Tom Bennett was a teacher in the East End of London for thirteen years. In 2009 he was made a Teacher Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University. From 2008-2016 he wrote a weekly column for the TES and TES online, and is the author of five books on teacher-training, behaviour management and educational research, including the bestselling Running the Room- a teacher’s guide to behaviour management. In 2015 he was long-listed for the GEMS Global Teacher Prize, and in that year was named as one of the Huffington Post’s ‘Top Ten Global Educational Bloggers’
In 2013 he founded researchED, a grass-roots, teacher-led project that aims to make teachers research-literate and pseudo-science proof. Since then it has grown into an international community spanning six continents, annually holding events in thirteen countries. Tom is the editor of researchED magazine, available world-wide, and the editor of the acclaimed ‘researchED Guide To…’ series of books.
In 2015 he was appointed as School Behaviour Advisor to the DfE by the secretary of state for education. In March 2017, Tom wrote Creating a Culture, an independent review of behaviour in leadership of UK schools. In 2017 he chaired the Mental Health in Schools panel for the DfE. He currently leads the DfE’s Behaviour Hubs project, a £10 million program designed to reboot behaviour skills in disadvantaged schools throughout the UK.
He coaches teachers and schools around the world in all aspects of behaviour management and research integration, and regularly appears in national and international press and media.
In 2022 he was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in recognition of his work in education, particularly improving behaviour and advancing the use of evidence in teaching.