Exposure to the effects of deprivation on learning led Mark to embark on a mission to create better opportunities for children from all backgrounds to achieve their full potential through education. Mark’s passion is that all children in schools receive the world-class education that we would want for our own children.

Today, Mark works with teachers and leaders in schools across the UK who are immersed in the day-to-day of teaching and learning. People who are often frustrated by the lack of time or space to adapt and change to do things better.

Through delivering, and helping to lead and develop the Outstanding Teaching Intervention programme he has helped transform the practices of thousands of teachers. The impact of this has been noted by numerous Ofsted reports as contributing to the improved performance of these schools.


Mark has worked extensively delivering and coaching on the TES Training Award shortlisted Outstanding Teaching Intervention in schools nationwide.

Mark’s training programme,  The Uncertainty Principle with a Liverpool Secondary school  was also shortlisted for the prestigious 2010 TES Awards. The programme aimed to equip staff with tools and strategies to deal with the on-going change that life and upheaval inevitably bring.

His first book Outstanding Teaching: Engaging Learners was shortlisted for the ERA Awards 2013.


Mark works extensively with school leaders at all levels to identify the barriers to levelling up the quality of teaching and practical strategies to overcome them.  He draws on his vast experience of working intensively with primary and secondary teachers nationwide.

He leads training on a day-to-day basis in primary, secondary schools and colleges on teaching and learning.  He regularly delivers keynotes at national events such as the Osiris ‘Outstanding Teaching‘ Conferences alongside speakers such as Sir John Jones, Mick Waters, and John Hattie.  Mark also delivers a range of popular one day CPD courses for Osiris Educational

Mark leads inspiring and thought-provoking one day INSET, and longer term bespoke training programmes.

Before venturing out into the world of writing and training, Mark taught full-time for twelve years.  He is also a governor at the primary school his daughters attend.


Mark co-wrote:-

He has contributed several articles for Business Review’ magazine published by Phillip Allan.

Contributed articles to both ‘Teach Secondary‘ and ‘Teach Primary’

Regular contributor the Osiris ‘Staffroom’ magazine

To discuss how Mark may work with you either to deliver keynote, lead one day training or to develop a bespoke training programme, please contact us.


‘Mark’s enthusiastic and infectiously positive approach to teaching pedagogy made the day both fully engaging and truly inspiring.   Both teaching and support staff found the practical day to challenge them both in terms of learning development theory and classroom practice, particularly because of Mark’s own classroom experience.’

Andrew Carr, Deputy Head
Wyvern College, Hampshire

‘We worked with MALIT over a period of twelve months following our Ofsted inspection in April 2013, when teaching was judged inadequate. The bespoke programme of support delivered by Mark Burns focused on fundamental issues such as pace, challenge and engagement and resulted in a significant improvement in the quality of teaching, from 28% in June 2013 to 75% in June 2014. The impact of the MALIT support programme on the quality of teaching was recognised by Ofsted in our Section 8 monitoring inspections. At the same time pupils’ achievement also improved and in 2014 we were ranked the second most improved school in Lancashire.’

David Hubbard, Headteacher
Corpus Christi Catholic High School, Preston

‘In our busy lives as teachers it is often hard to find the time to really critically reflect upon the teaching and learning that is going on in our classrooms.  This course allowed me to do this.  It also made me think about the motivational factors that drive children to learn and how these help children to progress both academically and socially.  I feel that the course has not only helped me to become a better teacher but also helped me to help my class become better learners!’

Year 1 teacher
Isleworth Town Primary School, Hounslow