An Honours graduate in English Literature and Philosophy and a Master’s graduate in Education, Raymond spent 18 years in Scottish secondary schools as a teacher of English, Head of Department and Senior Manager. In 2001, he joined the University of Strathclyde, working in one of the largest Initial Teacher Education courses in Europe: he has lost count of the hundreds of English teachers in Scotland he has trained, and the thousands of teachers of all subjects and levels he has introduced to the theories underpinning effective behaviour management.
Raymond is still hugely passionate about his subject and is the National Coordinator for the Scottish Association for the Teaching of English (SATE), Scotland’s branch of NATE. He is External Examiner for Roehampton University’s PGCE programme and is engaged in research into English teachers’ attitudes to the curriculum in England and Scotland. He is also about to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Philosophy with Children, and hopes to find the time to explore at doctorate level the intersectionality of Philosophical Inquiry and Text World Theory. He has been a regular contributor at national conferences, including NATE, TEAN and SERA.
Raymond is currently wrestling with an academic textbook he hopes to finish in the next year or so that examines the links between learning theories and behaviour management. In the Pivotal approach, he feels he has found a practical system that reflects his core beliefs about the relationships between teachers and young people.
Raymond has also been a successful author in his time. His first short story collection, Occasional Demons, was short listed for the Saltire First Book Award, and the film of his first screenplay, The Practicality of Magnolia, won two BAFTA New Talent awards and a screenwriting nomination. He has also won Robert Louis Stevenson and Scottish Arts Council awards, has been regularly published in literary magazines and anthologies and has had work broadcast on Radio 4.
He is a keen hillwalker with a passion for books, theatre, poetry (both written and live) and all kinds of music.