Incisive, informed and pragmatic CPD
from a respected colleague.
Astute, perceptive and creative
approaches applied with finesse.
Questions and practical advice
crafted with warmth.

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I believe there's a rich vein of untapped wisdom waiting to be harnessed, when we listen, closely, to those actually "doing the job".  This natural respect for professionals and practitioners, in situ, drew me to work alongside and with individuals, teams and in organisations across all sectors of public life.  So, my work is about developing a culture of success and professional interdependence based on self-belief, self-evaluation and positive action. It's a process solution. It's well researched. It works!

I have worked successfully in and across Education, Business and Community. I'm increasingly keen to work with those who want to "Look at what we do with a view to doing it better".

I began teaching English in 1970, working through to senior leader, headteacher, advisor, Ofsted Inspector and Deputy Chief Inspector for Nottinghamshire LEA.  Going Freelance in 1998 led to Advanced School Improvement work in: Special Measures Schools; Executive Headships; National College (NCTL) roles including: Lead Facilitator & Consultant Leader.  I was Regional Curriculum Adviser for the DfE and have led numerous Training and Consultancy contracts around the UK and abroad.  I've recently become Chair of Governors at my grandchildren's Ripley Infants School and love it!

Owning and running businesses in: Consultancy; Publishing; Restoration, Blacksmithing and Sculpture and informed my training and mentoring of over 1,500 start-up consultancies and businesses around the UK. I've published two books: "The Evaluation of Pastoral Care & PSHE" and a poetry book "Desire Lines"  I've authored materials and articles on a range of subjects about evaluation, planning and leadership.  Some can be found in MATERIALS (see the top bar).  I launched a new model for "Consensual Leadership" At a #WomenEd Conference - see article in SecEd Magazine June 2018 

I am perhaps most proud of The iAbacus because it captures so much of what I know makes people and organisations successful.

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Woman using iAbacus

 The iAbacus and my recent partnership with Dan O'Brien is the logical culmination of all I've worked on.  We created a sophisticated software version of my iAbacus Model  in 2012.  It was BETT Finalist in 2014 as is now operational in schools across the 4 UK countries and in many other countries around the world.

The iAbacus is unique because it starts with (guess what?) the individual and team, perceptions of the professionals doing the job!  

W atch this  60 second video here or read these testimonials

The very best way to understand iAbacus is to take a FREE TRIAL


Let's collaborate

I love meeting, corresponding and working with people with a passion to make a positive difference. 

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Wider interests....


KES April 2018

I'm a proud Chair of the charity Kenyan Education Support KES, it's great to provide scholarships to gifted, disadvantaged Kenyan youngsters who would otherwise have little, or no, education.  Our 100 scholars, many now at University, are already making a positive difference to our world.  A finer life-balance has involved a growing family, writing, blacksmithing, Rotary International and climbing high mountains, preferably covered in snow.

For more detail download John Pearce CV


Put simply, he is an inspiration. Always an innovator, John's work is the product of deep thinking and is anchored in what he knows motivates people. I have so often seen the long lasting impact when he works with groups and individuals alike. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending him without reservation

Philip Holmes, Director, BCEM Ltd

He is wise and he wants you to be wise too. It sounds dramatic but he changed my life by helping me regain the courage and self-belief which had been temporarily been taken from me.

Secondary Head Teacher (wishes to remain anonymous)

Your role is vital - you are the trusted face and the professional glue. Don't underestimate the effect of how you model professional conduct and integrity. You do walk the talk and ask the tough questions of everyone, including yourself.

Mike West Inspector of Special Measures School

I was at your session – you were incredibly inspiring – so much that it somewhat ‘changed my life’. So I guess it’s a big thank you to you for being one of those realistic, down to earth and interesting guys that education seems to lack these days!

Stuart Spendlow Teacher

I heard John speak – he was witty, articulate knowledgeable and inclusive. He was a big hit - thought provoking while remaining respectful of the experience of his audience. John will stretch you and make you think about things more deeply than you may have before. Not only that, he's a thorough good man!

Mark Grant Business & Leadership Coach.

He has a special way of bringing clarity and common sense to any task or challenge, which, combined with his wicked sense of humour endear him to colleagues at any level. He is demanding and authoritative but genuinely perceptive, supportive and caring.

Maggie Morland - Artist at Maggie Morland Arts

John is extraordinarily energetic and creative, with a capacity to pull together disparate ideas in a way that is readily accessible. He has been a pleasure to work with bringing warmth and profound sense of values and purpose into everything he has done with us

Kevin Ford Chief Executive FPM

I worked with John and he was fantastic, he really helped me realise my potential and believe in my new business venture. After working with him I feel clear about what I need to do next and how to do it. Really hope to work together again in the future.

Diane Stubbs Business Woman and winner of local “Dragon’s Den”

I've been privileged to work with John and have been impressed with his total engagement and commitment to his clients. John possesses that rare quality of truly respecting and valuing people. 'People Matter' to John Pearce and he ensures that their needs comes first.

Alan Wayment, Director, VISION

Of all the days I have delivered for the National College, the ones I have facilitated with John shine out like beacons in my memory. They are the ones from which I have learned and they are the ones from which the participants have continued to contact me, as a serving head to follow up issues which began as discussion on the day.

Jill Boyle Head teacher and National College Facilitator

The Consultants’ Oath - my ethics and values

The moral purpose & ethics driving my work.

Find out more...

The iAbacus – self-evaluation and improvement

The iAbacus created with Dan O'Brien -  Video