David Leat is Professor of Curriculum Innovation at Newcastle University. His career has included classroom geography teaching, teacher training and working for the Department for Education in the Secondary Strategy on secondment. His research interests started with thinking skills and developed to embrace Learning2Learn, metacognition, formative assessment, widening participation, teacher coaching and professional learning more widely. He was Executive Director of the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching at Newcastle for 12 years.
His current projects revolve around Enquiry/Project Based Learning and Community Curriculum Making in collaboration with the North East LEP, the Great North Museum and Open Lab (a digital technology research centre at Newcastle University). David lives locally, his daughters were educated in Trust schools and his personal interests include bird ringing, forestry and distance running.