Over the last ten years, Mark Burns FLPI has developed a proven track record in developing teaching and leadership in education. He’s co-authored three best-selling books in this field.  More recently, he has worked with FTSE100 retailer and third sector organisations, to develop the quality and impact of their learning and development programmes.

Through his work, he has developed a deep understanding of learning design and how to overcome the barriers to learning in organisations. He is passionate about supporting the development of performance through effective learning. Hence his company’s name, Plus One Learning.

Mark is married and has two daughters in secondary school and is passionate about creating school environments where they’d thrive and grow, regardless of whether they are pupils, teachers or leaders.


Mark works extensively with school leaders and teachers at all levels to identify the barriers to developing 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 across numerous countries and systems.

Before venturing out into the world of writing and leading learning, Mark taught full-time for twelve years.  He was also a governor at a primary school for seven years.


Mark’s work with Mile Cross Primary School over several years was recognised when he was announced as a finalist in the prestigious CIPD People Management Awards 2018 for Best Learning & Development initiative in Public/Third Sector.

Mark’s track record in learning has been recognised with the award of Fellowship of the Learning Performance Institute.





His work with Accrington Academy designing and facilitating a programme entitled, ‘The Uncertainty Principle’ won the CPD category in the Teach Secondary Awards 2020.

The programme also won Gold award at the prestigious Learning Performance Institute Learning Awards 2021 in the category, People Development Programme of the Year – Public Sector.

Mark has been awarded the status of ‘Certified Online Learning Facilitator’ for high quality and efficiency in the delivery of online learning facilitation. Certification from the Learning and Performance Institute represents an assurance to raise standards in the learning and development sector.


Business Book Awards 2019

Mark has co-written:-

Contributed articles to SecEd, Headteacher Update, ‘Teach Secondary‘ and Teach Primary’

Regularly writes blogs and articles for Training Zone, PsychReg and others.

To discuss how I might work with you either to deliver keynote, lead one day professional learning or design and facilitate a bespoke, longer term programme, please contact him via mark@learningimperative.co.uk

His website is www.mark-burns.co.uk.

He’s on Twitter at @Learnimperative



‘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