Clive Davies OBE

Clive Davies OBE


Clive has vast experience in primary education spanning 40 years, having inspected over 200 schools and serving as a head teacher, Ofsted inspector, Local Authority adviser, trainer and consultant. During his headship years, his school gained a National Curriculum award and was featured in the Times Educational Supplement, one of three schools recognised for their quality practice.

Awarded an OBE for Services to Education in 2009, he is one of the founding directors of Focus Education, set up over 20 years ago. He still works with schools on an advisory basis, and is a highly sought after key note speaker at conferences both nationally and internationally. He is also the author of over 60 publications including the bestselling ‘Raising Standards by Setting Targets’ which over half of the primary schools in England bought.

Clive has an enhanced DBS disclosure.
+ Reviews

"What a fantastic day! It was just what we all needed. We all really appreciate everything you do for our school. I think I speak for everyone when I say it’s the best CPD we’ve ever had and we continue to get so much out of it because you work with us regularly and know us so well." - St Matthews


“It was a pleasure to listen to Clive. He was interesting, relevant and had a sense of humour. An excellent morning. Thank You ” - Hempstalls Primary School


“Clive delivered the training in a way that made staff feel comfortable and able to ask questions.” - Forest View Primary School


“Clive was extremely professional in this conduct and manner. Extremely knowledge with a vast range of experience on a wide range of educational and also non-educational matters.” - Roe Lee Park Primary


“We really value Clive's input to school. This support helped us achieve Outstanding.” - St Michaels


“Clive is the complete professional. Listened to the schools needs and tailored CPD to meet these needs and training was clear and enjoyable. Very worthwhile. Clive felt like 'one of the team'. Engaging positive, supportive and very informative.” - St Lukes


“Our school is transformed! Thank you so much for the training you delivered last half term. Already the children, staff and parents are engaged and enthused by their new themes and the learning that has already taken place in 3 days is phenomenal. We have them hooked!” - Adswood Primary


"Thank you for inspiring me when you delivered your session. I have renewed enthusiasm for what we can achieve in our small school for our children - thank you." - Street Lane Primary School


"A true professional, excellent subject knowledge and able to convey the information in a meaningful way. Approachable, brilliant communicator and educationalist."  - Hadfield Infant School


"Clive is always very professional and exceeds the high expectations we have for people we work with. He is very knowledgeable, up-to-date with recent research and policy and in his approach and advice. He is always well prepared, organised, adaptable and punctual. Clive is calm, warm, approachable and very easy to work with. He is flexible and meets our changing needs well. He has been empathic, understanding and encouraging. He balances his positive approach with the right amount of challenge."  - Chapel Street Primary


"Clive is a fabulous consultant. He is very easy to talk to."  - School of the Resurrection


"I just wanted to say a big thank you on behalf of our schools for today. The day was very successful and staff were incredibly positive about your input and the work that they did this afternoon. " - Mapperley CofE Primary School


“We have received excellent feedback from your presentation.” - Nottinghamshire Governors Input


"Our staff found Clives presentation very interesting. Clive explained all of the data so clearly and his experience and knowledge really helped with the discussion about our data." - St Vincents Primary School


"The training was fantastic! Everyone is still talking about it! Thank you so much for such an inspirational day and allowing us to start the school year in such a positive way." - St Matthews Blackburn Primary School


"It is always a delight to have Clive in school. It's a treat we all look forward to!" - Shadsworth Junior School


"Outstanding! Very positive feedback from all!" - Rotherham School Improvement Service


"Clive has become a valued member of our wider team due to him personable nature and immense knowledge. Clive is always happy to offer support and guidance even on subjects that weren’t on our agenda." - Woodland Primary School


"Clive is very knowledgeable. He knows his stuff and knows how to bring other people on board. His involvement has left our staff feeling energised and excited about September. We are so happy with Clive’s work and involvement that we have booked future days." - Chapel Street Primary School


"I just wanted to say thank you so much for your fabulous contribution to our INSET day. It was an absolute privilege to have you as part of it and I have received many comments today about what a great day it was and the quality of your keynote. Your input to our lunchtime discussion was also invaluable." - Flying High Partnership


“My staff were buzzing after you'd left Clive, thank you SO much for today.  We already use big questions and enquiry based learning and this takes our good practice to the next level!!! It was very useful and we'll get cracking on it straight away!! It's always a pleasure to hear your pearls of wisdom!!! Thank you thank you!!” - St John's CE Primary Academy


“Thank you for delivering an inspiring day at Ashbrook Junior School today - it was very useful. Thank you once again” - Harper Hill Primary School


“Our school is transformed! Thank you so much for the training you delivered last half term. Already the children, staff and parents are engaged and enthused by their new themes and the learning that has already taken place in 3 days is phenomenal. We have them hooked!” - Adswood Primary


“Clive has a great deal of knowledge and understanding of educational leadership which was very useful in discussions. Clive was very easy to talk to and discuss point with. He had a very engaging and good natured style which suited the session well.” - Deeplish Primary Academy


“I just wanted to email you to say a huge thank you to you. We got our SATS results today and have achieved 92% at expected standard in Maths and 37% achieved a high score. I feel that it is in no small part down to the Focus Maths Curriculum. We only achieved 69% at expected last year and only 10% with a high score. Not only are our Y6 results vastly improved but this pattern continues throughout school. Many thanks once again, both for a well written and easy to follow curriculum which matches the curriculum expectations so clearly, but also for your visit to school.” - Wood Fold Primary School


“Very professional, knowledgeable and made the mastery maths make sense. Excellent. I heard Clive speak before and wanted Clive for the whole staff as his ability to give clarity for an area of teaching that requires a shift in thinking is excellent.” - Meadow View Primary School


“Clive is great, he’s really good. All was good, he always is. Very helpful and useful.” - Elmwood Primary


“Excellent! Clive was very personable, interacting with all staff and children throughout the school. Clive was very well prepared and had a clear understanding of what our expectations for the day were. He particularly impressed out Chair of Governors with how much information he had gathered and evaluated in one day.” - Oatlands Junior School


“Liked everything! so clear and inspiring. Thank you, fabulous day.” - St Josephs Catholic Primary School


“As always Clive was exceptionally professional. He had a clear idea of how to structure the day to get the most out of it for school. Very knowledgeable. Provide clear strengths and areas of development. Easy to discuss things with. Gave clear advice with examples. Put stuff at ease.” - Wood Fold Primary School


“Very professional and well informed on the subject delivered.  Very accommodating. Appropriate use of humour to aid delivery and keep audience engaged.” - Bankfields Primary School


“Clive was a great trainer. He arrived in good time, was very well prepared and resourced. His presentations were all inspiring and staff here gave very positive feedback about the day. He has a wealth of experience to share." - St Anselms Catholic Primary School


“I can't thank you enough Clive for the support and ideas you've given us and me personally as a new Head. It has definitely had a huge impact on the outcome of the inspection.” - Holy Family Catholic School