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.

FGI Publishing

I run a publishing company, FGI Publishing, which publishes cutting-edge fiction and non-fiction, including my own study guides and Roger Titcombe’s forthcoming Learning Matters. If you are interested in submitting a proposal or want to know more, please look here or email


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 personal email is, while email for FGI Publishing 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.