Richard Daniel Curtis is an internationally renowned behaviour expert and futurist passionate about helping millions understand mindset and psychology.
He is an enthralling keynote speaker and conference chair, speaking on topics such as mental health, diversity, HR, equality, apprenticeships, plus much more (view his showreel below).
The former teacher is known for his impact with turning round some of the most extreme behaviours and is consulted about adults and children around the globe.
His work with children alone is said to have personally influenced the lives of over half a million and works to help people understand and communicate better with each other.
Richard is passionate about preparing people for the future, often being asked to talk about things that can be done today to ensure the human race is prepared for the challenges it faces in the next generation.
He has appeared on TV, radio and in newspapers talking about international news stories and is an experienced and entertaining speaker.
He has founded The Mentoring School, a professional development training team to help people supporting children, young people, young adults, refugees, apprentices, sports coaches, business leaders and more. Richard is also the founder of multi-award winning special needs support service The Root Of It.
Author of The Curtis Scale, a tool to assess the social and emotional development of children, Richard’s work has had an impact in 5 continents. He has written 9 books, including Gratitude at Home, Gratitude in Primary Schools, Gratitude in Secondary Schools and Higher Education, The Parent’s Guide to the Modern World, The Young Person’s Guide to the Modern World, 101 Tips for Parents, 101 More Tips for Parents and 101 Behaviour Tips for Parents; he has also co-authored Boosting Positive Mental Health in Teens with children’s life coach Naomi Richards.
Richard lives in Southampton with his girlfriend, their newborn son and his pet chickens (rescued battery hens obviously).
Richard’s professional CV includes:
1999-2002 Mental Health Support Worker in in-patient adult and child units
2000-2003 BA (Hons) Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status (Sheffield Hallam)
2003-2010 Teacher, rising to lead of Pupil Referral Unit
2010-2013 Primary Inclusion Adviser for a local authority
2012-13 worked with the Nurture Group Network to produce the Boxall-Curtis Profile
2013- Founder of The Root Of It – special needs support
2013-14 MA Education (Edge Hill)
2014 The Root Of It awarded Best New Business Award
2014 Publication of 101 Tips for Parents, 101 More Tips for Parents and 101 Behaviour Tips for Parents
2012-16 Author of the Social, Emotional and Play Development Scale (known as the Curtis Scale)
2015 The Root Of It awarded Gold Scoot Headline Award
2016 Author of Gratitude in Primary Schools, Gratitude in Secondary Schools and Higher Education, Gratitude at Home
2016 Launch of The Mentoring School
2016 Invited to become a HuffPost Blogger
2017 The Mentoring School awarded Best EISC Erasmus Host of the Year and Silver Award for Support to the Apprenticeship Sector
2017 Author of The Parent’s Guide to the Modern World and The Young Person’s Guide to the Modern World