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- 23.11.17 Leicester

Clear explanation of what ‘depth’ in the curriculum ‘looks like’ and how it can be achieved.

The real-life examples and stories were a great help.

As always, a thought provoking, practical and relevant day which has given me so many things to go back and discuss with staff. My main focus will be to look at our curriculum maps and design.

A brilliant day. Really helpful and will enable us to move forwards. Many thanks.

This course has given me tools to evaluate and re-plan the way forward with our curriculum.

Very thought provoking, useful and inspirational. Thank you.

Clarity on breadth vs depth – we are fairly good at both but the importance of distinguishing between the two.

Practical resources and documents to use and implement with staff.

The depth statements and milestones structure were extremely helpful.

All really useful – excellent knowledge allowing greater understanding for us. Crystal clear process – gave me a real understanding of where I want to go. Super quality offered by people at the top of their game!

Ideas to support subject leaders and class teachers to ensure that LI’s are subject related (instead of English related). Lots of ideas to develop the role of subject leader.

Thought provoking – exactly what we were looking for to help to begin our journey to ‘our’ new curriculum.

Lot of valuable information and questions to support and challenge staff. Good to include governors’ understanding of SMSC within the curriculum.

Excellently presented with clear articulation and visual stimuli. I really loved the booklet as a reference point, fantastic resource to share with colleagues.

Practical suggestions and resources to enable schools to take ownership of their curriculum. Excellent. I booked Chris a few years ago when I was a Head Teacher, he was just as good today as he was then. His messages are clear, sensible and relevant.

- 21.11.17 Southampton

I can now see how continuous does not have to be a free for all but structured meaningful learning.

Continuous Provision can work in KS2!

This course has helped me to think about how to organise my curriculum to maximise learning. Fabulous, really interesting and thought provoking.

Really useful ideas with theories behind.

Very well presented and engaging. Realistic view of classroom practice and sensible, manageable ideas.

The variety of practical activities suggested were useful as they provided me with a different way of thinking about how we can deliver the curriculum.

Have gone away feeling inspired.

Fantastic and inspiring!

Gave us a direction for our curriculum back in school.

Good to hear lots of examples for how things can be done across the day.

Really enjoyed the whole idea of stepping back from what we are doing and looking for making ways of linking learning and creating opportunities for children to revisit skills and concepts in context, while ‘creating’ time. Great ideas to support us in doing this – very useful.

Chris is a very engaging and entertaining speaker – thank you for the opportunity to listen to ‘no-nonsense explanations’ and reflect on practice.

The key messages: longitudinal learning, repetition and schemes were useful as was looking at the case study.

Really enjoyed listening to your ‘real’ approach to teaching. Thank you for some great ideas.

Great delivery, engaging, clear and based on experience of education, hugely information. I’ve been teaching over 10 years and been on many courses, this one is the best all round experience so far – thank you!

A brilliant, informative day.

Excellent resources – good to have the presentation as a folder to refer to.

A new approach to solve things we spend too long discussing in staff meetings.

The ideas for daily routines and how to weave them into our curriculum were great. Excellent day thank you, with excellent course materials. Plenty of food for thought – my head’s buzzing with new ideas.

Alex was very professional, he has so much experience which he can draw on which the teachers liked and was very realistic. He was clear and made sense. The staff were very upbeat by the end…even at 6.30pm on a Thursday night!

Thank you. Well worth the money!

- Laura Phibbs, Head Teacher, Sinfold CofE Primary School, West Sussex

- 16.11.17 Wakefield

The whole day was useful. It has reaffirmed my own thoughts about curriculum development, as well as providing me with concrete examples. I like the key phrases and theories underpinning the ideas.

I can now build a new curriculum around deepening understanding. I will go back to school buzzing.

10/10 – very good, would use again!

Great ideas that can be implemented quickly into the classroom. I now have a greater understanding of continuous provision and how to make it purposeful.

I like the idea of daily Maths and English for 20 minutes.

Chris was very knowledgeable and funny, engaging from the start. I have found the whole day very useful and relevant to my setting.

Extremely useful for a new to the teaching world NQT. I am taking back a fresh mindset and looking forward to adapting ideas in my KS1 classroom and hopefully relieve some of the pressures of curriculum content.

I now know how to meet much of the curriculum through daily routines.

I found it very informative and will definitely be applying continuous provision into KS2.

Excellent course - very inspiring and thought provoking.

Very excited to feedback at school.

Great practical ideas, which are easy to implement and it’s easy to see their value.

I liked the Listening Station idea. Engaging and inspiring - excellent!

Moving on the idea of provision away from EYFS and looking at how to cover everything through discrete teaching, e.g. daily routines. Really useful ideas to develop our own practice.

Useful to come with a colleague to enable discussion about implementation at school. Very good value for money.

Lots of practical ways to practice, advance and deepen skills without direct teaching. Particularly found maths examples very helpful in determining the process of how it can be introduced.

I have heard very positive feedback from the staff of the schools attending the day. Chris’ delivery was fantastic – his explanations were very clear and the anecdotes added great entertainment. Opportunities for discussion were invaluable in sharing ideas, good practice and helping staff to develop their thinking and explore the ideas.

- Helen Owen, Head Teacher, Layfield Primary, Yarm

The whole process from start to finish was professional and above all else beneficial to our school improvement. Please pass on my thanks once again to Andy who was amazing!

- Emma Jones, Head Teacher, Ryhill Junior and Infant School, Wakefield

As Andy is an old friend of the Infant School, it is wonderful to have that continuity when he visits, rather than having to give him all the background. As always, his discussions with staff were challenging, realistic, insightful and thought-provoking, and his training inspirational and impactful, with numerous takeaways. Andy never fails to inspire, and is a master at tailoring to a school’s needs, even on the hoof as he sees what unfolds on the ground. His feedback is purposeful but he has such an approachable and warm way of asking the critical questions that nobody feels uncomfortable, yet they get to the crux and move forwards anyway.

- Jo Osman, Tanglin Trust Infant School, Singapore

- 08.11.17 - London

A totally new approach to ‘SEF’, which was an eye-opener. It really made us think as a leadership team. A great experience, really inspirational stuff – thank you!

Chris is a brilliant presenter.

Fantastic, interesting, stimulated. Lots of passionate learning discussions and reflection.

Interesting. Engaging. Learning. Fun.

Reinforced the fact that SEF is all about evaluating my school and not just what we think Ofsted wants. Very useful day, particularly with regards to the curriculum and focus on foundation subjects.

This will customise the curriculum to reflect our school culture.

Refocused the why we do things. Gave some excellent concepts to try out with staff in order to move them forwards.

Chris explains things really well and it is great to have a different slant on what can be a very tedious job.

Loved all the videos, really helped to explain the metaphors.

I loved using the magic quadrants to see where areas in my school lie.

We have been looking for a meaningful way to assess the schools’ progress and development without much success. Leadership Lenses will suit our school very well and formulate our S.I.P. too.

Yet again, a fantastic day! I have a head full of ideas and plans to think through and a real buzz about putting then into practice. Thank you so much for making such an inspiring day.

I couldn’t possibly single out one part of the day as it was all useful.

A different way of thinking about school evaluation.

- 17.10.17 - Leeds

Useful updates and advice.

Seeing how DoL works and being able to ask for advice was useful. Sophie was amazing! Thank you for all your help.

Really useful course.

Use of group report as subject leaders and KS2 co-ordinator was useful. Very informative for a new member of SLT.

Reports are much more easy to access and export now. A great update to all things on the DoL website. Thanks, lots to take back, develop and use.

Sophie was brilliant at individual questions.

My staff have spoken very positively about the day. They all felt that the content and delivery was inspiring. The printed handouts and Chris' presentation were excellent. Chris has such a wealth of knowledge and he has given my staff a great deal of 'food for thought'. Excellent service, from the initial enquiry right through to the training. Thank you very much.

- Janine St. Pierre, Head Teacher, Plaistow Primary School & Children's Centre, London

Chris delivered Learning without Lessons to 6 Trust Schools -
It was a fantastic day and the staff are really ‘buzzing’ about it all today! Please pass on my thanks to Chris!

- Steve Meakin, Holly Lodge Primary School, Surrey

The opportunity to hear, as a whole staff, the understanding of what greater depth and mastery mean and to have the opportunity to discuss these together was useful. Spending time discussing appropriate resources and how these could be used in a variety of contexts was also useful. The different types of questions used to probe for greater meaning will be a continuing talking point and will be particularly useful for TA's involved in reading activities. An excellent day! Will recommend highly. Alex was very engaging and informative without overloading the staff or making them feel that they had to ‘reinvent the wheel’.

- Elizabeth Green, Head Teacher, St Oswald's Catholic Primary School, Lancs

How to differentiate mastery in the classroom from fluency, applying to deepening learning was useful. Alex was an excellent facilitator and it was a brilliant course.

- Edward Hobson, Head Teacher, St Anne's Primary School, Staffs

- 18.10.17 - Birmingham

The magic quadrant was brilliant. Chris explained how education works in a simple but effective way. No nonsense jargon.

Thinking about evaluating rather than monitoring was useful. Thank you for another insightful session.

Brilliant. I am a new head, I can see the way forward, I can document where we are, what we are going to do and what impact it will have. Thank you.

All really useful. Really made me think about clarity and professional development.

The Lenses will help identify different areas for school improvement.

I can see how this can work for the development of the school not just an annual updated paper exercise. Visuals are fantastic! Makes evaluation so much more effective and meaningful and well lead to improvement.

Good value for money.

Excellent presentation – lots of reassuring messages.

Will give a more rounded view of provision and its effectiveness.

Thinking more about what makes practice effective rather than sticking to criteria. This will in turn reduce workload and create a better environment for our children to learn. Chris Quigley is a great speaker. I enjoyed the humour he brought to the course, along with his honesty of how schools really are.

Really valuable and relevant – can be used to adapt our systems. Refreshing training - focusing on good teaching and leadership, rather than jumping through hoops.

The focus on expertise and clarity was useful as a self-evaluation tool because it made a useful addition to self-evaluation being end of KS2, KS1, EY's data led.

Chris structured the day to engage us in how we approach the delivery of the curriculum and in the process of reviewing the effectiveness for our current cohort and their individual needs. He shared his ideas and findings in a very accessible way that really facilitated our own learning through group discussion and individual reflection. The whole process was very smooth and supportive.

- John Palmer, Whitehall Infant School, Walsall

Every member of staff who attended (including Pastoral, Business Manager and even a local Educational Psychologist) found it to be an excellent course. No one has suggested anything to improve it and they couldn't wait to apply some of the concepts discussed.

The day Chris delivered was excellent. It was more than we could have hoped and the training will be revisited strategically within our improvement plan for the year. Thank you.

- Emma Harkins, Head Teacher, Huntingtower CP Academy, Lincs

- 12.10.17 Birmingham

Chris is very inspiring, his conferences are always excellent. Thank you.

The Subject Leader section was useful.

Good explanation of depth vs. breadth. Check list guide to review current curriculum was great.

Excellent, inspiring, great verification of how/where we’re moving our curriculum.

Given lots of think about, how designed my school curriculum is not. We need to adjust our thinking away from coverage.

Excellent – impressed.


The whole course was incredibly useful in terms of providing a review framework and model for curriculum planning and/or review.

Love the policy on a page and discussing children as little people not data. As we have been developing our understanding of DoL and B.A.D. learning, we can now begin to develop our curriculum so this has come just at the right time.

Understanding the difference between depth and breadth of the curriculum – reassured out thinking. Our driver is, Explore and Investigate, which has already began to change the mindset of teachers.

How SMSC and British values link together was very useful as this is relevant to us at the moment. Provided me with clarity and useful information and tasks to take back to school. Great delivery. Relevant tasks and information to take back, which will improve provision in school.

Very useful, lots of visual resources. A productive CPD opportunity.

All so relevant. Excellent presentation - thought provoking but did not add to our stress levels.

Engaging course. Lots to take back to school and use.

SMSC information was clear. Right at the heart of the curriculum, where it should be. Given me lots to think about and useful tools to take back to school and do a thorough review. Great!

‘Welcome to our School’ design of the curriculum was useful.

Time to reflect and discuss out own curriculum after listening to good examples. Gave us chance to think about the ‘tweaks’ we need to make to give that clarity to all back at school and ensure they are very much part of the process.

Delivered brilliantly and very informative.

This course will help me as the curriculum leader in a new school, to monitor and develop the planning/teaching.

The breakdown regarding the depth statements are very powerful and extremely useful.

Lots of useful ideas for building and designing our curriculum.

A really thought provoking and productive day. We currently use the Essentials Curriculum but it was excellent for me personally to hear the depth element of it myself as head. I think we were becoming a little contradictory in school as to what ‘depth’ looks like. I have a clear vision of it now.

It was such a good day! The opportunity to talk things through with Chris was great. He tailored the day to our needs and provided us with a lot of useful information and resources.

The content and discussion around Basic, Advancing and Deep styles of teaching and learning in different year groups was particularly helpful as was the work around core principles for all lessons.

We really enjoyed the day and are looking forward to the next one. The whole process as usual from beginning to end was highly efficient. Thank you.

- Mandy Lawrence, Keys Meadow Primary, Enfield

I would recommend Chris Quigley Education to anyone – I think the development of the Essentials Curriculum is perfect for Junior Schools to enthuse and inspire children whilst at the same time building on essential skills that are developed across the Key Stage.

- Karen Stonehouse, Head Teacher, Bartley C of E Junior School, Southampton

The day was insightful, with the staff that worked with Alex taking away an awful lot of ideas and ways to develop and improve their planning of activities and lessons.

The training was excellent, a great experience, very thought provoking with great practical ideas, would really recommend to others.

The use of depth and mastery will really transform how we plan in school.

- Miss R Towns, Head Teacher, Wickhambrook Primary Academy, Suffolk

Securing Greater Depth - one of the best CPD sessions I have attended in 17 years. Professional and well delivered. Thank you Chris.

- Paula Cumming, Deputy Head Teacher, Abu Dhabi

Richard was well informed and led the sessions well. He promoted positive discussions around Continuous Provision and the training was useful. Staff commented that it was informative and had given them a better insight as to how to manage the curriculum. The ideas were well received and phase teams have reviewed their planning as a result of the training.

- Elaine Close, Head Teacher, Stonehill School, Herts

  • A great and thought provoking day as usual.
  • A valuable course, well delivered.
  • Really enjoyable and lots of new strategies to try.
  • A really super day, very entertaining and practical. Great presentation: enjoyable and useful.
  • So many practical examples to use. A really well delivered, easily accessible content.
  • Lots of concrete examples to support theory.
  • Excellent range of ideas and suggestions, thank you!
- A selection of the comments from The Downland Alliance, Berkshire

This was an excellent session, staff found it extremely helpful in developing and engaging creative ideas across the curriculum to develop deeper thinking.

- Nicky Tyler, Westfield Primary Academy, Suffolk

It was useful to see resources which could be used to enhance Continuous Provision at Shepherdswell. The training Karen provided was straight forward, helpful and tailored towards what the academy needed.

- Jonathan Cursley, Head Teacher, Shepherdswell Academy, Milton Keynes

Please thank Chris for a great day! Everyone was buzzing afterwards about new approaches and ideas.

It was very interesting to think about how maths and English can take on “bite size” chunks across other areas of the curriculum and how little exercises can be completed throughout the school each morning.

The day brought about several topics for discussion within my SLT and I heard TA's and Teachers talking about different approaches to parts of the day!

Thank you for a fabulous and thought provoking day!

- Louise Croker, Head Teacher, St. George's Catholic Primary School, Warminster

The whole session was excellent, exactly what I had asked for. All the staff were buzzing and have taken ideas away with them. Andy was great - fun, engaging, motivating. It was one of the best sessions we have had. 10/10.

- Kate Newcombe, Upton House School, Berkshire

Alex was a very inspirational speaker who involved the staff and gave lots of examples of his own experience. A great mixture of talk, time for group discussion and watching videos on his powerpoint.

- Emma Hardy, Head Teacher, Ecclesall Infant School, Sheffield

“My experience of the new Ofsted framework in relation to Depth of Learning Tracker was very positive. The inspector thought our assessment system was robust and that we had ‘forged ahead’ with assessment across subjects since our last inspection. The inspector particularly liked the Lines of Good Progress charts which were easy and quick to use in getting an overview of attainment and progress. The bespoke tracking of each individual child was also seen as really important as it gave the true picture of an individual in terms of strengths and weaknesses.

I am very pleased that we have been working with the Depth of Learning practices and principles as well as the tracker as this has helped us tremendously on our journey of developing our expertise as teachers. I thought Depth of Learning was a good thing, two years ago when I attended Chris’ conference, I now know it is a great thing! Thank you to the Quigley team for the continued excellent CPD opportunities.”

Jeannette Little, Feckenham First School

- 05.07.17 – Bolton

Clear areas for improvement/extra CPD. Always very interesting and insightful. Definitely worth the opportunity to see the product.

Lenses made it clear to help understand where our focus should be.

Thinking about how ‘good’ can look different and not just one way. Thinking about how to evaluate in a new way.

Some very good ideas to use back at school – e.g. strengthening aspects of tracking progress, improving your focus on what’s important in leadership. A very grounded view of education pervades the delivery . A very knowledgeable practitioner who gets you to think.

Lots of ideas to stimulate thought on self-evaluation.

Gave me a clearer thought process of how evaluation can drive improvement (away from Ofsted framework).

All of it was useful! Mostly confirming thoughts of a better way to evaluate as well as better ways to focus on learning. Excellent all round, brilliant resources.

- 27.06.17 – Birmingham

Particularly like the concept of longitudinal learning, with opportunities to go back, revisit and practise so that real and deep learning happens. Loved the opportunity to ‘refresh’ my practice, having already been trained in Pitch Perfect and Life without Levels.

Love the idea of a continuous provision afternoon.

Lots of great ideas and thoughts to move the curriculum forward. Rationale clearly covered – it all makes sense.

A thoroughly enjoyable day and very thought provoking.

Great ideas about continuous provision and chunking some things together in order to free up time. Not everything that needs learning needs to be taught by a teacher.

Plenty of ideas that can be put into place immediately to improve our provision. As always, Chris delivered this training in an inspiring way.

Love the resources given.

Loved the way that effective practice and principles from the EYFS were articulated clearly to be relevant to other key stages. Appreciated language and phrases used to label strategies.

Inspired to make changes so that classes can work together.

Good ideas for cross and intra-curricular links.

As a special school we have found this useful.

Thoroughly enjoyable, informative and clear – thank you.

Really enjoyed my day, I feel inspired and challenged to continue to implement this way of working.

It was all very inspirational and I will be feeding back ideas to SLT to find ways in which our school can adopt and implement lots of the strategies discussed today.

Really valuable and the next stage in our school improvement cycle. Love the ‘ideas’ book.

Clarification of key principles underpinning the new curriculum.

New ways to think about delivering DT/Music curriculum.

Practical examples of how deep learning can be promoted through time saving initiatives. High quality training, which is particularly relevant in the current educational climate.

The teaching of Maths in the classroom, without the need for a Maths lesson was useful e.g. four clock classroom, intra-curricular and cross-curricular links.

Some very radical ideas for teaching history. Great presentation and useful resources.

All very useful. You altered my opinion on a range of issues.

It’s hard sometimes to keep people on board – it’s ‘early years’. This course has given us lots of ideas to engage staff with this approach.

Excellent presentation and thought provoking.

Lots of fantastic, refreshing ideas of how to adapt and ‘combine’ curriculum areas to allow more depth of understanding.

Engaging speaker – made me think about my current practice, especially the daily routines with English and Maths.

- 29.06.17 – Middlesex

The layers of clarity, very well explained.

The presentation was clear and good examples/resources were used to support the delivery of the course. The quality of the booking was excellent and the tutor presented really well.

Great ideas on how to implement writing with purpose in the classroom. Loved ideas of marginal changes. Discussion on what greater depth is was useful. Easy to get bogged down with ticking boxes. Highly rated, useful ideas to take back to school. Engaging speaker – thank you.

Very informative and engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was engaged throughout. Thank you.

Ways to identify greater depth and challenge children were useful. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and now have lots of ideas for the future.

Loved the stories to embed in early years.

Ideas for teaching writing in new and creative ways. Creating consistency through teacher expectations was useful.

Looking at examples of what ‘deep’ looks like were useful.

- 23.06.17 – Bolton

Fabulous ideas and time to discuss.

Lots of ideas which I can see staff wanting to incorporate into their planning.

Every educationalist should hear Chris speak! It’s time we stood up and brought about change.

Really helped me to clarify how to set up continuous provision in KS2 alongside lessons to deepen learning. Really forward thinking. Excited to try out new ideas.

Super handout. I have practical ideas to use in school.

Brilliant examples of activities and a clear explanation of why we need continuous provision.

Quick, easy and obviously effective.

We are already following elements of the learning without lessons, so it’s great to have this course next.

Lots of practical ideas. Love the maths section the most.

A chance to discover and explore the rationale was useful as were the practical ideas to take back to school.

Exciting times thinking about how to restructure our curriculum.

I am re-envisaging the whole curriculum in a more productive way which will promote a love of learning, engaging children because they can access what they are interested in.

Well organised, structured presentation.

A completely new look at the curriculum. Fantastic, excellent knowledge and so engaging.

To move away from the ideas that everything must be taught in a lesson was useful, as was, looking at the curriculum as a whole, encouraging leaders to be more creative in their approach.

I can see it happening – it can be put in place relatively quickly, giving immediate impact.

- 21.06.17 – Chesterfield

Loved the maths and writing ideas for embedding into daily routines.

I gained a deep understanding of what continuous provision is and I had the time to think about how we will do it.

So cleverly simple making it amazingly effective. Leaving feeling inspired and motivated.

Useful starting points to review, refine and improve curriculum delivery. Well structured delivery supported by valuable resources.

The afternoon session around the foundation subjects was useful as this is an area of development for my school.

Our Deputy Head has been insisting I come and see Chris for ages. I can see why and I’m so glad I did. His vision for the curriculum is fantastic. Coherent, well designed and imaginative. The description of how we ‘block’ the curriculum was brilliant. So insightful.

Good theory basis and sensible approach and then lots of practical ideas.

Fantastic delivery.

Continuous Provision ideas in the afternoon were great.

Challenges that children can complete independently, whilst teacher works with individuals or groups. Very useful. I am going to try continuous provision in a special needs setting.

Love all the ideas for ‘daily routines’. Love the intra-curricular maths linked to measure, love the 10 min sketch story, love the ideas of blocking some areas and carouselling others!

Fab ideas and structure for continuous provision. Thank you, it has been a great day!

- 21.06.17 – Huntingdon Primary School, Cambridge

Very thought provoking and practical

Fantastic – full of ideas and useful ‘take aways’. Thank you

Fab! Lots of ideas.

Excellent - very inspirational. Can’t wait to get started back at school.

Excellent course, engaging and informative. Many thanks.

Engaging and lots of valuable information and resources. A very valuable day.

Engaging and informative – I’ve never filled in a whole take away sheet on a course before. A very useful and thought provoking day.

Great presentation and discussion, very engaging.

Excellent delivery, all taken away to be implemented!

Great and engaging! Lots and lots of food for thought. Great information to take away. Very inspiring!

Excellent – very engaging and easy to listen to. So much to take in!

Excellent – Alex was extremely engaging.

Alex was great and gave loads of ideas! Thank you.

- 14.06.17 Short Heath Junior School

Examples of recording learning walks and talks that will enable all staff to identify B.A.D. in and across year groups and subjects. Thank you Alex, a fantastic day. So informative and useful in terms of ensuring our next steps.

Work samples – staff need this! Absolutely fantastic day – so useful with so much to take back to school.

Very thought provoking and challenging.

Very well delivered by Alex.

Finally, a course with a good clear understanding of children, how they learn and how to move on. Thank you.

Fantastic! 10/10.

The handouts and discussion around them will be very useful back in school.

The explanation of how to recognise basic/advancing/deep was great. Thought provoking and good resources.

I like the idea of making children aware of what effective learners are.

Discussing the different areas of monitoring plus examples of how to carry these out effectively was great.

Love the RAID model.

I now have a much clearer vision of leading subjects and steps forward for the school.

Tools for leaders to use and adapt.

- 15.06.16 – London

Exploration of the rationale behind continuous provision and how that fits in with the curriculum was great.

Curriculum design and delivery that make a lot of sense. Clear rationale, exemplified through great activity ideas.

Really enjoyed the maths part of the day as hadn’t really considered deconstructing maths.

Very helpful for reflecting upon and evaluating current curriculum design.

Ideas on freeing up lesson time were useful. Fantastic ideas shared.

Ideas to inspire a curriculum rewrite.

Specific examples of how continuous provision can be delivered throughout all areas of the curriculum.

Very interesting. Made me reflect upon practice.

Lots of lovely practical examples.

- 16.06.17 - London

Learning talks/pokes and ideas that build up towards a portfolio of learning was useful. Ways to support teachers to assess through questioning. Excellent thank you. Some really great thinking points. Bespoke conversations and questions considered.

The opportunity to discuss issues specific to our school with Chris was great. Chris always inspires us to be better and provides practical ways in which to achieve this.

Discussion about the changing ‘culture’ of assessment – the idea of assessment and teaching becoming a daily process was very useful. Thank you.


Sharing ideas – being able to ask questions related to our own schools and Chris incorporating this into the day was useful.

Showed me some features of the online system that I didn’t know about. As always – excellent quality training, lots of food for thought to take away. 10 out of 10!

- 13.06.17 - Newcastle upon Tyne

I am so excited to make changes to the school timetable and embed daily routines. A great course.

Helpful and practical ideas for use in the classroom. An alternative approach to teaching for ‘depth’.

Excellent course that was incredibly thought provoking and will definitely lead to me changing the practice at school.

One of the best training days I have been on. Outstanding.

It was really useful to go through every aspect of the curriculum. Particularly useful was advice/recognition of making the curriculum manageable.

Examples of what continuous provision looks like beyond EYFS was useful. Excellent.

Really enjoyed exploring the concept of continuous provision particularly in maths.

Different types of provision, intra-curricular, daily routines, etc. were excellent, thank you.

Continuous provision to improve progress in the foundation subjects was useful. I found the teach and tinker idea interesting and would like to try it over a period of time in school with both key stages together.

Sophie really helped us to understand the full extent of the Depth of Learning system and how it can be used to inform learning and progress in school. She was able to offer hands on support and guidance and answer the many questions we had, enabling staff to become more confident in their judgements. Many thanks for a helpful, informative and well delivered session.

- Monica Best, Cowersley Primary School, Yorkshire

We have put in place half termly pupil target setting mentoring meetings. Children meet individually with their teacher with a drink and a biscuit to discuss their learning, teachers share the individual report screen from DoL and identify the one target to be high profile in ‘nudging’ learning forward for each child. This is recorded on the target card. We do this for maths, reading and writing. Prior to this the pupil completes their CQE Secrets of Success reflection and self evaluation sheet and comes ready to suggest the one thing that should be their ‘learning to learn’ target. This is discussed and agreed. The targets are signed and laminated and can be used to set a context for learning.

- Matt O' Grady, Headteacher, West Horndon Primary School, Essex

Quite a big change for us about three terms ago was trying to really understand how to plan in opportunities designed to show a child has a masterful (deep) understanding around a concept. The idea of tracking how well a child understands their learning can be tracked through DoL and makes it easier for teachers to see where gaps in understanding are.

- Linda Smith, Deputy Head Teacher, Kippax North Primary School, Leeds

It was great to spend time working in a small group with Sophie. We could ask the questions we needed answers to and Sophie was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. It was a relaxed session and she was able to answer many of our queries. She could also tell us about things that were coming up on the system and other products available that might help us. A really, really useful morning. It was lovely to work with Sophie.

- Ally Lawley, Deputy Head Teacher, St Botolph’s, Leicester

The most useful part of the session was Sophie’s familiarity with the website and our realistic needs as users. Being a personal session she was able to answer our specific questions, from trialling the system, model on the website and explore the best options for us. It felt as though she was problem solving and training us rather than delivering a pre-planned course which was exactly what we need at this stage. Sophie patiently listened to our experiences and explained everything clearly. Thank you.

- Polly Broadhurst, Head Teacher, Adlington Primary School

We love the system: our staff have completely changed the way in which they look at and plan for children's learning. They understand and have embraced the idea of deeper learning and, although we have obviously spent a great deal of time training them to use the system effectively, this has made the staff more willing to focus on the things that really matter as regards children's progress and attainment.

- Christabel Shepherd, Head Teacher, Copthorne Primary School

Yours is the only programme I have come across that is positively better- every other seems to be levels by another name.

- John Starling, Head Teacher, Garfield Primary School

The Depth of Learning system provoked an overwhelmingly positive reaction at our most recent parent consultations.

- Ross McTaggart, Head Teacher, Barnes Farm Junior School

I hope you don’t mind me getting in touch to share the great news of our recent Outstanding Ofsted report with you. A huge part of our move from previous (2010) Good judgement to Outstanding here at old Hutton CE Primary was due to our curriculum and assessment system – both of which are fully based on the CQ Essentials and Milestones/Depth of Learning tracking. In particular, our report comments on our ‘exceptional’ quality of assessment which ‘has a substantial impact on the progress pupils make in their learning’ & states that ‘The curriculum is inspiring...a strength..creative and exciting, which results in all pupils being highly motivated to be involved in their learning’ & ‘consequently...pupils thrive.’ There are many more related statements! I do feel I needed to say a huge thank you to Chris & his team for their inspiring ideas which have in turn inspired us to achieve great things with our children here.

- Andrea Walker, Head Teacher, Old Hutton CE Primary School, Cumbria

Sophie was able to offer our school a personalised approach as the training was only for a few members of staff. She answered all of our questions immediately and was able to give personalised demonstrations of the program. It was also useful that Sophie had brought hand-outs and some samples of other relevant resources for us to look over. Sophie was knowledgeable and ensured we were fully au fait with DOL before she left at the end of the session.

- Sonya Black, Deputy Head Teacher, Throston Primary School, Hartlepool

Sophie was knowledgeable about the DOL system and it was really useful to talk to her as we discussed the spring data. Sophie brought some samples from the moderation document which was really helpful. It was a very useful meeting that helped us to move forward with our data analysis.

- Fiona Phimister, PA to Head Teacher, Bowling Park Primary School

As this is a totally new system for our school, it was very useful to have the ability to download and print the user guide so that I could discuss these with Ashley. In addition to this, the guidance that is on YouTube was very helpful. Ashley was able to answer my questions and give me any up to date information. She told me that there would be an update over the Christmas period to allow each set of objectives to be input individually. E.g. The objectives that are in number could have a mixed range of coverage – basic/advanced/deep. As this was not ready, Ashley gave me a half hour of training with a further half hour to follow to cover any questions that I may have once the update has been done. The training was very thorough. Thank you.

- Claire Render, Head Teacher, Wreay C of E Primary School

Training was excellent! We found the explanations of the expectations of progress were the most useful, so we now have a clearer understanding of using EYFS data and lines of good progress. Sophie was easy to work with and happy to tailor the morning to what we needed.

- Sarah Brew, Deputy Head Teacher, Thomas Hickman School

Excellent explanation of Essentials Curriculum and how to utilise the DoL tracking system to support assessment improvement.

I now understand different ways to assess and how to quality control assessments, the use of the DoL and the potential it has.

I now have a good idea of how to use the Depth of Learning within school and can share this effectively with the staff.

Alex presented "Reviving Primary Science" in Wakefield for Yorkshire NAHT and received excellent reviews from all 23 attendees. There was not one negative comment and everyone left with a plan to improve science in their school. Another excellent day.

- Dave Evans, Yorkshire NAHT

We found the whole day extremely useful. Alex delivered his material in a truly inspiring way. The first session was particularly so when he described the way in which he had used picture books to develop a deeper level of understanding in Literacy. It gave us all a real “buzz” and there was very positive feedback over coffee in the staffroom.

Particularly useful was,
· B.A.D. verbs
· Crafting deep questions
· Definition of a learning objective and how to develop depth within that

We had been working on an enriched topic based curriculum and overall the day made precise and explicit for us what we now need to do.

It reinforced our aims of high expectations for all children and how that can be developed through depth and mastery in the curriculum.

We had to cancel our original booking as our budget was very tight, but that was not a problem and everyone in your office was more than helpful in rearranging our day.

- Gill Anderson, Deputy Head Teacher, Isaac Newton, Lincolnshire

Andy provided staff with excellent strategies to be used in the classroom. His manner and presentation style was appreciated by all staff, particularly the humour. Comments I received from staff were inspirational, I feel ready to try this, invigorated, really useful and many more. The resources were really useful. I was looking around the room during the day and staff were focused and engaged throughout the day. Thank you for a brilliant day.

- Penny Brown, Executive Head Teacher, Ash Croft and Cottons Farm Primary Federation, Derby

It was extremely useful for the staff to hear from Chris the rationale behind the changes both in government and behind the tracker. A reminder that this approach is actually based on sound research was also a good message for us.

The whole approach and linking with the Essentials makes for a sound approach to learning

It was helpful too that the small numbers enabled Chris to adapt to our needs.

‘Common sense’ as always! We really like the structure of this approach – easy to follow, clear and concise, yet thorough and probing.
The visual representation of the school’s effectiveness through the ‘Magic Quadrants’ is jargon free, making it accessible to all. Following the suggested review activities and sources of information identifies where, why and what improvements could be made to achieve the best outcomes for children, both academic and personal.

- Jill Litchfield, Bournehall Primary School, Hertfordshire

The staff found Alex very inspiring and enjoyable to listen to. Each member of staff, whether NQT or experienced, gained something useful from the session.

- M Masters, Willow Bank Infant School, Berkshire

Sophie really helped us to understand the full extent of the Depth of Learning system and how it can be used to inform learning and progress in school. She was able to offer hands on support and guidance and answer the many questions we had, enabling staff to become more confident in their judgements. Many thanks for a helpful, informative and well delivered session.

- Monica Best, Cowersley Primary School, Yorkshire

We had our inspection this week, thankfully it remained a one day! Having our DoL analysis certainly helped.

- Roxanne Gumbs, Head Teacher, Downe Manor, Middlesex

Really impressed with the materials and the day Richard delivered for us. Top notch!

- Karen Saywood, Head Teacher, Braidwood Primary School for the Deaf, Birmingham

The conference was brilliant – to the point that several tutors were quite miffed by students telling them it’s the best session they’ve had all year!! I am very much hoping to book something similar for next year. Alex was excellent, and really couldn’t be faulted. The trainees’ feedback was fantastic. We were extremely pleased with the whole day- The conference was brilliant – it was exactly what we hoped it would be.

- Elizabeth Farrar, Senior Lecturer, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincolnshire

- 26.04.17 Gloucestershire

Breaking down the new curriculum into a cohesive structured cross-curricular model was great.

Structures to develop a strategic plan to ensure excellent provision and experiences. Excellent day.

Expert guidance from someone who’d been there. I now have a much better understanding of principles/values underlying this. Nice to have a small group, with a range of colleagues.

Great day! Come away feeling enthused.

Planning templates were interesting – I like the quadrant idea. A really interesting and informative day.

Lots of resource sharing – books and websites, which was great.

We have now been using the Depth of Learning tracking and assessment package since January and it has already had a very positive impact on the teaching and learning in our school. The tracking is straight-forward to use and allows teachers to clearly see next steps for the children and incorporate this into their planning, as well as making accurate summary assessment against the milestones. Analysing the data is made straight-forward by the clear charts and graphs the system produces. We now feel in control of our data and assessment again in this 'life after levels'. Thank you!

- Carolyn Dalziel, Head Teacher, Ashfield Junior School

We now have a system which provides staff with a manageable system to assess in every subject across the curriculum. This system allows staff to share the depth of learning with the children so that they know what they are doing well and those areas which need some further work. From a data analysis point of view, we can easily run a variety of reports (including group comparisons) with just a click of a button, showing attainment and progress over time. The technical team are excellent and any questions or problems are resolved swiftly. I would strongly recommend this system to another school (without hesitation).

- Eastwick Schools

The children (understandably) love Alex!

- Eastwick Schools

Alex was able to give us practical activities and new techniques which promote a greater depth of understanding.

- Eastwick Schools

It was wonderful to see Alex teaching the children and showing us how we could adapt our current practice to get even better results.

- Eastwick Schools

Alex was an inspiration to the both the children and staff.

- Eastwick Schools

I just wanted to say how brilliant the training day was, Alex! You really are a brilliant leader and really have inspired and motivated me. Thoroughly enjoyed it! In a world that is full of criticism, I thought I would just let you know!

- Lewis Morgan, Calverley Parkside Primary School, Leeds

- 05.04.17 - Newcastle upon Tyne

An opportunity to consider all aspects of school evaluation without the ‘OFSTED’ cloud. Very effective!

Very useful day with lots of ideas to use back in school that are more effective than what is currently in use.

A comprehensive way of carrying out effective evaluation with a method of summarising in an easy to access format.

As always a very inspiring session. A lot of food for thought. Having attended a number of CQ sessions it is great how they all link together and build on each other.

Explored how to be innovative in regards to evaluation and improvement.

The whole day was interesting and informative.

Use of Magic Quadrants was useful. Looking at a framework other than OFSTED for school improvement was also useful.

Excited about the potential of developing capacity for improvement following today.

- 30.03.17 London

Top tips for staff meetings.

Explanation of the Secrets of Success and ideas as to how to explore them with children was useful. I now have lots of ideas that I feel I can use in the classroom to help over-come some of the barriers my children are facing.

Mindfulness – was great to see demonstrations of how to use mindfulness in the classroom. Lots of practical tasks to get involved with.

Work hard section – tips for the classroom were useful.

Inspirational speaker who relates teaching with ‘real life’ so that we as teachers can relate to the theories presented. Loved the ideas booklets.

So useful, achievable, inspiring and encouraging. All fantastic! I want to come to more! I am a NQT and this course is so helpful and exciting.

Really interesting and inspiring. Fantastic – can’t wait to get back to school and start implementing some ideas/strategies.

Very good – as always! Very thought provoking in a very engaging style.

Real life applications that been tried and tested!

Chris’ deep knowledge and response to questions was great.

The importance of time and patience in the route to depth is clear.

Chris is a very engaging deliverer and trainer.

Engaging discussions. Enjoyed listening to Chris’ stories and personal examples.

- 29.03.17 Leicester

I would like my staff to hear Chris’ view of why basic is so vital!

Excellent, thank you.

Really useful overview of mastery and specific examples for different areas.

I am now able to plan lessons, which promote greater understanding.

Practical ways to change teaching – especially continuous provision.

Brilliant day, thanks!

Fantastic day, lots to feedback to staff.

An excellent day.

Clarity of what greater depth is and what it will look like in children’s understanding and work. The resources were helpful and good to refer back to.

Seeing examples in practice and the opportunity to reflect on how you can use these strategies in own setting. I liked the intimacy of the group – not too big to allow for more discussions.

A fantastic day – very engaging with plenty to think about and reflect on.

Very informative and inspiring.

Ideas as to how we can cover different aspects of the curriculum, not in the standard way.

Unpicking each strand and applying it to the subject was useful. I thought the whole course was superb. Fantastic to listen to Chris speak. Gripping!

- 28.03.17 Staffordshire

Discussion of pedagogy that can be transferred into everyday teaching rather than ‘quick fixes’. Lots of lovely resources. Thought provoking questions. Thank you, very inspiring.

Identifying key components for greater depth writing – how this can be explored in terms of mastery – using the B.A.D model. Helpful ideas for book choices. Excellent recommendations, thank you.

Planning for greater depth and discussion on what constitutes greater depth was useful. Really valuable day. Loads to take back to school.

What it means to be a greater depth writer and what to look for was useful. I’ve been looking for courses around writing – particularly in greater depth. It has been really helpful and didn’t disappoint. I feel inspired! Thank you.

An interesting and informative day.

Examples of writing at depth were great.

Activities to match Basic, Advancing and Deep were useful as was the RAID marking sheet.

I can now engage and enthuse my pupils as writers.

Alex was very easy to listen to and very knowledgeable which was important at the end of a busy day and half term! Staff now have a clear understanding of mastery and what they need to think about when planning lessons to enable children to master and deepen their learning across different areas of the curriculum. The verb sheet was really useful as an aid to think about questions, lots of ideas that will have an impact in the classroom on learning. Everything Alex said was relevant and you can tell he has recent experience in classrooms and it will be quite easy to implement some of the suggestions. The inset was very well received by all staff. The booking process was easy, queries were responded to promptly. A professional and efficient service. Thank you.

- Jen Hughes, Pinfold Primary School, Cheshire

Our staff had lots of questions that Chris happily answered, and then tailored the training to meet their needs. This resulted in Chris completely adapting the content of his presentation for us, which meant we were able to get a very personalised experience that matched what we needed as a school. We really appreciated Chris being so adaptable, it was a fantastic morning thank you. The quality of our booking with Chris Quigley Education was exceptional -very personalised, extremely useful, and illustrated with real life anecdotes – adding humour and enhancing understanding.

- Carly Newman, Assistant Head Teacher, Queensbridge Primary School, Hackney

- 04.04.17 Newcastle upon Tyne

Clarification of what a mastery curriculum is and how to develop greater depth in all key areas. Fantastic course – I wanted to learn more. It’s certainly given me lots of food for thought. I thought the course was excellent. Chris has an excellent understanding of what children need in order to have a meaningful education.

Understanding the concept of Greater Depth (away from the interim framework!) and what that means for my children. As a Year 2 teacher I have become stuck on ‘ticking the statements’ to show children are at greater depth. Continuous provision ideas to gain back curriculum time were great.

The materials we are taking away will help us to share the principles of a mastery curriculum. I really enjoyed the practical strategies for continuous provision. The principles of a mastery curriculum make so much sense! Excellent, looking forward to receiving the digital resources so that I can make a start with sharing ideas back in campus.

Very inspiring – makes you eager to implement strategies in the curriculum. The course was very beneficial.

Brilliant Continuous Provision and inter-connected Maths ideas. Excellent, a good range of resources provided and practical ideas to take back to the classroom.

I now have an understanding of Continuous Provision as a means of teaching and practising aspects of the curriculum.

You make teaching sound easy, good fun and challenging – all of which should be at the heart of any school.

Specific information on Reading, Writing and Maths in Greater Depth. Really useful and gave me lots to think about.

How to apply a stylistic analysis task in Reading was useful. Very useful information and unpicked my own understanding.

Particularly enjoyed Reading/Writing – different approaches to enrichment/Continuous Provision.

- 29.03.17 Newcastle upon Tyne

As a Head Teacher I found the ideas most useful, not only for Science leadership but also because they could be applied to other Foundation subjects. Thank very much – a most enjoyable and worthwhile course.

Fabulous day. Lots to take away and share with staff. Hopefully I can ‘revive’ Science in my school!

Challenging and interesting ideas to engage pupils in science. How to effectively differentiate lessons (Basic, Advancing and Deep) as well as exploring the National Curriculum, and making explicit links were useful. Very good day, I have ideas that I will share with my colleagues and put into practice myself. Good to view Science in a different light.

Developing scientific enquiry through the planning process was useful.

Different ways to raise the profile of scientific enquiry. Alex was able to answer my queries about Science content. This will enable me to go back to school and make some tweaks.

Exemplified documents to use with staff.

Please pass on our sincere thanks to Chris for an amazing day yesterday and to yourself and the team for organising the booking and putting it all together. Chris managed to open the minds of the staff to re-think what they’re doing and why they’re doing it. Every moment of the day was incredibly useful and will enable me to drive forward curriculum re-design much more easily, as there has been resistance in the past. Chris achieved exactly what I thought he would. The whole school are buzzing with ideas today.

- Mrs Andrea Bedeau, Sudbury Primary, Brent

Alex provided lots of ideas. The practical activities provided in the course booklet and ideas on how it could be done were useful. Very good day which was positively received. Excellent and excellent service after the event.

- Michelle Siequien, Head Teacher, Discovery Primary School, Cambridgeshire

- 15.03.17 Sheffield

Very high quality – would recommend. Thank you.

Lots of ideas to provoke thinking and opportunities to link to current practice.

When I arrived I had aspects of my school’s context, experience and position currently in my head. As Chris talked, I was able to link my understanding and experiences to his ideas – provided clarity and precision. The quality of the training is always of a very high standard and is very thought provoking.

Linking ideas and pedagogy from school and seeing how we can move people forward in order to improve outcomes for the children was useful.

Lots of useful, practical ideas to use in school. Clarity regarding the terms monitoring and evaluation. Really clear course materials.

An opportunity to think about how we evaluate leadership from a different perspective.

Big picture overview narrowing down to step by step specifics was useful. Just great – as ever very thought provoking and actionable!

The day was fab. The introduction to the concept was very clear. 10/10.

I like the learning quadrants, I like pictorial representations so this was something I would use. Good, clear explanation of monitoring and evaluation, which has helped clarify my own thinking and practice. Will use immediately.

Opportunity to reflect on where we are now and where we want to be for the benefit of the school/curriculum.

A refreshing and sensible look at school improvement ideas and resources. Will provide us with greater clarity to be more evaluative. Thanks again for fantastic training. I look forward to being an ‘early adopter’.

- 17.03.17 Newcastle upon Tyne

I gained a clear understanding as to what greater depth is and how this can be applied in the classroom. All aspects of the course were of a high standard and very high quality.

I now know how to ensure and enable children to get to greater depth. Excellent course, very knowledgeable and inspiring speaker.

The whole session clarified extensively what greater depth is and how to deliver it. Fantastic value for money and time well spent.

Very helpful, excellent resources and opportunity for thinking carefully and taking time to reflect on the curriculum and its delivery.

A clear and concise definition of greater depth and how this can be achieved across the curriculum. Lots of food for thought. Inspired me to try lots of different teaching methods – thank you.

- 09.03.17 Swindon

Continuous provision is something we are going to take forward as a school. Very useful and built on previous Chris Quigley courses I have attended.

Great presenter – really knowledgeable and engaging. Very good course and would advise others to attend.

Brilliant, I was totally engaged all day. It will be very useful to have this resource to draw on for developing in school/future reference.

Clarity around the meaning of ‘greater depth’. Ideas to take away and use across the age ranges. Chris’ positive and enthusiastic way of presenting enabled me to maintain interest and leave feeling ready to move forward in this area.

In depth scenarios of case studies in schools were useful.

Outstanding course and resources.

I now have a clearer knowledge of mastery. Thank you – lots of useful information to share ‘back at base’!

- 09.03.17 Milton Keynes

All of it was very useful, relevant and inspiring.

Clear insight into how to try and achieve depth with suggestions/ideas for engaging all writers.

Fantastic training! Really helpful and informative. Would recommend to others.

Fantastic training, it will really impact my approach to writing.

Useful discussion on what ‘mastery’ in writing is.

A good reminder as to why I entered this profession – to create fun and stimulating activities to support learning.

Lots to consider, plenty to trial in class and feedback to school.

Fantastic speaker – Andy provided lots of real life experiences I could relate to.

Examples of 4 corner stones to mastery was useful. Clear advice to all. Good for improving cross-curricular writing. Purposeful, engaging and thought provoking.

- 10.03.17 Carlton Colville Primary

Understanding what greater depth means and talking about marginal gains was useful. Excellent course.

Lots of ideas to bring texts alive.

Ideas to cover over the whole school, making judgements over the school activity, outdoor learning ideas, everything was useful! Really engaging and lots of ideas. I am much clearer now. Fantastic.

Lots of opportunities to discuss key points and how they can be applied into the classroom. Very well presented – humorous yet purposeful.

Using real examples was great.

Ideas to engage and develop writers. I’m excited to try them with my class.

Clear ideas on what planning, teaching and learning of ‘depth/mastery’ in writing should look like. Excellent resources demonstrated, e.g. Brilliant Books, Perfect Poetry. Thank you for a fantastic day. I’ve been inspired and can’t wait to take these ideas back to school and our classrooms. Thanks Andy, one of the best training days I’ve been on! So many great ideas.

- 16.02.17 Bolton

The whole day was really useful. I can’t wait to take it back to school.


Excellent – very informative and lots to take back to school. Thank you.

Very informative, clearly delivered.

Explaining what greater depth and mastery actually is was useful.

Too many useful ideas to mention. Pockets of ideas that can be implemented immediately without an overhaul. Consideration of what constitutes greater depth and how to develop whole staff shared understanding.

A real structure that I can use to move the school forward. This has been an outstanding and truly inspirational day, I am going back to school really motivated. 11/10 – funny, informative, engaging and inspiring.

Practical ideas for maths, reading and writing. Thank you – another brilliant Chris Quigley training day.

Having examples in our packs to take back to school and have a go with was great. Excellent day.

Listening to Chris always reminds me of why I went into this business. He just makes sense. Many thanks as always.

Some fantastic examples of longitudinal learning and cross curricular links. Many different aspects that can be cascaded to staff to develop whole school ethos/philosophy.

Examples of what working at greater depth is to ensure I can pitch questions right to help children enjoy being stuck.

Thinking about the curriculum in a different way.

Ideas to interconnect maths/introducing greater depth problems to children – getting children to be ‘stuck’ without panicking.

- 16.02.17 Newcastle upon Tyne

Very clear explanations of difference between differentiation and planning for greater depth. Keen to implement and try them.

Challenged us to apply the same level of thinking that we have recently applied to our mathematics. Found the assessment tool useful for creating a clear context. Really liked the ideas for poetry and the use of picture books.

The day was really informative and provided lots of practical activities and information to take back to school. Coming from a school that uses the Essentials Curriculum it was interesting to see how this fits with the other parts of the curriculum.

Creative feedback and marking ideas to help develop writing skills.

‘Expectations’ across 2 years was useful to consider.

Many and varied ideas on how to plan for greater depth.

Ideas for passionate writing. Really useful, my mind is buzzing with ideas to try.

Considering what ‘depth’ is in writing and realising it isn’t just ‘better writing’ was useful. Loads of ideas to take back into school. Andy was very easy to listen to and offered great ideas. Great presentation.

- 15.02.17 York

The idea of being able to make the teacher’s workload more manageable, Chris was so enthusiastic. I hope he can come to our school to inspire out staff. So informative, delivered in a very funny, entertaining manner.

Wonderful ideas for continuous provision within Key Stage 1 and 2.

Introduced me to a new and fresh way of thinking about the curriculum – especially the idea of the coverage mindset.

The discussion of assessment in relation to a basic, advancing and deep level of learning was useful. Very good course as always. It is always good to be part of a realistic course where the lead has experience and whose advice/teachings are of use. Thank you.

Ideas of progression of skills throughout school was great.

It was helpful to see the analogy with the cars. An enjoyable day with lots to take back to school.

Made me think differently and a change in mindset that I can take back to school. Longitudinal Learning – very interesting and something we will implement.

Useful to reflect on our current practice and great ideas to create more time to focus on deepening understanding.

Entertaining and informative.

I was particularly interested in the ideas for continuous provision. Also liked the drip, drip ideas for music and geography. Nice to have an explanation of why they got rid of levels. Liked the reference to driving a car, very clear. Excellent, with plenty of humour - enjoyed the personal anecdotes.

The relevance of longitudinal learning – it made so much sense when trying to teach history, geography and music.

- 15.02.17 Newcastle upon Tyne

Brilliant course. Inspiring with a brilliant speaker.

It has given me ways to make children think harder. Brilliant, very thought provoking.

Information you can use in the classroom straight away. Very informative with a lot to take away and think about.

Suggestions for questions that aid assessment and observations as well as challenge children’s understanding were useful. Clear explanation of B.A.D. and how to use it. Great presentation and resources. Inspired to teach!

I liked the teacher meeting and reporters idea. Great day!

Very good quality. The course was very interesting and relevant.

I like the empathy to the T.A. role in class dynamics. Left excited about applying new knowledge.

It was a fabulous day and we were thrilled to have 'the man himself' to throw all our questions at. Thank you very very much to Chris.

- Elaine Le Gros, Head Teacher, Rednal Hill Infant School, Birmingham

Thanks for sorting the day out for us at such short notice. You have continued to impress. It was great working with Alex, the feedback we have got from across the cluster has been great. Everybody enjoyed the day and got a lot from it. Experienced teachers enjoyed the chance to look again at things they knew but had perhaps forgotten and younger teachers found what you had to say very informative and inspiring. Already staff are acting on things they took away from the day.

- Jonathan Bursnall, Head Teacher, Brook Street School, Cumbria

The whole day was extremely useful and really supported us in our thinking. Chris is an inspirational speaker who is able to put present complex issues in a very simple and clear manner that compels you to act. It was particularly helpful to hear the research based evidence that underpinned the key messages as well as the humorous anecdotes and analogies. We had the luxury of spending the day after his visit discussing what we had taken away from his presentation and there was unanimous support for making change. I would like to say a personal thank you to Chris for his input, I was lucky enough to hear him in September and hearing him again has ignited the passion for change yet again. It was a truly inspirational day and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive and left us with lots of food for thought.

- Amanda Talbot-Jones, Head Teacher, St Denys Primary School, Southampton

Chris presented the information in an informative and entertaining way. He appealed to all levels within the audience. He simplified, through the use of practical examples, the way to resolve some of the difficulties experienced in school. He was knowledgeable and able to offer alternatives for every staff member to take away. We had a wonderful day and I struggled to make comments about how to improve.

- Bev Allford, Head Teacher, Ravensfield Primary School, Tameside

- 08.02.17 Portsmouth

The whole day was very useful.

Fantastic, very inspiring, thank you.

Really enjoyed the course – shame it didn’t finish later (can’t believe I’m writing that!)

Resources and ideas – easily transferable.

Understanding ideas behind removal of levels was useful.


Changing my mind-set – planning activities into all areas of the curriculum.

Excellent C.P.D. and really useful resources and materials to support C.P.D back at school.

I liked the regular times for reflection and application to our own school. These gave time to think about how to implement/adapt for our own specific situation rather than having to remember at the end and rely on memory/notes.

Identification of teaching strategies for B.A.D. was great.

A great day – informative and loads of ideas that can be brought back to our own schools.

Eye-opening! Chris should be leading this every day of the week.

Actually clarifying what ‘greater depth’ actually is and giving examples of the provision was useful.

Very effective and engaging.

I loved it!

Challenged my understanding of depth.

Really engaging speaker. The impact of this course will be amazing!

Examples of activities and questions for greater depth that give a good basis for the school to plan and use. Real examples that can be used and adapted.


Interconnection problems – changed my mind-set about how our maths curriculum is delivered.

All of it! Exposition of philosophy and rationale coupled with practical tasks and suggestions. Excellent!

Thought provoking delivery.

Different types of teaching for different stages of learning was useful.

Practical ideas to take back to school. Delivered from a realistic understanding of what it’s currently like in schools.

- 07.02.17 Newcastle

I like the idea of making mathematics understandable for every child.

The concept of ‘mastery’ itself and different ways of approach were useful.

This course will be valuable to develop the school’s curriculum.

The various links and connections that can be made within the curriculum were useful.

A great event which helped me with my understanding of mastery maths.

Problems for higher ability/greater depth were great.

Chris – always great at giving us time to think which supports mastery and deep thinking.

Food for thought – ideas to support various approaches and interconnect-ability.

Lots to share in school – very useful.

A great course – have learnt a lot. I will have a lot of ideas to return to school with.

Made things clearer for me.

Purposeful, useful, lots of ideas/pedagogy to share in school.

Great and pacey course covering many areas to take away and think about.

Intra linking the curriculum and passing some areas into other subjects to save time was pertinent to my school.

Alex was sensational and a true inspiration to my staff. The emails flooded in from staff last night saying how inspired they felt. Makes my job of designing a new curriculum a lot easier so please thank Alex on my behalf! Keep up the great work.

- Danny Bullock, Head Teacher, Uplands Junior LEAD Academy

Richard was superb with lots of real world/practical examples. His depth of knowledge came across well and the material fitted our needs well with staff having increased clarity on how to apply mastery.

- Anita Krishna, Halifax Primary School, Suffolk

Please thank Andy on behalf of our group of schools!

We had another brilliant inspiring session - sending staff back into the classroom in 2017, filled with enthusiasm and excited to make a change - as one Head reported staff were 'just buzzing'.

Andy, as always, delivered a professional entertaining training day - filled with a myriad of examples of good practice, and ideas on how to improve the classroom delivery of writing. He inspired both teachers, support staff and SLT to consider how they could develop a definition of year group expectations in writing. With the whole school staff arriving at a coherent approach, they could see it would be easy to have a relentless focus on consistency.

Our event was another great partnership success - with your eye on the detail of the day and Andy's professionalism it was never in question! Thank you.

- Bungay and Halesworth Schools Partnership

Chris was a very engaging and knowledgeable presenter. All delegates who attended said that their expectations of the day were fully met, with the majority of teachers stating that their expectations were exceeded. All delegates were able to identify key areas of focus for their follow up work in school.

- Achieving for Children, Deep Learning Conference, Kingston and Richmond Schools

Karen led a twilight session on Learning Without Lessons. As a school we work in a cross-curricular way and so this session was very affirming. We have begun to look closely at continuous provision and plan to do more on it on our next inset. Karen was a fantastic communicator.

- Mel Shackleton, St James' CE Aided Infant School

- 07.12.16 - 08.12.16 London

Well paced with excellent visuals. You are inspiring (awesome) Chris.

New way of approaching differentiation and progress.


Getting real activities to give to the staff and children to see what greater depth could look like.

Inspirational. It makes me want to teach.

The approach: Fun at the core of learning; methodologies as a supportive framework, rather than a limitation – great.

Chris was inspiring.

This was an excellent and interesting CPD.

The 2 days have sparked my love for teaching again. I can’t wait to implement some of the ideas in the classroom and watch the children flourish. Thanks Chris!

The conference had clear outlines which were shared with clarity and enthusiasm. Thank you!

I feel so empowered in my knowledge of what greater depth is and how to implement this new culture in my school.

Chris was incredibly engaging and informative. He was very inspirational and inspiring. I can’t wait to take these ideas back to school.


Absolutely brilliant course that will definitely impact on my teaching and how I will lead maths in my school.

Feeling very inspired!

Outstanding A*.

I really liked the ‘interconnected maths’ plan.

Very inspirational – looking forward to sharing with all staff.

Deepened my understanding of what great depth is.

Examples were brilliant.

I was unsure of how to promote depth in English but now I feel much more equipped to return to school full of ideas.

This was such a wonderful course. I feel re-energised and re-motivated.

Listening to Chris and his ideas gave so many solutions and echoed many thoughts I’ve had over the years.

Fantastic, humorous and thought provoking.

The course showed an understanding of current school difficulties.

The course materials are a great reminder for further discussion, back at school. Very helpful.

It is very difficult to pick out the most useful parts of the course as it was all absorbing and enabled me to re-evaluate my teaching and focus.

It was useful to discuss progress and how to show/provide information for a trust.

Very informative with a range of fantastic activity examples.

I have learnt that the curriculum objectives are intended to be learnt over the key stage, not the year.

Fantastic speaker – engaging and provided plenty of anecdotes which link to the topics.

A fantastic course. All useful content. Great resources.

Professional and inspirational.

Fantastic! I was focused throughout.

This course has given me permission to be creative.

Fantastic, refreshing. 10/10.

Perfectly delivered – engaging, entertaining.

Challenged current practice of ‘mastery’ and identified practical ways forward.


Extremely well delivered and real examples demonstrate how we can do this/back up theory.

Clarified what greater depth is and how we can adapt our provision. Practical ideas to ensure that our curriculum is allowing our children to develop their skills.

- 02.12.16 Essex

Very good, would recommend to other colleagues.

Good information about progression of skills and activities to encourage this.

Very exciting! Thank you.

Very inspiring day.

Very well presented – thought provoking and inspiring.

I found everything really useful – great ideas to take away, really appreciate the packs given out.

Lots of ideas for cross curricular links and resources to share at staff CPD. Questioning tips are useful to develop deeper learning.

This has been one of the best training days I have been to, it has been very engaging and useful.

All of the clips, resources, books and discussion were useful. I feel like I am leaving with a wealth of knowledge that I can now try and use.

Excellent. Full of useful resources and information. A clear layout.

Excellent resources – particularly on artists and how to embed mastery and deeper critical thinking.

Great ideas on how to deepen.

- 29.11.16 Newcastle

Good value.

Recognising the need for learning to be advanced and not ‘achieved’.

Further establishing the difference between breadth and depth was useful.

Excellent quality. Great ideas and resources to take back to school. I would definitely recommend.

Understanding depth vs breadth.

Very useful, ideas can be shared in school and help evaluate the current curriculum in school.

Content, connections and cross curricular work, particularly maths, within subjects was useful.

Longitudinal learning – if we can take some aspects out of lessons and make them ongoing or continuous, this will free up time to focus on depth.

Definition of ‘Depth’ and how it can be achieved was useful.

Really engaging course which gave me lots to think and talk about. Feels like you are being supported by a real expert with a passion to improve education. Thank you.

Overview given at the start of the day to clarify position in education at the moment was useful. Practical examples given for a very wide range of subjects and objectives.

Allowed materials to be shared in a format that can be delivered back at school.

Thinking about what we are doing currently and asking why! Providing examples of ways to combine areas of the curriculum, but also explaining the benefits of doing this.


Really enjoyed it – explanation of mastery as a learning approach not a teaching approach was great.

The differences between curriculum and national testing agenda were useful.

Andy delivered the session in such a way that it was appropriate, engaging and relevant for every member of staff, whatever their role in school.

- Julie Slater, Deputy Head Teacher, Trinity CE Primary School, Wolverhampton

- 24.11.16 Newcastle

Delightfully delivered.

Continued inspiration to strive to produce a better pedagogical understanding of children’s learning. It is easy in the current external climate to feel sucked of life! I have two terms left to make a difference! Thank you.

Thank you – so much to think about and apply in our settings.

Excellent – relevant, timely and really helpful for what we want to do/where we are going in school.

Fabulous day – provided plenty of useful approaches to use in school in order to evaluate our teaching and learning.

Delivered what I needed, expected and more.

Thank you, very much inspired and excited.

Very good delivery and mixture of styles.

Such a well considered, planned for and evidenced course which is insightful and supportive for schools to move forward strategically.

One of the best courses I have been on during my teaching career.

Alex’s explanation of the CQ materials and thoughts on education have clarified so much for me and really inspired me to drive my team forward with new initiatives.

I would thoroughly recommend.

Thank you very much for a very informative day. The course was well structured and well delivered.

Inspiring. Another brilliant course, which is appropriate and inspiring.

Excellent course with a lot of ideas to put into practice.

Resources and strategies to improve quality of knowledge gathered about my school. Re-ignited ideas/strategies that I used to use but have been forgotten.

Very informative and useful.

Feel inspired to share with staff and implement new thinking.

Totally understand and want to embrace learning walks and talks in an effective way that will support both children and staff. Really appreciate the inclusion of Early Years (we are often/always left out of whole school initiatives!)

- 23.11.16 - 24.11.16 Birmingham

Made me think about practice in school in terms of planning, lesson time etc.

Very awe inspiring and thought provoking.

Thank you for producing even more great resources to support great teaching in classes that the children will enjoy and thrive on.

Particularly got a lot out of the writing section.

Chris is so enthusiastic about what he is teaching and clearly believes in it. He makes all of us see the possibilities.

The whole course has been so inspiring and encouraged me to question my teaching styles.

All sessions were well led, clearly explained and were relevant.

Practical ideas e.g. SPaG mat and writing sketchbook that can be used in the classroom.

Great tips on how to implement a Mastery Curriculum in my school.

Excellent and inspiring.

This has been much more than getting a better understanding and going back to school with ideas. It’s about really reflecting on and unpicking the cultures we have in school and considering ways we can ‘shuffle and nudge’ ourselves further along the journey!

I feel inspired and motivated… and ‘positively’ challenged!

Confirms that the culture of the classroom/school is so important.

Worth driving 74 miles each way for, twice.

Feeds the soul, thank you.

Unpicking what the greater depth concept looks like and how we can go back to school and evaluate what is working was great.

Wow! A fantastic two days. Good to know we are on the right track as a school but still some way to go.

The role of coaching in children gaining greater depth was useful.


Perfect balance between presenter input and professional discussion.

Deepening the understanding of genres enabling deeper learners to personalise their learning and express themselves using whichever genre suits their style.

Brilliant document given at the start. Made me really think about what I need to do in practise and what my children could access.

Excellent. The course material is always extremely useful, informative and well organised. Chris is an inspirational speaker! Love him!

Lots of positives to take away for our school and aid professional development regarding greater depth specifically.

Exploring conditions that need to be present to ensure pupils have the opportunity to ‘deepen’ understanding.

A wide ranging and thought provoking two days, with practical suggestions for schools.

Exploring the attributes of learners working at greater depth was useful.

- 22.11.16 Cheshire

The day was interesting and engaging.

Great to work in a small group to have questions answered and time for discussions with Alex.

Ideas and practical help to advance children through art was great.

Great delivery, knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

Examples of how to include and use art in all areas were great.

Easy framework to follow.

Discussing the differences – Basic, Advancing and Deep was useful.

Very good, trainer was very enthusiastic and informative, good delivery.

Sharing ideas and seeing books was great.

Very happy. Full of ideas to take back to school and hopefully place into planning. Thank you.

Inspiring and enthusiastic delivery.

Outstanding quality.

Alex was both engaging and passionate – a very well thought out presentation and the planning structure was excellent.

Lots of ideas which can be integrated across all key stages.

- 17.11.16 Cheshire

Looking at the questioning of the higher level children was useful.

How to create a writing rich environment so children are immersed in quality writing all the time.

Great knowledge and good resources.

Thank you – it was a very interesting day with lots of good, practical ideas to try.

Whole school approaches to developing consistency in writing was useful.

Opportunities to reflect on consistency in writing across the whole school and clarity on the idea of ‘mastery’.

Really valuable day – thank you.

Lots of ideas for cross curricular writing and progression in writing.

Really engaging and positive – helpful in many ways.

Looking at whole school approaches – authors, sentence types, marking objectives was useful.

Inspirational – it has reminded me of the things I love to do but have lost in recent times due to shackles.

Expectations of writing in each year group, idea of coming up with a school poster for key features of genres was excellent.

Andy is a really inspirational speaker, which kept me enthused all day. Thank you.

So many ideas and resources to use in the classroom, practical ideas too which can be used straight away.

Andy is a very inspirational presenter – encouraging, enthusiastic and inspiring.

The way information was presented/explained was great.

A chance to reflect and consider use of drama and how to use Milestones/LO.

- 17.11.16 Sheffield

Very engaging – lots of reflection time and real life scenarios.

Practical examples of how to use things in context.

Chris has a fantastic manner when presenting his work. Very interesting.

Chris’ vast knowledge of what sort of questions are needed to assess where children are and what is needed to move them to deeper understanding was useful.

Excellent – lots of ideas to share!

Thank you for such an informative session, anecdotes made it all the more enjoyable.

Coverage at a strategic level as well as class based.

I thought it was very useful and informative.

Much better understanding of assessing where children are through questioning.

Good booklet to take away.

As the Assessment Co-ordinator this was really useful and has given me lots of ideas for adjusting our current systems and ideas for staff training.

Excellent. Lively, engaging and informative presentation.


Lots of new learning concepts taken on board.

The video modelling of how to do it was useful.

I like the question examples, I can use this to help with planning.

Clear delivery by Chris, obvious deep passion and understanding of how children learn.

A very useful morning, lots to take in and think about.

Step by step practical ideas about assessing children under the new curriculum.

I brought 5 staff because of the discount which made it affordable.

Chris has a very engaging manner.

- 16.11.16 Harrogate

Style of delivery gives confidence and reassurance to the role of the Teacher.

Exploration of Maths was great!

Great ideas to take back to school and discuss with staff – will definitely follow through on ideas and explore possibilities for change.

As a school we have a good understanding of greater depth – but the course gave me a way forward with the concept of longitudinal learning and how to ‘fit it all in’.

The best course I’ve attended in years and has completely made me re-think my approach (and our school’s approach) to making links, saving time and covering the skills needed in order to improve skills across the curriculum.

All parts of the day were very thought provoking and I particularly liked the advice to focus on skills, not content/knowledge. The history discussion was particularly interesting, especially the ‘theme’ approach to teaching instead of the traditional ‘topic-based’ approach.

Chris was very knowledgeable. He shared his ideas clearly, with humour, giving lots of time to reflect.

Lots of valuable resources. Chris is a lovely speaker. I have really enjoyed his course. 10/10.


Chris’ style keeps people engaged.

Many thanks for another well delivered day.

Practical ideas that can be implemented straight away.

Ideas, challenging the norm.

Revisiting through continuous provision and making it applicable to the milestone was useful.


Different and effective ways to approach planning the curriculum especially in foundation subjects.

Loved the ideas for continuous provision across the subjects and the scrap book idea to show progress over time.


Really enjoyed today. Provided clarity and renewed enthusiasm in challenging times.

Ways to slim down the curriculum were useful.

Professional dialogue delivered in a real way.

- 15.11.16 Newcastle

A very enjoyable day. Chris is very inspiring. It was a lovely venue to network in.

Thanks for your humour. You understand children. You understand Teachers, and you understand/inspire Leaders.

Thank you for such a thought provoking course. This is the fourth course given by you that I have been on.

For me personally I loved the wheel at the end of the session. I have copied this and enlarged it.

A great deal of common sense applied with a professional approach.

I thoroughly enjoyed your take on shaking up the curriculum but not by ‘throwing the baby out with the bathwater’.

Excellent. Would 100% recommend, thank you.

I feel very inspired and motivated. Very practical ideas that can be immediately implemented.

So many great ideas for continuous provision of art, geography etc.

The whole day was of great benefit, for various reasons. The theory behind the mastery approach has, for example, changed the language we will use in identifying learners in the classroom, encouraging us to consider how best to support them and the afternoon has given us several usable approaches to grow questioning throughout the school. Andy's presentation was engaging, informative and challenged every member of staff to consider their own approach to 'questioning'. Outstanding.

- John Sheard, Assistant Head Teacher, Loxdale Primary School, West Midlands

- 8.11.16 Newcastle

Great morning – thank you.

Lots of ideas for the classroom and for working with other staff.

Lots of helpful hints.

I learnt new ideas to help with fluency, reasoning and interconnectedness.

An extremely useful and informative morning. Thank you.

Using visual images to represent problems. This is something our school has tried to do but I never understood how to apply it until today. This course has changed my way of thinking and encouraged me to pass this on to the rest of the staff.


Developing a clear understanding of the concept ‘mastery’ as there is generally lots of confusion around the term.

Idea of mastery teaching – it was good to have mastery work explained clearly – not about moving up but greater and deeper understanding.

Friendly, informative and challenging.

Reassurance that levels and needing to show rapid rates of progress is gone.

Resources will be useful to use at school.

Useful to be with a leadership colleague – we loved the bar method.

Fantastic – thank you.

Defining the different cognitive domains and suggesting questioning around the areas was useful.

- 8.11.16 Essex

Excellent as ever!

Brings together the CQ approach that we are immersed in.


All tied in together very well. Structured to aid improvement.


It will support senior leaders in self-evaluation as I expected but will also help us develop an embedded teaching and learning policy over the year and support subject leaders to monitor depth.

Thank you, very inspiring.

Gave me a wider viewpoint of quality assurance and self-evaluation.

Looking at ways other than observation to move forward with the quality of learning and teaching.

Inspirational and innovative

I liked all the models and proformas.

Discussion of work scrutiny, learning walks, consistency and management was excellent.

Very good quality. It was everything I wanted from an INSET day. It enthused and inspired staff, gave them concrete ideas to try out whilst also giving a good overview of what the whole picture should look like. There was plenty to chew on for leaders, Teachers and TA's. Andy's delivery was engaging and easy to stay with. He took the whole staff with him and they were really enthused by the day. Thank you.

- Sally MacDonald, Head Teacher, Greythorn Primary School, Nottingham

The messages were clear and insightful. Staff were so motivated by the day that they were texting me at home that evening! The morning session was especially useful as the reasons for reorganising our curriculum were obvious to all the staff attending. Staff enjoyed Chris' stories and humour but they were all grounded in thought provoking content. Please thank Chris and the team for such an enjoyable and interesting day.

- Jude Yoxall, Deputy Head Teacher, Beckstone Primary School, Cumbria

- 4.11.16 Essex

I was thoroughly engaged, thanks Andy!

Lots of thought provoking ideas discussed.

It was really useful breaking down the B.A.D. idea.

Thank you for an excellent day – worth every penny!

Getting back to what matters. Simple changes such as calling the children ‘authors’ and referring to what we’ll get better at.

Brilliant day, thank you.

Andy was very easy to listen to. He made sense and made it entertaining!


Andy was really enthusiastic and helped relate the ideas with real school life. He was brilliant!

Excellent – very engaging and lots of new ideas.

Creating opportunities for purposeful writing to empower children as authors.

Lovely day. Lots of inspiration to take back to school. The trainer was fantastic – very engaging.

Discussing the terminology used with children and how to focus the learning objectives was useful. I realised that it is necessary to slow down and work in greater depth – quality not quantity.

I loved every part!

Long term planning ideas were great.

Exploring how learning looks at a Basic, Advanced and Deep level – this was explained very clearly.

Lots of useful info re mindset and new curriculum.

Wow! Amazing ideas and charismatic presenter.

Enjoyed all aspects as we are remodelling the curriculum and has given lots of food for thought.

Quality of materials and handouts were good and useful.

Andy is inspirational to work with. He challenged and guided us and left us with a list of key areas to work on. Brilliant as usual!

- Lisa Cannell, Head of Junior School, Westbourne School, Sheffield

Training was excellent! We found the explanations of the expectations of progress were the most useful, so we now have a clearer understanding of using EYFS data and lines of good progress. Sophie was easy to work with and happy to tailor the morning to what we needed.

- Sarah Brew, Deputy Head Teacher, Thomas Hickman School

Sophie was knowledgeable about the DoL system and it was really useful to talk to her as we discussed the spring data. Sophie brought some samples from the moderation documents which was really helpful. It was a very useful meeting that helped us to move forward with our data analysis.

- Fiona Phimister, PA to Head Teacher, Bowling Park Primary School

Sophie was able to offer our school a personalised approach as the training was only for a few members of staff. She answered all of our questions immediately and was able to give personalised demonstrations of the program. It was also useful that Sophie had brought handouts and some samples of other relevant resources for us to look over. Sophie was knowledgeable and ensured we were fully au fait with DoL before she left at the end of the session.

- Sonya Black, Deputy Head Teacher, Throston Primary School, Hartlepool

It was great to spend time working in a small group with Sophie. We could ask the questions we needed answers to and Sophie was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. It was a relaxed session and she was able to answer many of our queries. She could also tell us about things that were coming up on the system and other products available that might help us. A really, really useful morning. It was lovely to work with Sophie.

- Ally Lawley, Deputy Head Teacher, St Botolph's, Leicester

The most useful part of the session was Sophie's familiarity with the website and our realistic needs as users. Being a personal session she was able to answer our specific questions, from trialling the system, model on the website and explore the best options for us. It felt as though she was problem solving and training us rather than delivering a pre-planned course which was exactly what we need at this stage. Sophie patiently listened to our experiences and explained everything clearly. Thank you.

- Polly Broadhurst, Head Teacher, Adlington Primary School

- 19.10.16 Cheshire

Very useful.

Greater clarity around mastery and depth and how to evidence this. Excellent examples to work through with staff around the changing culture of learning talks/walks and observations.

The informal setting and small group allowed for questions from individual schools.

Resources are effective and not going to cause huge workload for staff.

Fantastic ways to implement monitoring and assessment straight away. Useful resources to support different leaders: SLT, middle leaders, subject leaders.

This day has been very inspirational. It will be useful for all subject leaders/teachers to follow.

It was helpful to see examples of ‘Learning Talks’ through the video clips.

Fantastic day – all aspects were very useful. It was really good to see and hear about real examples of how the systems are being used in school settings. Excellent delivery.

Delivered really well with great examples.

- 18.10.16 Gloucester

Fabulous concepts.

A fantastic day – so much to think about and lots of possibilities. Thank you.

Helps you to reflect on yourself as a teacher and remind you about why you came into the profession.

Helpful to see how classroom practice could change to being more child-led and purposeful – not just ‘taught’.

Inspirational – a lot of thoughts for the future!

A variety of ideas to deepen across the curriculum.

Really enjoyed today – thank you.

Lots of good examples/ideas.

All of it was useful! Lots and lots of ideas to take back to school to share with staff.

Change of mindset from teaching from a very focused ‘modelling/explanation’ approach to a more ‘problem solving’ approach.

A new spin on continuous provision.

Inspiring and passionate speaker.

Really good ideas – love the rationale.

Intra-connected curriculum – very thought provoking. Good pack to take back to school.

Very thought provoking – a good starting point for discussions back at school.

Objectives that can be met through continuous provision.

Great explanation of how to support and promote deep learners.

Practical examples that I can implement.

Loved the idea of cohesive curriculum learning.

Helped me clarify my own thinking about the curriculum and the ‘vision’ for learning principles of learning. This is something I have been trying to work towards – today has given me clarity and lots of ideas.

Upbeat, entertaining and memorable. Thank you.

Being able to use continuous provision to develop and deepen children’s understanding and knowledge was useful.

Really thought provoking – great ideas to make our own.

Continuous provision – how to carry on from Early Years – weaving through day to day great ideas.

Chris is inspirational to listen to.

Ideas on how the classroom and curriculum could look. It was useful to see how it could look/work in practice.

Focus upon providing depth in the curriculum and the ways this could be done.

The whole day was really inspirational and the staff felt very empowered and positive about taking our foundation curriculum forward. We also had a governor attend and he commented on what a fantastic event it had been. Many thanks to Alex for a great day!

- Mark Church, City Academy Whitehawk, Brighton

Chris covered everything that had been asked of him in a calm and measured way. As always, he was very thought provoking and provided a lot of very practical advice. 11/10!

- Su Plant, West Midlands Consortium

- 13.10.16 Portsmouth

I have been to a couple of presentations before and each time I learn more.

The practical examples that backed up the principles were great.

A fantastic day, I feel that it has really made me think and want to change my current mindset.

Loved the Maths Mission ideas.

I will now stop worrying about coverage so much.

Extremely good. The day was exactly what I was expecting from the publicity literature.

An extremely good day. I know there will be a positive impact on the educational experiences for children at our school.

Focusing on the importance of conceptual understanding and its importance was useful. Ideas for maximising the impact of the curriculum and being creative were great.

All was useful to really start thinking about ways to fit in everything in an already crammed day/week/term/year!

I have always said I can’t cover everything in the curriculum – now I have ideas as to how to! It was so enjoyable to have humour included in the delivery.

High quality booklet and ideas that can be implemented back in school.

Inspirational and motivational as always.

Loved the idea about continuous provision and dipping into different topics and themes across the year. Very inspiring!

Looking forward to new materials. It was good to see how the Essentials curriculum is being developed further.

Fantastic. Thank you so much.

So refreshing and inspiring! A fresh outlook on teaching.

Thinking differently – so much food for thought. It helped consider how and why we do what we do, thank you.

Lots of information to share with staff.

Innovative suggestions for getting the most out of the school day e.g. through use of continuous provision.

I really like hearing Chris’ anecdotes – making the job real!

Definition and visuals to show deeper learning were great.

Fascinating and thought provoking day. Inspirational. Our curriculum will change as a result and our provision will be more exciting than ever before!

Useful and well delivered as well as professionally organised.

Thank you – rarely do I learn enough to inspire me to make many notes! My staff are already afraid!

The day was really inspirational and engaging. I am keen to go back and share the possibilities.

I will look at the way I plan the curriculum. Very informative day, thank you so much.

Great, high quality, thoughtful and inspiring.

Pacey, humorous delivery allowed a huge amount to be covered in one day. Inspiring and enjoyable.

An approach to creating learning experiences for children that develops deeper and deeper understanding. I like the idea of milestones.

- 12.10.16 Oxford

Engaging presentation with good interaction/discussion.

Fab – just what we needed to take us forward now.

History was a great idea – why hadn’t we thought about that!

The idea of delivering the history curriculum was such a godsend!

Deep learning – difficult to provide teachers with strategies so this part of the course was very helpful.

It has given us a lot to think about and we have already decided what to take back to the staff in staff meetings this term!

All useful. We particularly liked the idea of longitudinal learning, revisiting skills regularly.

All very useful, lots of ideas and different ways to view the curriculum.

Excellent, thank you.

The idea that learning happens over time. It’s not so much ‘what did you learn today?’ but ‘how did you improve today?’ - such a key message.

Such an inspirational day as always. So much food for thought and practical approaches.

Maths approach was fascinating.

The day was all great, as expected. Gary was able to draw connections between our current approach, DoL and Learning Without Lessons. It's really useful to have someone other than myself giving staff the same message.

- Matt O'Grady, Head Teacher, West Horndon Primary School, Essex

Andy's presentational style was extremely engaging. The combination of his great sense of humour and clear expertise in the area that he passionately spoke about ensured that staff were engaged and enthused throughout.

- Becky Dickson, Deputy Head Teacher, St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, Peterborough

The help, advice and ideas that Andy shared from his wealth of first-hand experience, together with the devised programme that provided the vehicle to put it all across, took us all nearer to our goal of developing a shared understanding of what basic, advancing and deep looks like. Teaching Assistants, Teachers and Senior Leaders alike all took something away from the day which will improve our school both in terms of our curriculum provision and the assessment of it. Andy managed all of this with empathy and humour, which made it easy to listen to and absorb the ideas. Thank you Andy, we look forward to welcoming you to Withymoor again in the future

- Gill Harper, Head Teacher, Withymoor Primary School, Dudley

Having seen Andy previously, I knew that the staff would benefit from his input. He did not fail to transmit an important message. His humour, experience and stories enabled all to gain a clear understanding on the Questioning focus. He helped us consider the importance of framing questions and small changes to classrooms which would make an impact. All staff took something away which could be used and at the time of writing - I have just had a member of staff who has called me to her room to show a display that has been created since the end of the day.

- Shaun Miles, St Luke's CE Primary School, Staffordshire

Staff Inset was useful and gave staff confidence to speak to parents about our changes. Chris gave an excellent and inspirational talk to parents and answered questions well.

- Marie-Clare Gilfedder-Bonnar, Deputy Head of Juniors, Blackheath High Junior School

Engaging, informative, reassuring, useable, and very professionally delivered. Many Thanks.

- Simon Perkins, Head Teacher, Long Whatton CE Primary School, Leicester

Please would you pass on our thanks to Chris for today. He was inspirational and my staff are buzzing. It was an absolute pleasure to have him in school.

- Davina Clacy, Old Church CofE Primary School, Walsall

Alex has a great presentation manner which links theory with example. It engaged staff and met the brief perfectly, which was to summarise the creative curriculum, enthuse the staff about the new methods and inspire them at the start of the year.

- Zoe Dunn, Headmistress, UCS Pre-Prep, London

- 11.07.16 Newcastle

A fantastic course – inspired me for next year – thank you.

Developing a better understanding of deepening learning through an alternative teaching style.

It was all very useful – particularly getting a child’s voice for subject monitoring and examples of bar modelling.

Great visuals and resources to use.

I now understand that mastery is a process.

Bar modelling is a good idea.

To find out that age related expectations apply at the end of the key stage was useful.

Great presentation packed of information – all relevant and practical.

Clear explanations of progress and mindful practice.

Practical examples to take back for children and staff for training purposes.

Useful examples of activities.

A very good course with many ideas to take back to school.

- 06.07.16 Birmingham

Excellent – clear, concise - which made it easy to understand what we need to develop next in school.

Tasks to generate talk with children, not cold questions were great. Excellent presentation.


Discussing different levels of questioning. What does each ‘level’ look like? How it feeds in to all subject areas. It was really enjoyable and interesting.

Very well presented, practical ideas within a context which although is currently in chaos, enabled a greater understanding of what we aspire to.

A very clear presentation. We use the Essentials Curriculum in school so it was really interesting to listen to how we can use assessing through talk to strengthen our knowledge of children’s understanding.

Particularly liked the opportunity to explore B.A.D. questions and to revisit the importance of depth of learning. An excellent morning, thank you.

The 4 corners of a learning talk is a brilliant way to think about how to develop. Observable, checkable, discussable – great thought process.

The whole session was really useful. We have lots of things/ideas/talk/assessment to bring back to school.

I now know how to craft a learning talk.

Time to reflect on the milestones and assessment linked to these was great.

Unpicking the difference between basic, advancing and deep was useful.

Excellent, useful morning.

Learning talks – will be exploring how we will apply this.

Useful handouts made the ideas expressed much clearer.

Paced well and delivered clearly.

The video clips were very useful.

Suggestions for assessing cognitive domains were useful.

- 05.07.16 Bolton

Very thought provoking – moved me out of my ‘rut’.

Thank you for continuing to relate to the real purpose of our role – learning and developing young people.

Very pleased with the course.

Some inspirational ideas.

I think the course is an excellent summary of how to ease the curriculum stresses.

A deep understanding achieved!

A fantastic day.

I have loved today. Funny, inspiring, thought provoking and insightful. Thank you.

I have attended lots of seminars on mastery and depth and for the first time, I am absolutely clear on the concept! I loved the car analogy – great to share with staff and parents.

It was really inspiring and challenging to discuss the shift between teaching and learning, bringing back ‘awe and wonder’.

The delivery and organisation of the course was slick and professional.

I found it useful to look at what greater depth looks like and how to make sure you are delivering it.


I like the idea of daily rituals and constant revisits.

Challenging current ideas of curriculum delivery – lots of things to think about.

Given lots of food for thought in terms of organising our curriculum and making the most of inter connected learning and longitudinal projects.

Fantastic course as always.

Very enlightening.

Good explanations of the theory behind the Essentials Curriculum.

I liked the 3 cognitive domains and an alternative way to consider/measure progress.

All unique ideas and a different way of looking at cross - curricular teaching.

Very helpful and engaging, A+.

Sharing ways of making the curriculum deeper and richer by interconnecting other subjects.

Very useful day.

- 01.07.16 Bolton

Developing ways to interconnect areas of maths is something we promote on our PGCE programme in maths but this gives us a new way to look at it.

A really interesting morning which has refreshed and given me lots of ideas to try out in school.

Another great event – thanks.

Activities and ideas supported by educational thinking behind the 4 steps to mastery were great.

I now have a deeper understanding of how maths can be taught and how to use these ideas in other areas.

I enjoyed learning about the reasons as to why deep learning takes place and discovering examples and links across B.A.D.

The course gave me ideas about an interconnected curriculum.

A wonderful, thought provoking morning!

Examples of how to implement ideas into a class situation were useful. It was useful to put the fluency into context.

Fantastic course.

Clear definition about mastery in maths. Activities that promote mastery were great.

The clear description of what mastery/depth is was useful as was the outline and distinction of Basic/Advancing/Deep – always ‘heard’ terms but could never ‘visualise’.

I found it all useful. I enjoyed finding out about math missions. Practical activities will be useful to share with staff for CPD.

I now have a greater understanding of assessing children alongside progressing their domain.

- 29.06.16 Nottingham

Some thought provoking questions to take back to the SLT.

I attended this course with a colleague before and have to say I’m so glad that I returned with more colleagues. Great to analyse our current practice and further develop our provision – really enjoyed it!

Really interesting day – enjoyed every part of the day.

I have gained an understanding of what depth of learning looks like and how to develop strategies to develop mastery.

Activities to engender a culture of mastery.

Very useful ideas on how to differentiate within the classroom and understand the process children go through in order to achieve depth/mastery.

Very informative day, thank you.

Thought provoking and inspiring, a superb course!

I found the session on lesson objectives highly effective.

Good materials for use in our own INSET.

A super course, thanks.

Really engaging as always from Chris. Very enjoyable.

The verbs and ideas for B.A.D. are most useful.

Enthusiastic about using the ideas/thoughts of the day.

Good to be challenged. I look forward to using the ideas from the day and love the idea of shuffling forward.

Chris’ delivery was very engaging – the course held my attention throughout.

Good practical tips for how to implement the theory.

The course challenged my way of thinking about ‘levels’, ‘progress’ and the cognitive domains of learning.

Very engaging from beginning to end. I really enjoyed Chris’ presentation style – very inspirational.

A great day – very inspirational, learned a lot.

I hope to make some positive changes to my practice.

Exploring how questions can deepen learning using the same content was useful.

A really interesting, thought provoking course, thank you.

Your explanation of mastery was brilliant and now it makes so much sense!

I finally understand the purpose of the new curriculum and why levels were removed.

An opportunity to reflect on our own practice and gain a better understanding of how deep, advancing and basic relate to cognitive processes as opposed to levels of understanding or ability.

- 28.06.16 Sheffield

Great speaker, funny, professional and passionate.

Good to know how to deepen understanding throughout the curriculum, not just individual subjects.

Interconnected maths just makes sense.

We never cease to be inspired by Chris and his thought provoking sessions. He really is a true inspiration. The consultancy work and these sessions have helped us tremendously to find and shape our vision for our children.

Lots of ideas, can’t wait to try them out in school.

Inspirational delivery that can be used in our school setting with the needs of the children at the heart of the curriculum.

Rethinking ‘depth’ of learning was insightful.

Longitudinal learning – makes coverage easier and can come back and deepen knowledge.

Some brilliant ideas on how links can be made to give more time to delve into different ideas and how some learning can take place over time using continuous provision.

Thank you for the inspiration.

Very engaging course.

Emphasis on the importance of the Arts was useful.

Opens ideas to lessons not being taught by objective led activities but allowing children to explore.

Clearly explained, useful, comprehensive ideas.

A fabulous day – will definitely be tapping into CQE in the future, thank you for the inspiration.

Opportunity to evaluate what we already do, why it doesn’t work and where we want to be as leaders.

A fantastic and informative day with lots to think about.

Love the ‘maths missions’. I am buzzing with ideas to go away and extend into other areas.

Thinking about learning and not about ‘lessons’ and exploring the difference between breadth of study and depth was useful.

Very pleased to have come at this time of the year – a timely course that echoes how I am feeling as curriculum leader, regarding getting everything ‘in’ to the time available. Thanks.

Whistle-stop tour full of ideas.

Excellent training - thought provoking, inspiring. Chris was charismatic and he paced the sessions well.

Thinking about the 3 concepts of conscious connections, continuous provision and longitudinal learning and how to implement these were useful.

Spot on!

Longitudinal planning - refocuses and drives to create something more exciting.

First class – gave us lots of food for thought.

I love all the visual artwork – think the children will love it too.

Lesson plan pro forma’s are fab.

Clear, motivating messages that can be brought back to our own setting.

- 24.06.16 Birmingham

Very useful, thank you.

The evaluation cycle and how DoL fits in with this was useful.

Thank you!

It was a really useful course for the future of our school and children.

I loved delving into the rationale behind the tracking system before looking at the tracker.

I now have a better understanding of the tracker and its functions.

Attended in my role as a Governor and used the session to clarify what I needed to know. The session today was very helpful in doing this.

Very informative and very useful. I know how to take this back to staff.

Good overview of curriculum and tracking.

- 21.06.16 Milton Keynes

Fantastic – great resources.

A very useful and constructive day – providing useful prompts and frameworks to take back to school.

Clear explanation/definition of mastery putting it in a clear context.

Very worthwhile, useful resources and inspiring good practice.

I thoroughly enjoyed the day. You retained my full attention as you presented meaningful, reflective practices.

Many useful acronyms to take away and refer to.

I was able to relate the content to my role and my school.

Opportunities for discussion with colleagues and the speaker were useful.

An excellent learning opportunity and will recommend to others.

Clear and concise explanations of what mastery is and what it should look like.

Super course that has given me the next steps to improve my subject area and my overall practice.

The moderating folder is a great idea to support assessment of writing.

Lots of ideas for displays.

Fantastic course and brilliantly delivered.

The discussions of what mastery looks like in particular subjects were useful, as this has given me a better understanding on how to deepen learning.

Always interesting training with useful things to take away.

Talking about curriculum drivers and the mastery evaluations was useful because staff keep asking how to develop mastery.

- 14.06.16 London

I’m thinking in a completely different way.

Excellent, the philosophy is very clear. Highly thought provoking.

The chance to reflect on why/how ‘life without levels’ is empowering and how the curriculum – including foundation subjects – can be covered in the year was useful.

A great day. Thanks.

Very clear delivery excellently supported by the document provided. I feel very inspired to try longitudinal learning and continuous provision – as a start.

Excellent ideas to inspire in depth, cross - curricular learning.

Challenging thinking about ‘lessons’ and ‘learning’ was great.

Highly entertaining as well as extremely informative.

Breadth vs. depth of learning – love it.

Helping teachers to move away from content focused mindset which is a barrier to creativity and learning (deep).

Once back at school, I’m keen to explore the focus of putting measures at the centre of the maths curriculum.

A fun and informative day, thanks.

Connections to help save time and develop depth were useful.

It was an inspirational day. It gave the opportunity to re-evaluate my teaching, especially the way we plan and implement the teaching of different subjects. Longitudinal topic work is certainly something I want to experiment with.

Learning over time – a different approach.

Fantastic – very useful and relevant for what we are trying to achieve in Year 1.

Examples of continuous provision e.g. 4 clock classroom were useful.

A fantastic day as always. Great practical advice, thank you.

Emphasis on depth and freedom to consider and prioritise this ahead of coverage was useful.

A really thought provoking course with excellent materials.

Useful to look at how interconnections can free up time.

Very engaging and so much I would like to develop within school.

Fantastic speaker with great humour and with brilliant anecdotes as examples.

Very inspiring, I wish my SLT colleagues were with me!

We are using Essentials and have been for the last couple of years, but this has helped shape our thinking of where we need to go in terms of developing depth. We still have too much content focus in our teaching teams.

I think we have a coverage based curriculum – I want us to have a depth curriculum!

Speaker was very friendly, knowledgeable, approachable and well organised. Some great insights into primary education.

It was great to see a different way of approaching our ‘overloaded’ curriculum. I feel inspired to look with fresh eyes at linking learning within subjects as well as across subjects.

I like the ideas of B.A.D. and the structure of essential skills.

- 27.06.16 Staffordshire

Time to plan for own use with Alex’s support was great.

Advice on ‘deep’ activities and how to encourage deeper thinking was useful.

Knowledgeable and interesting speaker.

Good insight to different resources and not just English.

Excellent day all round.

All very good – planning time was very useful.

Alex delivered the course very effectively – thank you.

Having the time to look at resources and plan quality Basic, Advancing and Deep learning activities was great.

Alex’s subject/content knowledge was exemplary.

Alex was excellent.

I would definitely attend more Chris Quigley training – very interesting.

Ideas for reading activities – brand new ideas for me. Refreshing to be shown a new approach.

Very inspiring, re-lights the fire for learning from a good book.

Fantastic books to link ideas to.

I now have so many other ideas to take back to my class. I am fired up to help my children progress through B.A.D.

Advice and suggestions have moved us forward as teachers/managers.

- 20.06.16 Newcastle

Great course as usual, thanks.

I now have an understanding of what true mastery is – it’s not just using bigger numbers.

As Maths subject lead/SLT, I found this course extremely helpful.

Practical examples and clear explanations that allow the materials to be shared with staff at school.


Fantastic morning, extremely useful to me as a new maths co-ordinator.

Focusing on what makes a deep learner, seeing the level of reasoning required was great.

Good to have opportunities to try things out and solve problems, thinking about strategies.

Idea of mastery generally being available to all was good.

Interconnections with the curriculum content will be useful, as will ideas for activities to give to children.

Excellent – thoroughly enjoyed and really informative.


Ideas for reasoning and problem solving activities were great.

Excellent venue, 10/10.

Excellent delivery, very engaging and interactive. First ever Chris Quigley course and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Fantastic resources.

Exploring the definition of ‘mastery’, looking at the curriculum in an interconnected way and the notion of ‘depth’ were all useful.

Engaging and inspiring session – thank you.

Clear analogies of mastery as a concept. Great ideas to take back to school and share with staff. I really like the idea of interconnected maths missions.

- 26.05.16 Somerset

Pointers as to the right conditions for deeper learning to be achieved were great.

This was an inspiring conference which was refreshing and challenging.

Thinking about progression in a different way.

Gaining confidence in being an individual school and not going with the tide or current fashions.

An interesting and enjoyable day.

It was good to hear that creativity is still an important part of the new Curriculum – this seems to have been lost in the governments promotion of it.

Understanding the difference between basic learning and deeper learning was useful. It was good to see different ways I could implement it into my classroom practice.

Loads of relevant, useful ideas.

Characteristics of Basic, Advancing and Deep learning and ideas for questioning were useful.

Very engaging course. Always come away feeling enthusiastic and full of fresh ideas.

Useful strategies to encourage deep thinking.

Everything was ‘food for thought’ and very relevant to our school needs.

- 25.05.16 Birmingham

It has been a brilliant day - really thought provoking.

Fantastic food for thought. Lots to take back.

Clarification of what we should be looking for in lessons was useful.

Chris was a very good deliverer and held my attention well. I found the course made me think about my leadership and I particularly found the online observation tool useful.

All excellent! So much to think about and unpack. Super resources. Chris was very knowledgeable and inspiring, thank you.

Learning Lenses – so clear! Makes so much sense. An approach that will allow us as leaders to review, evaluate and further develop, but that staff will see as supportive of their own practice.

The R.A.I.D. assessment grid will be really useful to us during our moderation days.

Fantastic as ever.

Really interested in non-recorded and recorded progress and using talk to evaluate.

Excellent presentation style – great balance of information, discussion and learning from others.

I love Chris’ delivery and his thinking. Refreshing, inspirational and highly relevant.

I now have an understanding of what we as leaders should be ‘looking for’ in terms of progression.

- 24.05.16 Birmingham

Most relatable and inspiring.

Creative yet simple ideas for immediate impact.

Excellent, very well paced delivery, relevant material and practical resources.

Excellent, enthusiastic and inspiring delivery.

Loved the idea of conscious connections and longitudinal learning.


Definitely a source of inspiration. Thank you.

Sparked ideas for curriculum design and CPD for staff.

An excellent presentation!

Ideas of continuous provision were thought provoking and extremely useful, as were the mood board examples.

Lots of good ideas on making learning interesting and capturing children’s imagination.

Enjoyed the cross-curricular links for the themes and achieving objectives across the milestones.

High quality session and resources.

Awesome Art resource is definitely something we will utilise.

Practical ideas for ways to connect learning from different areas of the curriculum, and to allow the children opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills during ‘choice time’. As an Early Years practitioner I know how hugely beneficial such learning is to deepening children’s understanding.

A great course! Thank you.

Excellent examples backed up with clear rationale and thinking.

We found all aspects of the day extremely useful – particularly thought provoking were aspects of longitudinal learning and continuous provision.

Where do I start? Yet another inspirational day. The ideas behind longitudinal learning are fantastic – definitely going to be used to plan for next year. As always, the opportunity to share thoughts and ideas with other teachers is invaluable. Thank you.

Chris’ enthusiasm is infectious. I feel I have gained a wealth of information to take back to school to enable us to begin to develop our curriculum.

I feel excited about going away to plan the learning next half term.

Great day – very inspirational.

Only been teaching for 2 years and trained in creative curriculum schools so it was interesting to understand reasoning behind this and embed understanding. It has already made me think of ways to change my teaching.

As Geography and History Co-ordinator, there were lots of helpful ideas to make the curriculum interconnected.

I now have a better understanding of continuous provision and how it can support a very crowded curriculum.

- 19.05.16 Newcastle

Videos of learning talks were excellent. Extended my understanding of deep understanding.

The overview of assessment in the first session allowed me to think very carefully about the journey from levels to the “new world”. I suspect a lot of schools need this.

All was very useful. We seem to hear lots of different ideas from LA, media, other schools etc. so this course helps in developing more clarity. Great help in how and what to look for whilst observing and talking to children and how this can be meaningfully recorded and used to improve monitoring and assessment.

All parts were useful from background information to watching video clips. Discussion of terminology and creating a shared understanding were great. Lots of ideas to share with staff and lots of ideas on how to structure training.

We are totally sold on principles.

R.A.I.D. models of work sampling – idea of a piece of work being representative, rather than number of times something is seen, were useful.

Extremely thought provoking as it highlights the practical aspect for teachers and leaders regarding the principles of the new National Curriculum.

We can't praise Andy enough - he was fabulous! I've never had so much positive verbal feedback from a course. Please thank him on my behalf as I didn't get to see him afterwards to do so personally. Many thanks and if we can use you again in the future we certainly will!

- Fay McKirgan, Assistant Head, St Peter's School, Shropshire

My colleague and I attended the 'Behaviour Management' course today in Wolverhampton led by Andy. The course was delivered well and was very helpful and extremely useful. Andy was attentive to our needs and answered all questions. I can say with all honesty, this was the best course I have been on. Please could you pass on my thanks to Andy for a brilliant day.

- Alexandra Giles, Northwood Park Primary School, Wolverhampton

We had an amazing day with Andy yesterday investigating the Essentials Curriculum as well as leadership. I am certain that his support is going to continue to have an incredible impact here and I'm thrilled to have our dates booked in with him. I would anticipate wanting the same in the following academic year too - I think I would have a SLT mutiny on my hands if I didn't book him to work with us!

- Ellie Shaw, Head Teacher, Wilbury Junior School, Hertfordshire

- 17.06.16 London

Finding out about interconnected maths teaching – I had not previously done any training on this so found it very interesting.

Clarity on mastery/greater depth was very useful.

Very informative and very useful.

Clarification of mastery from the ‘Quigley’ point of view was useful.

A very useful course, as ever. Thank you!

Examples of non standard strategies were useful.

I now have a clearer understanding particularly of B.A.D.

Fantastic day – very positive experience.

Clear explanations of the removal of levels and a good explanation of what mastery means.

You will be coming to our school in September – hurrah!

Step by step training!


Examples, reflection times, problem solving activities – all useful.

The analogies really helped to put cognitive domains in a meaningful way.

Links in the curriculum overview were pertinent to me.

The types of mastery questions to use for greater depth were useful.

Everything was really useful. The course really helped me to develop my understanding and makes so much sense in how to approach maths in schools. It has given me confidence to make changes across the school. Absolutely brilliant course, thank you!

Explanations of problem solving were great.

A very informative course, explained in a very clear way.

Ideas for ways to save/create more time were great.

Lots of ideas of activities to do.

- 18.05.16 Bolton

Learning how to develop lines of good progress was useful.

I now have a good idea of how to use the Depth of Learning system within school and can share this effectively with the staff.

Well presented, interesting and engaging. Pitched at the right level and clearly explained.

I now understand different ways to assess and how to quality control assessments, the use of the DoL system and the potential it has.

Clarification of understanding of how Depth of Learning can support schools to show understanding.

Excellent system.

Excellent explanation of the Essentials Curriculum and how to utilise the DoL tracking system to support assessment improvement.


Very informative – Alex explained the tracker well and very comprehensively.

- 18.05.16 Newcastle

Really inspirational.

A much needed injection of positivity and hope in a time of low morale. Thank you.

All of the content has been incredibly useful. It has provided plenty of theory alongside practical applications and has given me a new boost of confidence in how to deliver the new curriculum. I love the ideas, especially linked to the continuous provision, and can’t wait to try them out.

A very entertaining speaker.

I could listen to Chris all day.

The course has given me so many ideas to take back to school and work on with staff to improve our learning provision, I’m going back to Leeds buzzing! An inspirational day, thank you.

Practical ideas for how to put objectives together to make the curriculum more manageable.

All parts of the day were useful and thought provoking – especially ways of looking at continuous provision in the curriculum.

The course has given a different and more motivating perspective on the National Curriculum which should allow us to continue to develop our creative curriculum – some much needed inspiration.

Practical examples and ideas for sharing with staff.

The message was clear and well presented (as usual).


The idea of ‘slowing’ down learning to build in ‘depth’ was great – with good, practical ideas of how this can be achieved.

Well worth investment of time and money.

Very efficient and worthwhile.

Really enjoyed all of it – the idea of making links between skills/progression across the entire curriculum was fab.

Refreshing and exciting to re-think how to approach the curriculum.

All of it was useful – the idea behind learning without lessons, the progression and the linking up in cross curricular ways.

Continuous provision across Key Stage 1 & 2 was useful. Ideas to consider looking at key skills across other subject areas.

Considering foundation subjects in more detail has been food for thought.

Very impressive.

Always leave refreshed in terms of motivation to improve the learning experience for children.

Time spent on clarifying ‘objectives’ of the new curriculum was very useful – refreshingly simple when re-visited.

Very interested in the idea of having continuous provision throughout the school to allow children to deepen their learning in a creative way.

Excellent advice on how the curriculum can be used more effectively and how to make it work for us.

Excellent – lots to think about and put into practice! Thank you.

- 17.05.16 Staffordshire

Excellent, extremely satisfied.

Excellent activities provided to promote mastery learning to take place.

There are things we can take to improve our practice immediately as well as long term to share with our colleagues.

So many ideas on display.

A very engaging day, thank you.

A very inspiring day. I have taken a lot away with me, thank you.

Using questions for progression – B.A.D. was very useful, I will be using this approach to drive my teaching in the future.

Practical ways to move questioning on in all areas of teaching.

Information about questioning for mastery across all of the curriculum including foundation subjects was useful.

Lots of active ways to improve questioning for mastery in the classroom.

Lots of ideas to take back to school. Very practical and motivating.

As I expected, Andy spent time getting a feel for the school and then time with staff in pairs. He asked them about the school, finding the strengths and areas we need to work on from all perspectives. He took time to build relationships knowing that he will be working with us for the foreseeable future. What I admire most about Andy is his ability to put people at ease and yet pose challenging and thought provoking questions. He was able to describe, discuss and explain the theory, process and application of the Essentials document. Staff went away feeling clearer about this huge change I am asking of them. I received a number of comments from staff today and all were positive about the meeting they had had. They were impressed by Andy’s vast and extensive knowledge of the curriculum and the many examples he could draw upon in order to demonstrate key points. Andy has such credibility but shares this in an unassuming way which inspires rather than threatens. On a personal level it has been so comforting and reassuring to know that I have Andy’s support over the next year. This shift will make a significant difference to our children and to our school and I feel very confident that we have made an excellent start – we are well on our way to becoming a ‘Quigley’ school!

- Lisa Cannell, Westbourne School, Sheffield

- 28.04.16 Leeds

Revisiting the principles of DoL and Essentials was useful.

Being able to ask pertinent questions, individual to each school, was great.

All excellent and well presented. I have not seen Alex before – excellent presentation.

The opportunity to discuss my own data and to particularly ask specific questions was very useful. A great morning, thank you.

The time to ask questions and play around with the data was useful.

Very informative session – good balance of practical activities and discussion.

Really clear information. Lots of time to ask questions.

All useful. The theory and practice was well explained.

All of the sessions were informative and relevant. Chris, as always, presented the course with the right balance of information, opportunities for reflection and humour. I think everyone took a great deal away from the morning and it certainly made us think about our own schools and possible ways forward to improve learning and understanding in our own settings. A brilliant day.

- Richard Mason, Head Teacher, Milking Bank Primary School, Dudley

Myself and another colleague had been on a course before Christmas with Alex and so we knew what to expect, because after this initial course we booked him for our school as we wanted all staff to gain from his insights.

He didn’t disappoint us as staff were very enthusiastic about it the following day.

- Ian Williams, Whitehouse Primary School, Ipswich

We had a great day! Andy was really helpful and in particular for me he helped with the self evaluation process, considering our own personalised ethos and curriculum drive.

- Emma Cooke, Head Teacher, Balby Central Primary School, Doncaster

Highly satisfied, overwhelmingly positive feedback from colleagues.

- Sheila Haigh, Ballifield Primary School, Sheffield

- 01.03.16 Cambridge - Day 1

Thank you Alex for a very clear and informative presentation. Very thought provoking.

Really excited about trialling Learning Talks back in school as I predict they will be a powerful tool. The materials provided to support this were very useful including the videos.

An opportunity to develop further learning as a teacher on mastery.

Very helpful, some real food for thought.

The more I attend courses/training, the more my understanding of the Essentials Curriculum etc. is deepened and connections are made.

An enriching experience to further develop Depth of Learning and our creative curriculum.

Work sampling was useful.

The concepts of Learning Walks and Talks and exploring the range of questions to use were useful.



Ideas to support staff CPD back in school.

Loving the Depth of Learning principles – thank you for bringing back real teaching and learning into the classroom.

Explaining learning walks and learning talks was fantastic. It will help us move the school forward. I particularly found the learning talk videos very useful and I would love to use these with our staff.

I like the thought that has gone into the preparation of this course. Your research tasks are very specific which helps us focus.

Great to watch examples of learning talks and walks too.

Very good quality.

It has given me a tool I can use back in school to have meaningful discussions in class when assessing pupils’ understanding. I can also use for having moderation discussions with staff in pupil progress meetings.

Excellent, as always.

Learning about the pedagogy and methodology of learning walks and learning talks was great.

The resource material and presentation were both excellent.

- 3.5.16 Cambridge - Day 2

Learning Talks have been so valuable. Keeping our school at the cutting edge. SIP’s really like them as evidence.

CQE training always gives me food for thought and sparks ways forward for my school. I always enjoy the ‘challenging of thinking’ around learning to learn.

Very thought provoking, lots of ideas to take back and implement.

Lots to think about. I found the link to art, inspiring.

It has great potential to make an impact in my school.

Really looking forward to introducing the ‘work sampling’ format, as this was something I was really looking for advice on as I have felt our traditional ‘moderation’ practices have not been effective.

Examples of ‘BAD’ learning talks and how to involve staff was useful.

This course has really shifted my mindset regarding assessment and its role within the school.

Resources, as always, are excellent.

Loads of great ideas about art and the use of pictures.

Love the approaches to assessment. Talk, walk, sampling.

Clear explanations by Alex. Thank you.

- 12.07.16 Cambridge - Day 3

Excellent – over the 3 days you have inspired me each day I have attended.


Brilliant presentation by Alex, yet again.

Seeing ‘real life’ examples from schools who had trialled the resources was excellent.

Opportunity to pull together all strands of assessment.

The day stimulated thoughts and ideas and helped us to reflect positively on our practice so far. It also gave us the opportunity to plan our next steps.

I have really enjoyed the experience – thank you. I do feel this type of professional development is so important for everyone.

We have really enjoyed working with you.

Really enjoyable. Great for moving our learning and assessment forward.

- 14.04.16 Day 2, Newcastle upon Tyne

Stimulating thoughts on how to create effective communication and interdependence between teams and groups.

Just a big thank you!

The course has helped my leadership development already and I am sharing this with other colleagues.

Great ideas to develop staff relations, useful ideas to help improve communication within our school and practical examples that I’ll be able to take in to school.

I always feel inspired after these sessions.

All elements will help to enable us to plan for some issues we are experiencing currently for a more positive end.

Thanks Andy.

Lots of ideas and inspiration from Andy.

I like the small group idea.

- 20.4.16 Birmingham

Thank you so much for such an inspiring day.

Can’t wait to explore what this would look like in a classroom.

An opportunity to evaluate the structure of the curriculum and to see the curriculum through fresh eyes.

I am going away inspired.

Interconnective learning to maximise learning and make conscious connections across the curriculum.

Very, very thought provoking.

Ideas of where to make links between and within areas of the curriculum were useful.

Really made me realise how useful continuous provision is. I really feel that this is an area my school could really develop and that all the staff could have a say in.

Practical examples allowed me to visualise how this will work and what it will look like in my classroom.

I have heard Chris speak before and as always, he is very informative and thought provoking. I will use and adapt his ideas to fit in with our SEN setting.

The maths (interconnected) is a fantastic concept. The examples of the continuous provisions were great to take back to a staff meeting and to introduce longitudinal learning.

Good clarity about mastery. I am much more confident about it now. Excellent support materials.

So much to think about. A very exciting day.

Very inspiring, great practical ideas.

Practical ideas for continuous provision, loved the examples of medium/long term plans.

Never thought of using ‘measuring’ at the heart of planning. This will free up time to move into greater depth and mastery. Lovely, feasible ideas that are daily rituals.

Thank you for an engaging, thought provoking day. It was made even better through your real life examples and analogies and your understanding of teaching ‘on the ground’.

Clear explanation of the reasons behind the problems we face.

Excellent. Would recommend, definitely.

I found the day very informative and I am inspired to look again at how we approach our curriculum.

A fabulous day, thank you.

Lots of ideas for making the curriculum a manageable feast so that children can learn.


The pace of the session was extremely good and time was given to reflect throughout.

Thank you so much for one of the most useful and uplifting courses in a long time.
A truly inspirational day - a breath of fresh air outside the current bureaucracy!
Andy Meller was very inspirational and I thoroughly enjoyed his talk - thank you.
More Andy Meller.
Thanks for getting Andy in - great reception by audience of Deputies and Assistants - he was worth every penny.

- Deputy Head Teacher and Senior Leader Conference, Ipswich

- 27.4.16 Milton Keynes - Day 1

It is very interesting to see examples of Learning Talks to aid discussion -keeps away from the paper evidence that teachers get hung up on and is an easy, practical way to help quality assure.

Brilliant chance to discuss ideas, plan time to try out ideas and not too over-loaded.

Learning talks and learning walks are brilliant tools – I’m looking forward to trying them.

The whole day was very inspirational. Truly thought provoking in developing my practice as a teacher and leader.

New ways to assess the school as a school leader, but also to develop the schools pedagogy.

Fantastic – just what we needed, especially in relation to role of subject leaders.

How to conduct effective learning walks/observations by using mastery characteristics was great.

An excellent course which will help us to improve and have a positive impact back in school. Thank you.

The course was resourced and presented extremely well and I am looking forward to Day 2.

Discussions around learning talks and how these can help us as leaders to quality assure teacher assessments was useful.

The whole day has been informative/useful. Inspired to go back to school and ‘get going’.

An interesting and thought-provoking day. Looking forward to exploring it further.

Excellent day – perfect for where we are at as a school. Building on the work we have in place based on Learning Lenses, Pitch Perfect Teaching and Essentials has given me and my colleague lots to consider in terms of professional development for our school and is perfect for our current work around middle leadership and depth of learning and assessment.

- 25.05.16 Milton Keynes - Day 2

All really useful to use to assess children’s learning and understanding as teachers.

The introduction of the R.A.I.D. model to use when work sampling alongside learning talks and learning walks was useful.

Thoroughly enjoyed – plenty of food for thought.

Thank you – as always.

Many tools given to support staff development.

The presenter was very good and had excellent subject knowledge.

It was useful to look at work samples using the R.A.I.D. template.

I now have a greater understanding of depth and how a range of sources of evidence can be used together.

A very thought provoking day.

The triangulations between all sampling methods is getting clearer.

Really useful and thought provoking.

All very useful – it was very powerful to share the talks and walks. I learnt so much about the depth of understanding.

- 07.07.16 Milton Keynes - Day 3

Inspirational, thought provoking, motivational – as always.

Looking at different work for moderation and moderation files was useful.

Thank you, thought provoking and very useful.

The whole 3 days have been extremely valuable!

Looking at the examples of medium, long and short term planning was useful, we shall use them next term.

All very useful in prompting thought and planning next steps.

A great course – deepened my understanding tremendously.

Alex is always very flexible and changes/steers his course to support us.

Lots of opportunities to discuss work scrutiny pro - forma’s and come up with beneficial uses, thinking about purpose.

Excellent as always, thank you.

Thinking about displays across school to get children really thinking was useful.

I have many ideas I can implement in school due to this course, thank you.

We found the whole day to be very inspiring and useful. Andy was great during the delivery of all sessions allowing plenty of time for discussions and Q&A. Feedback from staff was that it was one of the best INSET days they had had and are very keen to start work in developing ideas in their own classroom practice.

- Avnish Dhesi, Victoria Park Primary Academy, West Midlands

Andy led a fantastic day for us. He combined latest thinking, clear explanations and practical ideas/strategies to help our school develop its thinking about working at greater depth. This was all delivered in an enjoyable, humorous way that engaged the staff throughout the entire day.

- Rachel Andrews, Office Manager & PA to Leadership Team, Highfields Primary School, West Midlands

- 22.03.16 Birmingham

The links between SMSC/character development were very clear.

I would be looking to use the character side of this course in my own school – with Andy delivering it! I will be in touch.

A very useful and thoroughly enjoyable day. Andy was an outstanding presenter who led and facilitated the event with enthusiasm and energy. I certainly hope to work with him soon! Thank you.

Lots of food for thought and raising awareness of what we do and things we need to do more with.

Finding out the different ways of defining character education was great.

Great – really interesting.

It was great to look at the intrinsic/moral/civic/global aspects in detail to affirm what we already do and see what our further opportunities may be.

A great day – inspirational for not just character education but for other aspects of school leadership.

A very thoughtful and insightful day full of excellent ideas and tips to embed a character compass into the children in our school.

Excellent delivery and engaging discussion.

- 23.03.16 Berkshire

An opportunity to explore a different tracking system and to talk to colleagues.

Very interesting, topical, up to date and honest!

Clarified questions on the DoL tracker. We are now confident that this is the way forward for us.

An opportunity to look at own school data on Depth of Learning as well as reference to slides which can be used with staff/governors. The chance to ask questions during the session was also excellent.

Finding out about the end of Milestone forecast bands so I can see the bands to identify children just below was useful.


All very helpful.

Found all of it very useful.

- 18.03.16 Birmingham

Presentation was of very good quality and was well resourced. Very helpful and informative. I liked the 1 on 1 question and answer opportunity.

Looking through data and gaining a ‘deeper’ understanding of the assessment system was useful.

Great and informative, thank you.

Great clarity about the philosophy of depth of learning, the definition of mastery as a concept and the need to provide appropriate cognitive understanding.

Very inspiring and informative, raised questions about whole school curriculum and assessment approaches.

A chance to explore the tracker with experts on hand to answer my queries.

An opportunity to learn the functions of the DoL system.

Clarity on the background and philosophy behind DoL was useful.

A great course, very informative too.

All of it was useful for me. All my questions with the tracking system were answered.

Great as usual, thanks!

An opportunity to network with other schools to discuss how they are using DoL.

Hints and reminders about historic data (EYFS/KS1) and how this plots the lines of good progress means we now have accurate data.

Background and ethos very useful to frame the purpose of the system.

As a new user to Essentials, it was really good to have Depth of Learning explained simply.

It was great to have a chance to use ‘data’ on an alternative login to experiment with.

Online support by the DoL team has been very useful.

The ‘crib’ sheet for Ofsted is very helpful and I look forward to the parent version.

- 16.03.16 Southampton

Chris was very realistic in his approach and ideas.

Smashing – thank you. Lots of food for thought around developing our practice and staff understanding of depth of learning.

A very useful and inspiring Conference. Challenging thinking and approaches but with useful tools to try in the classroom and share.

Really interesting to hear the theory behind the practice and allowing us time to discuss and unpick from our own perspective.

Very useful to reflect on the three areas of BAD teaching and formulating questions.

Great delivery, thank you!

Excellent resources were provided and Chris was an outstanding speaker and facilitator. Thank you.

Practical examples of ways to assess depth and mastery.

The practical ideas and resources that we could take away were great. I will certainly use some of them in my next staff meeting.

This has been an affirmation of what we believe to be sound learning, teaching and assessment.

Great presentation, Chris. Thank you.

Thoroughly enjoyable, engaging and very informative, thank you.

Very impressive.

Clear understanding of the Basic/Advancing/Deep concept for different subjects, questions and activities.

Really professional feel with great subject knowledge. I really enjoyed the added humour.

Most useful parts were having my thinking challenged, how learning could look with the new National Curriculum, and exploring how to achieve depth and mastery.

Great resource pack.

Good to hear the messages I have always believed but which sometimes gets lost in all the daily ‘grind’ of education.

The day provided opportunities to reflect and focus on the pupils and the learning experiences they should be having.

Thought provoking as always!

How to generate deeper questions was useful.

An inspiring and reassuring day.

Very motivational – refocuses my classroom approach and stimulates me to be more mindful of my teaching style.

Exploration of depth and what teaching for depth might look like was useful. We have been trying hard to develop this and this course has really given clarity.

The passion for deep learning comes through and is energising.

A wonderful introduction to some big ideas. I really hadn’t understood the thinking behind the new curriculum/lack of levels before, let alone the concepts of depth and mastery.

- 11.03.16 Manchester

Clear delivery of the ethos and pedagogy behind the Essentials/DoL system.

We are using DoL and having colleagues together to discuss the key aspects discussed was fantastic. Excellent delivery and level of expertise from all trainers.

High quality training and advice.

Excellent materials, booking and trainer. A fab Friday!

Very useful day. The Q&A session at the end was very useful as you could answer specific questions.

Having the team to answer questions and give advice was great.

Handouts were very useful to a newbie.

Very motivational and positive.

Opportunity to use the tracker and then follow up/discuss any problems that may occur was great.

Knowing what OFSTED’s thoughts are was useful.

Good recap on the pedagogy behind the system and what underpins it.

An opportunity to explore the DoL system. The features to support the tracking of progress were great.

Excellent trainer.

Time to look at Depth of Learning and think about how to introduce it into our school was useful.

Very practical – I’m not scared of it anymore.

Made me think about the quality of all of our assessment.

Excellent as always, thank you.

Alex is a great advert for your company, knowledgeable and professional.

Having an opportunity to explore the DoL system further and have questions answered was useful.

Good to get updates and proposed updates to the system.

The team were very supportive and listened carefully.

Alex is a very good speaker; enjoyed listening to him.

As School Business Manager, I haven’t actually seen DoL before but I found the whole overview logical and easy to follow as well as informative and inspirational.

Wonderful. Thank you.

Delegates found the day extremely professional and informative. Alex‘s delivery and pace was well received. Delegates all commented on how enjoyable they found the day. Alex managed to reflect the curriculum needs of all 15 schools involved in the training, in the opening session, making the entire day relevant/personalised to each school. Delegates found the interactive elements of the training particularly engaging. A very successful day. We are looking forward to building on this training with the development of a consortium ”Mastery Network”.

- Catherine Crisp, Head Teacher, Hillmorton Primary School, Rugby

All of it was useful! Initial feedback from the delegates was extremely positive both for Andy’s key note section on creative leadership and his workshop on mastery. Comments included: ‘One of the best courses I have been on in a long time.’

Andy was a delight to work with; he was professional, punctual and flexible. He went out of his way to speak with delegates at break/lunch times and to liaise with other workshop hosts to ensure the day fitted together seamlessly. Andy’s knowledge/ experience of education and leadership was clearly evident and his style of delivery (and sense of humour) really engaging.

Personally, Andy’s presentation on Creative Leadership was particularly thought provoking. In the current educational climate, I came away with renewed enthusiasm for my leadership role in school.

All of the staff that I spoke with were professional, knowledgeable, accommodating and polite. They made the process of booking straight forward and hassle free.

- Nicky Ling, Deputy Head, Gorseland Primary School, Suffolk

We can’t pick isolated aspects as the whole day was fantastic. Really re-focused staff on what are the most important aspects of teaching and learning and how they can use this to inform planning and assessment. Delivery of the content was excellent and all staff thoroughly enjoyed the inspirational day. Excellent – from the booking, then if I had any queries they were answered quickly and effectively and finally the day was great. Thank you

- Rachel Clayton, Deputy Head, Christ The King Catholic Primary School, Birmingham

- 10.03.16 Durham

A very useful and productive day.

Course resources were useful and informative, they will be great to take back to school to share with the Head Teacher.

Greater understanding now of the new curriculum and how to teach it more effectively.

Thoroughly enjoyable and useful training.

Much clearer understanding of “mastery” and how to develop the necessary skills through questioning.

Very satisfied – useful and thought provoking.

Very interesting to think about cognitive depth. Lots to think about and take back to school.

Clear explanation of journey through the curriculum. I feel inspired and motivated.

Exploring the types of questions/thinking that supports pupils to “master” learning at a deeper level was useful as was opportunities to discuss with others how it all looks in other schools.

Loads of ideas for developing deep learning.

Questioning styles to develop deeper thinking were useful.

Knowing how to create the right learning environment to teach a deeper curriculum was great.

Very engaging presentation.

I will go back to school and relay it to staff – they’ll be pleased.

The ideas of developing mastery through Maths as a starting point and explanation of how mastery can be broken into manageable steps were useful.

Excellent as always.

I got a lot out of today to take back to school for staff development at all levels. Thank you.

Materials are of a high quality. Excellent course content and structure, great ideas and excellent presentation – very engaging.

Alex was great at linking the teaching concepts to real examples from practice. The morning was very useful for PGCE trainees and NQTs alike. We are going to build on this session by giving the trainees specific tasks to implement in their next school placement. This is not something that could have been done in the morning with Alex because of time, but is a way in which we plan to build on the excellent training he provided.

- Dr Nicola Smith, University College Birmingham

- 09.03.16 North Lincolnshire

Really appreciate the support materials and an opportunity to look at Chris’ other documents.

Excellent delivery and content.

Ideas for developing learning objectives, ideas for questioning and activities for ‘deep’ were useful.

Fantastic delivery and content.

Ideas for developing pedagogical approaches in school.

Discussion and mastery in maths was useful.


Really useful comments and ideas to take back to the classroom.

Ideas of how to support mastery and deeper learning within the classroom were great.

Very engaging speaker.


Outstanding content and delivery as always. Materials are so accessible. Very inspirational and thought provoking.

Very good – thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Engaging delivery rooted in solid ideas and good practice.

I found all parts of the day extremely useful. I will be able to remind staff of quality teaching/depth and mastery. I have recognised that we need to develop ‘creative’ children rather than just a creative curriculum and teaching.

Cracking ideas – the day was full of these.

Greater clarification of depth will support moving forward in school.

We are getting there – thanks for your help en route!

Really useful day – built on previous courses and Essentials etc.

Very organised – top rating.

Great pace, good opportunities to collaborate.

- 08.03.16 Birmingham

Chris was extremely engaging and had the special ability of holding my attention through the quality of his dialogue.

Examples of mastery activities to use in the classroom and a greater understanding of what mastery actually is were great.

Problem solving activity examples were useful.

Very tangible advice given.

Presentation and delivery were excellent. An inspirational speaker – very knowledgeable and linked to actual experiences.

Challenging ideas – i.e. concepts raised made you think and go back to fundamentals.

The break down of the concepts into learning objectives, examples of application and the explanations of cognitive domains were great.

My whole staff got the same message and this will help to further embed the Essentials curriculum.

All of the staff came and we could discuss things together, which was fab.

A very valuable day.

Excellent, very informative and inspiring.

Explaining what Depth and Mastery looks like and creating the conditions for this was great.

Presented in a very engaging way.

Made sense of the rationale behind the concept of depth to practical examples for the classroom.

Thank you!

Revisited the reasons that we as a school opted for the Essentials document. We are empowered to make changes within our school to improve learners’ experiences.

We are using Essentials and today was a great opportunity to deepen our understanding around these ideas. Thank you.

The resources were, as usual, very clear and useful to take back to school.

Thanks Chris, as always a great presentation.

Opportunity to revisit learning to gain greater depth.

Very good overview of ‘mastery’ process. This will support further school development.

Everything! This is the first time I’ve been given an explanation for the change of curriculum that makes sense! You have provided useful and purposeful ideas and strategies as well as a clear need and context for them.

The day was excellent. It had been tailored to meet our needs: to develop our understanding of BAD, to identify essentials for planning, to develop our understanding of responsive teaching and to develop the concept of levels of questioning.

- Pam Weston, Head Teacher, Summerfield Primary School, Milton Keynes

Training days went really well; staff are very enthused and re-engaged! Do thank Alex for us; he is a mine of information. Staff wanted even more time to pick Alex’s brain!

- Debbie Sims, Our Lady and St Benedict Catholic Academy, Stoke - on -Trent

The event was very well received by the 50 Teachers who took part. Gary was a great presenter and gave us lots to work on and think about.

- Stephen Hall, Executive Head Teacher, Orchard Primary School, London

- 09.02.16 Bolton

Great speaker who clearly understands the pressures of teaching and ways to tackle them.

Excellent – thoroughly enjoyed it.

Excellent, I have enjoyed the day and learned/revised lots of things. I am looking forward to discussing them at school.

Good ideas and approaches presented in a lively, interesting and accessible way.

Excellent day. Thought provoking, inspiring and some great examples given to take away and adapt in my own classroom/school environment.

A thought provoking day! Thank you.

Understanding of deep learning – not an extra step but deeper understanding.

A great course. Listening to Chris is a pleasure!

How to develop breadth without going up a year’s curriculum was useful.

The course content was delivered in an engaging way that really made you think about your practice and that of your school colleagues. Also provoked thinking about whole school delivery around depth and mastery.

Excellent materials available to support delivering a curriculum in a way that encourages depth and mastery.

Well worth the price of the course – excellent.

Excellent delivery of materials/resources.

Very well delivered and engaging course.

The content was an opportunity to explore all that impacts on depth and mastery – curriculum design, curriculum approach, questioning, teacher role etc.

An excellent days training which will build on prior training. Can’t wait to cascade!

The way things were explained was excellent. Resources and ideas in the booklets will be very useful (e.g. reasoning strategies).

Brilliant – well worth it.

I particularly liked the breakdown of the curriculum into Learning Objective, Milestones and Mastery.

Unpicking what depth and mastery actually is was useful.

Thank you! As a cluster we’re going to look into curriculum development.

Very useful – got us thinking about everything!

I gained an understanding of how to teach at a basic, advancing and deep level at the different milestones and what this looks like.

Excellent. A thoroughly enjoyable and informative day.

We have the milestones at our school and it’s really helped me understand how we use them.

Brilliant! Very interactive and informative.

Creative children rather than creative curriculum!

Desperate to pass on to colleagues back at school.

Extremely beneficial. Thought provoking and inspiring. Thank you.

Really gave me ideas for our next journey as a school.

Thank you for providing the opportunity to really think about what we are trying to create in our learners. We’re leaving with a new found passion and excitement for the way forward.

Really inspiring day – can’t wait to go back to school and bring some of the ideas to staff meetings.

This course gave me new ideas to take back to school.

Fantastic course with a brilliant, informative presentation that is relevant. Thank you!

Very engaging and relevant. It was refreshing to hear that mastery is not about ‘rushing’ through the curriculum and more about the ‘advancing through mindset’ by the process of repetition. Very useful to see how cognitive domains develop over a process of time.

Thank you again for a fabulous and useful course.

We found Karen to be engaging and knowledgeable. The session was well planned and met the brief that I had given her.
The most useful part of the day was in the afternoon when the staff were given practical ideas to take into their classrooms immediately. The staff valued being given time to engage in professional conversations with colleagues. The course booklet was high quality and relevant to the sessions. Excellent.

- Juliet Jones, Acting Head Teacher, Cubbington C E Primary School, Warwick

Reflecting on the use of questioning to deepen learning helped us to put the National Curriculum 2014 in context, as Chris exemplified the question types and styles. The staff from all of the schools went away feeling positive about next half term. There were plenty of opportunities for discussion, laughter and plenty of learning. The communication has been highly professional and, for once, the course did what it said on the tin - thank you to all concerned. Thank you Chris.

- Julie Rees, Head Teacher, Ledbury Primary School, Herefordshire

- 10.02.16 Manchester - Day 1

Thanks – very informative.

Clarifying rationale for Depth of Learning was useful.

Unpicking the learning for assessment was useful.

Working with colleagues in different settings was valuable.

Sheila was excellent.

Thinking about alternative assessments other than testing was useful.

- 25.4.16 Manchester - Day 2

Very professional.

Valuable conversations about work sampling. Great to see examples.

Another very valuable and inspiring day.

Ideas for different levels of questioning: identifying exactly what we are trying to assess. RAID pro-forma: so useful and very timely.

Fantastic as always.

Lots of ideas to develop staff CPD to drive depth for the pupils in our school. The RAID model was really useful.

Super examples of sampling in context.

Opportunities to think about how to use learning talks, walks and pokes back at school.

Excellent as always.

I am enjoying the Creative Themes!

Looking forward to Day 3.

Finding out more about learning walks, talks, pokes and RAIDS was useful.

The whole day has really helped my understanding of the project. Thank you.

Really useful assessment strategies to trial. Really clear and well presented.

Your passion really comes through.

- 04.07.16 Manchester - Day 3

Thank you for your guidance. I have really enjoyed and benefited from the sessions.

Devising own B.A.D. activities – I will definitely adopt this approach for staff training next term.

Fantastic, 10/10.

Very engaging and inspiring.

Looking at what ‘deep learning’ really looks like across subjects was great.

Personally, a very enjoyable and thought provoking day.

Exemplars to use in future moderation sessions at school will be useful.

Clarified what a deep activity is. I have had all these ideas in a random order in my brain. I can now organise them.

Thank you – lots to think about, including a new teaching and learning policy to promote depth of learning.

We are going to use the R.A.I.D. model for moderation purposes – great!

- 02.02.16 Day 1, Newcastle upon Tyne

Strategies for self-evaluation and reflection opportunities for further reading were great.

Great opportunities for discussion and sharing ideas – smaller group helped.


Reflecting on myself as a leader was useful, as was thinking about the type of leader I am (and hope to be!). Good balance of talk/interaction – no pressure!

Andy was an excellent speaker and made our small group feel relaxed, comfortable and at ease. I look forward to Day 2.

Encouraged me to look outside the box. Ideas to develop systems and good practice within my school are useful.

This will be very useful in my up and coming application process.

- 26.01.16 Newcastle upon Tyne

Mastery characteristics are a great idea, which can easily be implemented into classroom practice.

The focus on mastery for subject leadership was useful, as was the clear approach and message to take back to staff and governors.

Always very useful. I like the way that every aspect of CQ Education fits together so seamlessly.

Tips on how to give children mastery opportunities through questioning was useful and creating mastery techniques for different subjects was great.

A very informative day.

Handouts for further work/discussion in school will be useful.

Thinking about the characteristics of learning in the different subjects was useful as this is something we are working on.

Very useful day.

Time to reflect on our curriculum and model of subject leadership in relation to another viewpoint.

Brilliant day – good pace, knowledgeable, confident delivery.

Delivering content using the course materials means I can now use it effectively, with a good understanding, back in school.

Views from all roles e.g. Teacher, OFSTED, Consultant, Head Teacher were covered.

Finding out about ideas that have been used already in schools across the country was insightful.

Andy was brilliant! Such a funny, engaging speaker, even avoided the 'after-lunch-slump'...! We just need to find a way to implement the ideas now. The most useful parts of the day included how to work more efficiently and the impact it could make on progress and ways to improve marking – marking for progression not overloading self with unnecessary marking. We would definitely use Chris Quigley Education again.

- Sue Pike, Bracknell Forest Council, Berkshire

I can now develop reliable methods of assessment.

Thank you Sarah for another thought provoking session – lots to think about and implement in 2015/16.

- Life without Levels: 3 Day Assessment Research Programme

Sarah was very knowledgeable and responsive to questions and queries.

- Life without Levels: 3 Day Assessment Research Programme

Sarah was very open/honest and answered all questions. Sharing examples of practice was very valuable as was looking at various planning documents/pupil books. Thank you.

- Life without Levels: 3 Assessment Development Programme

Please pass on our thanks to Andy. He is the main topic of conversation at school this morning – even though there has been a weekend since his visit on Friday. Andy’s delivery engaged everyone from the start and kept them focused till the very end. It inspired even the most world weary members of staff! Practical suggestions that would be easy to implement quickly were useful and the initial focus on having a shared understanding of what we mean by ‘mastery’ helped clarify what some see as a complicated topic. 10/10

- Jo Dent, Head Teacher, Hambrook Primary, Bristol

All of it was useful! Gave delegates an insight into what depth and mastery was and what they should be looking for in classrooms. Also, gave SLT teams time away from school to talk, plan and reflect on next steps for their school. Excellent.

- Vicki Kavanagh, Head Teacher, Crocketts Community Primary School, Smethwick

The day was catered to our needs. It gave an overview of the curriculum and what basic, advancing and deep learning looks like. It clearly demonstrated how learning could be improved on a very practical level. 10/10! Thank you Alex.

- Julie Fellows, Head Teacher, Fairford Primary School, Gloucestershire

All of the day was very useful and excellent.
• Good clarity; also good for the TA’s who were present
• Good presenter – use of anecdotes and humour excellent
• Very engaging
• Andy has lots of enthusiasm
• Good references to other experts’ e.g. Ken Robinson and Pie Corbet
• Gave us lots of ideas and tailored training to meet our needs
• Now able to move forward in our curriculum and assessment.

Excellent. Very helpful office staff and very efficient. Very good communication with Andy Meller before the date who changed parts of the day to fit our school and where we were at! -Bespoke training for our school! Thank you.

- Brenda Stevens, Deputy Head Teacher, Willingdon Primary School, East Sussex

The most useful parts of the day were:

• recapping of fundamentals of BAD approach and the associated verbs
• methods of assessment techniques
• exploring the meaning of depth and mastery
• ideas for assessment questioning
• looking for pupil evidence of depth and mastery using learning walks
• understanding depth of learning and tracking progress.

The whole day was fascinating and worthwhile. Alex is a fanta