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Andrew Davis’s career includes eight years in primary schools, six at Cambridge University and over twenty at Durham University where he is a Research Fellow. He has worked for the Quality Assurance Agency as a Subject Specialist Reviewer and directed Argument Matters, a strand of the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth Durham summer school for four years. He is Assistant Editor of the Journal of Philosophy of Education and secretary of the Durham Branch of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain.

He contributes to Combined Social Sciences, Combined Arts, Education Studies, Primary PGCE, Secondary PGCE and MA.

Please check out link for current projects and publications:

A Critique of Pure Teaching Methods and the Case for Synthetic Phonics Video of the UCL/IOE 22nd November 2017 event

Andrew Davis was interviewed by Richard Marshall for for 3:16 Educational Assessment, Religious Pluralism, Synthetic Phonics and Other Educational Issues - 3:16

Blog Links

Are Faith Schools Indoctrinatory?

And 'Is Homework Detrimental to Children's Well-being?

Publication Information

To get a free download of "To read or not to read: decoding synthetic phonics" (published online December 13th 2013)

View launch of "To read or not to read: decoding synthetic phonics" (held January 29th 2014 at the Institute of Education, London University) at

Summary articles and selected media coverage of "To Read or not to Read..":

Don’t let reading wars hold back more able children - available

A Plague on the Fundamentalism of synthetic phonics- at

Brief clip from Radio 5 live coverage at

Interview - available at

News report about "To read or not to read" plus comments - at

Reading lessons: why synthetic phonics doesn't work

Research interests

  • Assessment
  • Philosophy and psychology of mathematical learning
  • Primary mathematics
  • Reading and phonics
  • Researching teaching methods


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Book review

Chapter in book

Conference Paper

Edited book

Journal Article