivered in-service on a number of areas of the curriculum and management issues. His experience of writing The Cone-gatherers has informed several courses, and he has developed innovative strategies for responding to literature in the upper stages, his techniques having been adopted in many schools. He has taught on Chartered teacher modules, particularly in the area of self-evaluation and professionalism.

His research interests include: the relationship between students, schools and Initial Teacher Education establishments; the development of teacher professionalism; and the development of creative writing in the classroom. He has also contributed to a major study into the attitudes of young people not in education, employment or training.