About Me

David Mitchell is a former Headteacher of two schools and now an Educational Consultant working across the UK and beyond. He’s better known to most people as @DeputyMitchell as Twitter is where he spends much of his time if not in school or not on blogs!

David introduced blogging to Heathfield Primary School in December 2009 and from that time, Heathfield saw a vast amount of interest from the media but more importantly other schools who were looking for a new tool to engage their learners. Heathfield featured live on BBC1, you can watch the footage below:

David has been lucky enough to have been presented with some awards from the work he has done with blogging with pupils. In November 2010 Heathfield Primary School received the Toshiba ICT Redesign Award through the SSAT, that same month, David was awarded a Microsoft Innovative Teacher Award and in March 2011 he was thrilled to have been awarded the NAACE ICT Impact Award in Primary Education. QuadBlogging also won the NAACE Global Partnership Award in 2013.

In May 2011, Tony Parkin wrote a wonderful article about David’s work and this was featured in the ‘Innovators’ section of Merlin John’s Website, you can read the article here.

The Year 6 blog David led received 1,000,000 hits in 12 months, giving his pupils a truly global audience, which for a one form entry Primary School, was just brilliant.

Now working as a Freelance Education Consultant, David’s mission is to now spread the power of an audience on pupils to teachers everywhere. It is projects like this that have enthused and engaged learners at schools that he supports. SATs levels in writing shot from 9% Level 5 in July 2009 to 60% Level 5 in July 2010 in which blogs played a huge part in engaging and enthusing the pupils allowing them to write to an international audience each night.

Along with keynoting conferences, the bulk of his work is IN schools teaching pupils and teachers all about how blogging can have impact on writing standards.

You can find out more about the work he does with groups of schools HERE!

You can find out more about the work he does with individual schools HERE including BBC press coverage and other press coverage.

If you are interested in working with David, please either use the contact form HERE or email him on mailto:DeputyMitchell@me.com

29 Replies to “About Me”

  1. Hi David,

    I recently signed up for quadblogging (#83) and am the co-ordinating teacher. One of our blogging classes had to back out so we are down to three. It would be great if you would be able to assign us another class in the 11-13 year old range to blog with. I would prefer if they were outside the U.S. and Canada, but if that’s not possible that’s okay.

    Thanks so much,

    Rob Heinrichs

  2. We are one of the schools in Quad 88, and are so excited to be blogging along with other schools! I have been blogging for over eight years, and four years in the classroom. The level of engagement and authentic learning is amazing. I don’t have to make my kids write, they do it every day and every evening through blogs : o )

  3. I am interested in quad blogging with one of my classes 12 to 13yr olds. I have set a class blog up using, would this blog site be ok to use? Can’t wait it sounds amazing!!!!

  4. Hi David,

    What an amazing concept you have going here? I have just started blogging with my children and have signed up to join a quad blog. My students are very excited about the prospects that blogging can bring to the classroom.

    Are the quad blogs still open to join?


    Arron Gardiner

  5. Hi David,

    I have just been appointed ICT subject coordinator and am keen to get my new class blogging. I teach year 3s, is this too young? Any information about setting up a blog in order to join your quad blogs, would be greatly appreciated.

    Best wishes,

    Lesley Roche

  6. I would like to get involved in quadblogging. I teach grades 6-8 in a Catholic school in Indiana. How do I get assigned to a quad?
    Thanks for any information,
    Jenny McNulty

  7. Could/do you link second language classes together? I will be teaching French as a second language to students age 12 and up. Would be great to start with written blogs and then record videos to share. Perhaps one or two of the classes could be French first language students who could help/mentor the other classes. Or is there another website that already does this?
    Thanks, Chris

  8. Hi David, our AS/A2 geographers would like to consider joining quad blogging but wondered if you are likely to have any partners for us to join up with at this level?
    Sandra McManus

  9. Hello! We’re interested here in Florida! Our students are older than many I’m seeing on your site: ninth graders, around 15 years old. Do you ever match up students of this age with kids across the globe? Terrific idea–thank you!

    1. Hi, yes, in fact I have a few classes around the age you are looking at waiting for a complete quad. Please sign up and I’ll complete the quad for you.


  10. Hi David. I just found your site…been searching for a few days in a desperate attempt to get my Grade 5 bloggers a fresh audience. I signed up, and I know it’s late for the September – December…just hoping to maybe fill any openings that might pop up.

  11. Hi David,
    Our school in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire is relatively new to the blogging scene. I have run a mahs blog for about 18 months (primarymaths.wordpress.com) but have been using blogging in the classroom for only about 2 weeks. The children love it and are posting every day. I have just heard of quadblogging and my class of year 4 and my colleagues class of year 5 are interested in getting involved. What do we need to do?

  12. Hi David,
    I was just wondering if you are going to be doing another round of quadblogging for the new year and if so, when would the registration be? I was too late in my application for this term’s project and I’m really keen to do this with my class!
    Many thanks,

  13. Hi David

    I recently applied for the next lot of quadblogging rounds, however our blog will only be set up in the next two weeks. My y4 class and I will be trialling it before the whole starts blogging.

    Shall I send in a second application once our URL/web address is up and running? I don’t want to miss out on these lot of rounds as I am eager to get it all going in Jan.

    Many thanks,

  14. Hi There
    Can you tell me – how this would or would not affect student privacy? Do you need parent permission? If videos of their children are on the web do you require parents permission? We have a number of Grades very keen to sign up from China…would be grateful for any guidance before we commit.

  15. Hi David,
    I’ve signed up for quadblogging for Year 6 at Layton Primary School for 30 children. We are a three form entry school and so if possible would like to sign up for 90 Year 6 children. No problem if not.
    Many thanks,

    1. Hi Claire,

      Thanks for signing up! If you could sign up each class individually, this would mean each class would be in a different Quad.


  16. Hi David,
    I’m the coordinator of Quad 86 and have just heard back from Lorna Ockwell who is part of our quad. Sounds like there has been a little mix up as she is also a coordinator of Quad 78

    Shall we go ahead with the three of us or is there someone else waiting in the wings?
    (Am keen to adopt Argo Floats with this quad)

    Kind regards

    1. Me again- Lorna has been back in touch and is keen to work with us after all. Yay! Makes things easier for organising.
      Kind regards

  17. Hi David
    Thank you so much for this wonderful service. I am a bit late to the party this round because I just found about quadblogging. I would love to get my US high school history class going with quadblogging – is there any chance of getting connected over the coming weeks, or would we have needed to throw our hat in earlier? Thanks so much!

      1. Thanks so much Mitchell! Perhaps the form didn’t go through the first time, so I just filled it out again. We are very much looking forward to getting connected to Quadblogging! Thanks again,


  18. Hi David,
    Sorry about this but I am in two quads (8 and 25). Can I just be placed in one? I must have registered under a different email too because at one point, my email wasn’t working.


  19. Hi David
    Have the quads been assigned for the fall? I filled out the form back in June, and really want to have my class participate. Thank you!
    David Kojan

  20. Hi David,
    Is this site still active? I just discovered it and its just what I would like to get involved – but the projects and comments are 2 – 3 years old. Please advise.


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