Dr Mike O’Neill

Dr Mike O’Neill

A Teaching and Learning expert and best-selling author, Mike has a considerable track record of success with his work in schools across the nation.

Mike specialises in physics and maths, and has taught GCSE and A Level students for many years. With teaching and consulting experience across every key stage of education, Mike has first-hand experience of what works at every level of the modern classroom.

In his work in schools over the past 18 years, Mike has focused on a number of key areas including AfL, differentiation and the use of metacognitive strategies to develop the most able pupils. Driven by his belief that ‘teachers make the difference, not just a difference’, Mike is determined to provide teachers with the right pedagogical tools to ensure that students maximise their learning potential.

His training sessions are always highly interactive and steeped in cutting-edge classroom practice, with delegates being able to take back and instantly apply over 50 teaching strategies in their next lesson. His areas of expertise include:

  • Assessment
  • Differentiation
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Teaching and Learning

Published work

Mike is a prolific writer of interactive materials and revision guides. A brief selection includes:

Exploring Science: How Science Works, Year 8, co-author, 2008, Pearson

OCR A Level Physics A, 2016, Pearson

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9–1) Combined Science Revision Guide, 2017, Pearson


“Fantastic session! I came away with some new questioning ideas and Mike was very inspirational.”Conference Delegate

“Vibrant and informative. Lots of new, fresh ideas. Clear objectives and outcomes. Great activities and extremely engaging!”Conference Delegate

“Best session of the conference. Engaging, entertaining and packed with ideas to take back to the classroom.”Conference Delegate


Mike received the 2004 Guardian Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School award for the North East of England and Cumbria.