Thereafter he taught in an independent school and, along with a colleague, started writing educational textbooks. This led to a series of over twenty titles, many of which are now standard texts used in secondary schools throughout Scotland. He has also run workshops for teachers and regularly produces educational resources for the BBC.
In retirement he has again taken up his academic research, resulting in the publication of â€˜Opening Schools and Closing Prisonsâ€™ in the Routledge Modern History Series.
He has a keen interest in classic cars and vintage toys and has published numerous magazine articles and books on these subjects.