Martin Renton

Martin Renton

Deeply knowledgeable and highly respected learning specialist, Martin has vast experience as an educator, which has given him a unique insight into how people learn from the age of 2 through to adulthood.

Throughout his extensive career, Martin has been a teacher, Head of Humanities, Head of ICT, Special Needs co-ordinator and Secondary Strategy Manager, developing pedagogical approaches to support pupils’ independent learning. It is this varied insight that Martin brings to his training to challenge, inspire and engage his audiences.

Martin is a seasoned trainer for both Primary and Secondary settings. Thinking skills, Dialogue and Questioning are the core elements of his training. These aspects all appear in his work in Challenging Learning, Visible Learning, Creativity and Assessment for Learning. His keynote speeches focus on the need for the development of Attitudes, Skills and Knowledge (ASK) to make effective progress.

Martin is best known for his work with FE Colleges. His work in Ireland over the past 9 years in this area was recently highlighted by the Education Training Inspectorate (ETI) as a key factor in the development of outstanding strategic professional development in Northern Ireland. His areas of expertise include:

  • Assessment
  • Further Education
  • Leadership
  • SEND
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Whole-school Improvement

Published work

Challenging Learning Through Dialogue, co-author with James and Jill Nottingham, 2017, Corwin press


“Martin Renton has increased the enthusiasm of staff to look at their classroom practices. They are more open about asking for help, have become more reflective in their practice and have demanded more.”Head of Quality Improvement, N. Ireland

“Dynamic, helpful, and easy to talk to. Very good at facilitating discussion. Inspirational.”Helena Whittaker, Course Delegate

“Excellent! Really enjoyed the activities and excellent resources. I’ve learnt a lot about developing both my questioning skills and also how to help my colleagues improve theirs.”Ranjna Dudhia, Course Delegate