My writing

My books include the best-selling I’m a Teacher, Get Me Out of Here. I write extensively for the national press, and have appeared on TV and radio alongside everyone from Johnnie Walker to Russell Brand. I am well-known for being an honest and hard-hitting voice in the media.


I blog for The Local Schools Network, and for Mumsnet on Tales Behind The Classroom Door. I have also set up a number of educational blogs which can be found here. My YouTube channel contains videos I’ve made for my students. On Twitter, I’m wonderfrancis and my email is

My background

I studied at Sussex & Cambridge universities, before doing an MA in Creative Writing at the University Of East Anglia under Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain. Since then, I have taught in various state schools for over twenty years.