D Clare read Modern History at Oxford University,
graduating in 1974. He
has a Post-graduate Certificate in Specific Learning Difficulties.
He started his teaching career in a Special Centre for children
with brain damage in an inner city teaching unit, but went as Head of
History in 1979 to Greenfield School, County Durham, where he
Deputy Headteacher (Raising Achievement).
in Teaching History as 'the best
teacher out', he prefers the report from a previous Ofsted inspection - 'a
mixture of Jesus Christ, Laurence Olivier and Genghis Khan'.
is the author of more than
70 history textbooks, learning packs and children's history
books, which have been published in 19 countries and 17 different
languages. He has also
co-authored a children's bible.
John D Clare retired from Greenfield in 2010, but continues
to maintain his website, and to contribute to the
History Help forum, of which he is a moderator. He is an elected Councillor and Deputy Leader of Great Aycliffe Town Council. He
is married, with three grown up children and eight grandchildren.