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All of the day was useful. Craig delivered a powerful message about vocabulary, lots of staff discussion was facilitated and we have lots of practical tips to use back at school. Food for thought on planning for vocabulary was also high on the list of useful parts! Great course content and delivered extremely well. 10/10.

- Jane Hardman, Headteacher, St Alban's Catholic School

The whole day was incredible and very well received from our trainees. Robin had such an engaging and mesmerising teaching presence, which successfully sparked enthusiasm for teaching and learning. It was the perfect way to set the trainees up for embarking on their final placements. Robin had effectively thought about a range of strategies to hook the students in and maintain their engagement throughout. It was absolutely brilliant from start to finish!

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

- Deep Diving into Foundation Subjects (Updated)

The training was really useful. In particular, the evaluation structure using the model as it will make us reflect on our practice using the guidance provided and give us steps for developing and improving.

Such a fantastic day full of a wealth of information. Clearly presented with time to digest the information and reflect. Truly valuable day. Huge thanks – I will recommend!

Everything Chris said ties in with what we’ve been talking about in school – cognitive load and the ability to commit information to memory, making it knowledge which can then be used. The session was great. It has given me lots to think about and share. Thank you!

The training was very useful, particularly the research evidence and practical strategies, as well as the resources shared and ideas suggested. I would rate the overall quality of my booking as very good.

An excellent course with so much useful content. Thank you for providing the deep dive research evidence and further reading list as this will be very beneficial. Also, the information on dual coding and cognitive load will be really useful to discuss with staff.

- Writing to Learn (across the Curriculum) Webinar

Understanding the difference between learning to write and writing to learn was really helpful. Examples of activities and students' work was really helpful. Seeing teachers' marking with the children’s feedback was also useful.

The resources and different ways that we can scaffold the children’s writing in order for them to have more knowledge across the curriculum was really useful. The course was well presented and the handouts will come in very useful.

It was useful to have time to think about the differences in writing within the curriculum and how to improve the children’s use of technical vocabulary and knowledge to make learning stick.

- Retrieval Practice Webinar

Strategies to use in class immediately and understanding how this can progress throughout a unit of work was really useful. I would rate the quality of my booking as excellent.

So many practical ideas that can be used immediately. Reinforced the need to prioritise retrieval practice in the curriculum.

The most useful parts of the day were that knowledge is important and the ability to be able to retrieve it from long-term memory enables you to be more creative and apply it to many situations. The more you do it the more you can bring to mind to help you think about things. Keep practicing seems to be the important message. Good for adults too! I will be talking to our staff about this, one has already done a lot of reading around this. The quality of my booking was excellent. Chris talks slowly so it’s easy to take in what he is saying. Lots of information, but time to reflect, as well as plenty of repetition!

Balance of theory and practical strategies were useful. Clear and explicit, recognition of time to reflect was valuable. The courses are always of very high quality.

Explanation of theory - good analogies that will help me exemplify the theory to other members of staff when leading an inset.
Practical ideas - can be used instantly.
Experience of RP - e.g. the quizzes
The quality of my booking was excellent. Thank you!

Practical examples, new information and the retrieval element has now cemented our understanding!

Balance of theory and practical strategies were useful. Clear and explicit, recognition of time to reflect was valuable.

All of Chris’ ideas are evidence based which impacts on whole school improvement. I would rate my booking as outstanding - Chris is so current.

- Ian Beardmore, Educational Associates Ltd, Staffordshire

Very bespoke implementation session with lots of real-life examples from schools. Plenty of opportunity for discussion and reflection despite being virtual. It was a brilliant session and gave us plenty of food for thought going forward with the development of our curriculum.

- Greenside Primary School, Leeds

Very clear and helpful guidelines for how to make learning memorable. Matt was an excellent presenter and pitched the session just right for our staff. It was a really great day and gave us lots of food for thought.

- Andrew Palmer, Headteacher, Heycroft Primary School, Essex

The talk by Robin Bone last Wednesday was phenomenal. I feel greedy that only us historians got to revel in his knowledge. What he said about layering knowledge and repetition has really stuck with me. They sound like obvious concepts, but it’s usually the obvious that we overlook. I would really recommend him to be utilised more within the PGCE lectures.

- PGCE Student, Liverpool Hope University

Everything about the day was useful and I would rate my booking as extremely high. This is the third time Matt has led our training. He always leaves our staff with plenty to think about and to act on.

- Richard Queenborough, Director of Learning, Portico Academy Trust, Essex

Thank you to Chris for inspiring us to embed retrieval across the curriculum and supporting our CPD programme so well. The sessions were well-structured with good links to school development areas, had clear explanations and a lively and engaging presentation. I would rate my booking as excellent.

- Anne-Marie McElhinney, Headteacher, St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, Peterborough

We had an excellent day with Matt which re-energised our thinking and has really motivated us to continue with the journey we are on. The combination of the theory of learning with real life examples was accessible to everyone and enabled some deep discussions to take place. The addition of Matt’s humorous delivery kept everyone engaged. The feedback from staff was universally very positive and there was a very high level of consistency in the ‘take aways’ identified. Thanks to Matt and the Chris Quigley team for continuing to inspire us.

- Amanda Talbot-James, Headteacher, St Denys Primary School, Southampton

Thanks for a great session. Chris was able to combine the DT with the role of subject leader as requested. I would rate my booking as excellent, the team couldn’t have been more helpful.

- Catherine Hollis, Headteacher, Linton Primary School, Derbyshire

The most useful parts of the day were the definition of key phrases Chris gave, such as Cultural Capital - we had not given this as much thought as perhaps we should have done previously. It was useful to understand the theory behind many of the points discussed. Self-Evaluation was also useful - we will now use this as part of our subject on a page and use the questions to help identify areas that staff can work on to gain extra insight into their subjects. I would rate my booking as very high. As a group of schools it makes sense for us to come together so that we can get a speaker of a high calibre. Thank you for being so flexible with the booking too - it is appreciated!

- Dan Bowden, Headteacher, Greenvale Primary School, Surrey

The day went very well and was a shared virtual inset with 5 other schools. All of the schools reported that they found the content delivered by Lesley useful and thought provoking. We also use the Essentials Curriculum and Depth of Learning, and the training has really helped all the staff build on their understanding of the curriculum we have created. I would rate my booking as excellent, practical and research informed.

- Neil Le Feuvre, Headteacher, St Bridget's CE Primary, West Kirby

- Curriculum Design in Small Schools Webinar

It was clear and concise without making my brain explode! By the same token, it was a valuable use of my time as I learned a lot. Very Good!

- Cultural Capital & Powerful Knowledge Webinar

This has certainly provided me with food for thought in terms of what we plan and teach, why we do it that way, and how it relates to specific learning. Also the use of vocabulary in the tiers was useful.

Very informative; giving food for thought on how we can improve our curriculum and our golden threads.

- Curriculum Design & Implementation Webinar

Our school has the Essentials Curriculum and I now understand how it is meant to be used across the school.

The concepts of the Essentials Curriculum are really clear to me now. I also found the input on assessment really useful.

Thank you for a really informative day which has made be think more deeper about our curriculum progression and sequencing. It has been really useful.

The session was outstanding and provided further ideas on how we design and implement a curriculum that leads to students' long-term retention and deeper understanding. It was also very helpful to have the points made supported by research so that staff can easily access these if needed. Chris also gave a great description of how to assess the impact of a curriculum and how hard it is to see learning happening within the classroom.

- Ann Corry/Carmen Leung, Trinity Catholic High School, Essex

The day was absolutely fascinating and completely what we were hoping for. We have the reassurance we wanted on whether we are going in the right direction with curriculum design in the early years and have taken-away so many ideas and points for reflection. Lesley was incredibly knowledgeable and engaging to listen to and the content was relevant, in-depth and accessible. Our booking was excellent from start to finish and my colleagues and I agreed that it was the most enjoyable, relevant, interesting course we have attended in some time. Thank you very much.

- Jen Fraser, Deputy Headteacher, Lancot Academy, Beds

The day was a great success. Chris was fantastic and the delegates got so much out of the day. We have had lots of positive feedback, with lots of delegates hoping to implement this in their own school. The handouts and articles given to read were useful. Delegates particularly enjoyed the breakout rooms. This was a great opportunity to share ideas with others. 10 out of 10, thank you!

- Molly Wortley, Literacy Specialist/Hub Lead, Lacey Green English Hub, Cheshire

The inset was amazing – thank you Chris. Our staff were motivated and inspired and thought that everything made perfect sense. Hearing about starting every lesson with a reminder of what has gone before, as well as the information about how children learn and embed knowledge into their long-term memory was particularly useful.

- Natalie Hill, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, West Midlands

Robin was absolutely fantastic! He knew what we needed as a school, and was honest, but didn’t scare everyone when discussing where we currently are. It was a great day spent as a team discussing our current curriculum, what we’re missing and how we can make it even better. We will be using Chris Quigley History and Geography to start us off and are excited to be starting this journey. It really was a fantastic day and just what was needed as we design our curriculum together. As a new Headteacher it was perfect!

- Mrs Claire Jones, Headteacher, Eccleston Primary School, Chorley

A great day of quality CPD, lots of things to take away and discuss as SLT and for subject leaders too. Thank you, Chris.

- Ceri O'Sullivan, EYFS Lead, Loxdale Primary School, West Midlands

The day was highly engaging and delivered key messages about cognitive science and learning theories based on evidence-based research, supported with real life examples. Our trainees gained new knowledge and were challenged in their thinking. The course was personalised really well to reach our primary and secondary trainees and also touching on their specialism of PE. We were really well supported by the team and the booking process was seamless. Thank you!

- Joanne Fairley, North East Partnership SCITT

Writing has been our biggest area of focus for children across school over the last couple of years post-lockdowns.
We really needed some practical advice and ideas for how to incorporate meaningful writing opportunities across our whole curriculum which this course (Writing to Learn) did perfectly.
Chris’ delivery was excellent and really engaging (he managed to keep us all interested and involved until 6.00pm).

- Rob Adams, Headteacher, South Gosforth First School, Newcastle upon Tyne

Matt delivered a fantastic session which will be fundamental in redesigning our curriculum. Searching course, queries handled, booking process very easy and supported at all stages. Thank you!

- Nicola Simpson, Deputy Headteacher, Dormers Well Infant & Junior School, Middlesex

Matt was hugely inspiring. He gave a real sense of how curriculum design and implementation works on the ground, in schools. It was a great day, thank you.

- Leanne Ross, Interim Headteacher, Moorlands Primary School, Hampshire

The session Chris delivered focused on the research and rationale of designing our own curriculum. It was clear and informative and gave staff a good understanding of the changes we are making at school. It was just what we wanted and the staff passed back positive feedback. I would rate my booking as fantastic, easy and straight forward. Always there for support. Thank you.

- Toby Boulter, Assistant Headteacher, Fairmeadows Foundation Primary School, Derbyshire

The whole day was inspiring for myself and the rest of staff in my school. The subject knowledge and delivery of the session was outstanding and made every member of staff think how they can apply this into their own practice. Everyday someone has been to me to discuss aspects of the training that Chris provided and it is making a huge impact on the pupils in our academy. First class training!!

- Lee Drake, Acting Assistant Headteacher, Yarborough Academy, Lincolnshire

Sophie and I absolutely loved the day, thank you so much. Lesley is fantastic! Lesley offered her thoughts and made suggestions to build a curriculum journey that made sense. It was great to get some guidance on the implementation of our plans in the short and long term and to set some targets/gather ideas for monitoring. Lesley really listened to us and was able to decide quickly what she thought about our suggestions.

- Helen Darlison, Teacher, Horsforth Newlaithes Primary School, West Yorkshire

Thank you so much for the training today (Retrieval Practice). I have had such positive feedback from everyone.
It worked really well on Zoom. Having the break out rooms was actually really efficient – probably more so than in person. Chris’ delivery style works well over Zoom and it remained as engaging as ever.

- Sarah Binns, Headteacher, Stannington Infant School (Peak Edge MAT), Sheffield

The day was fantastic, thank you. It was made so by Robin taking the time before the day to discuss with me our present position and what we needed to get out of the day. He then tailored the day to our needs. Also, it was really helpful that Robin had great knowledge on curriculum design. He used questioning to get us to stay focused and work on what our curriculum would look like. It was a fabulous day, with lots of curriculum development, thanks.

- Tracey Hart, Headteacher, Tatworth Primary School, Somerset

I just wanted to send an email directly to you to say just how fabulous the training was last night that Robin ran. He is inspirational - he led and facilitated the whole afternoon brilliantly – it was even better than I had hoped. He was so flexible and accommodating to what we wanted out of the session and I even dare suggest he really did get what we are aspiring to do with our curriculum development, however unique and innovative! He showed genuine passion and excitement for the journey that we are on which came through in the training session. All my team were super enthused about the session and all now want to know when the next curriculum staff meeting is going to be to carry on the discussions!!!!! And to you – thank you for persisting with me and managing to get this session booked in – it was absolutely worth the wait!

- Mrs Sallie Dodd, Principal, Brambles Primary Academy, Huddersfield

Robin was brilliant!!! The content was exactly what I wanted. Definitely happy I chose the Chris Quigley Curriculum to start this journey, well worth the money. Thank you.

- Tracy O'Malley, Headteacher, Henry Bradley Infant School, Derbyshire

Feedback from participants was that all parts of the day with Chris were beneficial and thought provoking. The quality of our booking was excellent with great support in the lead up to the delivery.

- Jackie Woodhead, Strategic Hub Lead, Westgarth English Hub, Cleveland

Your training has transformed the way that we think about teaching and learning! The sessions are incredibly useful and it all makes complete sense.

- Carley Preston, Assistant Headteacher, Devonshire Primary School, Lancs

Staff reported that they had really enjoyed the course; they found it informative, made clearer our reasons behind how we were redesigning the curriculum and also offered really good helpful teaching and learning tips. Staff also commented that they recognised Chris had taught us in the way he was advocating, which the TAs recognised and appreciated ‘seeing it in action’. I would rate my booking as excellent.

- Catherine Clayton-Young, Headteacher, Griffin Park Primary School, Lancs

The whole day was amazing. Robin added humour and presentation on how to get the best from pupils' learning, and made our staff feel at ease. Resources and pre-course meeting really helped achieve our objectives. It was just what I had requested and the pace and way in which Robin delivered was perfect. I spoke to several teachers yesterday and there was a real buzz about the concepts and the importance of repetition. It was joy to my ears! I know we are only at the start of the journey and there is a great deal more to do. I am confident now, though, that we can all start to look at this from the same page. 5*.

- Heidi Hughes, Headteacher, Bristol Grammar Infant & Junior School, Bristol

We had a brilliant day with Lesley today on PSHCE. She led the sessions so well and was extremely supportive and flexible. Our work with Chris and the team has had a massive impact on our curriculum re-design.

- Julie Barnett, Vice Principal, Melland High School, Manchester

Excellent ideas linked to evidence-based research. Lots of practical ideas to support school improvement. Chris is at the forefront of school improvement.

- Ian Beardmore, Educational Associates Ltd, Staffordshire

Our day with Chris was excellent. We will definitely be booking up again and looking at your resources.

- Barbara Middleton, Headteacher, Shiremoor Primary School, Tyne and Wear

Our training with Chris was perfect, thank you. We found the understanding of the importance of learning and the link to long-term memory useful, as well as the 5 principles which helped break everything down. The ‘take away’ ideas were really useful too.

- Mrs W J Pang, Headteacher, Great Chart Primary School, Kent

The quality from start to finish has been excellent. From the initial booking, we have been greeted by friendly, knowledgeable individuals, who wanted to make the day fit our needs. We were well supported through all the rebookings due to the Covid 19 pandemic and Craig made the day interesting and kept a good pace, meaning that we were able to focus on the more important aspects of education and our school. A big thank you for being able to remind us of what is really important to our young people in the middle of a chaotic time.

- Alison Rinna, Headteacher, Studlands Rise First School, Hertfordshire

I thought the consultation was extremely useful. Gary took me through the whole programme of study and explained everything in detail which was great. I asked quite a few questions and Gary was incredibly willing to answer all. The most useful part of the consultation was when Gary explained to me the Essentials website itself. Here, he showcased all that it has to offer, and discussed the thinking behind making it. It was a great, informative hour and I feel very confident in delivering it one day to the staff.

- Caoimhe Browne, Science Co-ordinator, St Augustine's Catholic Primary School, London

Just what we needed to move our curriculum forward and exactly what we had hoped for. It was our first whole staff virtual training day and it went well. There were many useful conversations in the breakout rooms and both myself and the deputy are very pleased with the progress our staff have made following today. Thanks again to Chris.

- Emma Rowntree, Headteacher, Seascape Primary School Durham

Chris is such a knowledgeable and engaging speaker. We were clear about the quality of input that he would bring to our organisation. It was an enjoyable day during which we learned lots. Thank you.

- Nick Southgate, Academies Group Executive Principal (AGEP), Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust (DNEAT)

I cannot rate the training highly enough, it was fantastic. It is one of the best external CPD experiences we have had in a very long time. The whole training by Gary was really cohesive and tied in all aspects of really thorough curriculum planning, from principles, to delivery, to assessment. I left school feeling excited, motivated and really secure in the direction in which we are going. The ‘buzz’ and excitement in the room was amazing!!

- Maire Hayes, Headteacher, Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Primary School, Northants

Richard had researched the school before our telephone call via the website and Ofsted report so he had a good understanding of our position and how we needed to move forward. This enabled the delivery to be tailored to our school. Richard had a good mix of presentation including referring to his own experiences as a Head Teacher. I would rate my booking as excellent.

- Kate Mather, Head Teacher, Ludlow Primary School, Shropshire

Robin was excellent. I appreciated being able to talk to Robin directly before the training day. Delivery was very good given the circumstances (virtual inset). The content / hand out were clear and explained well with specific examples. Staff were given appropriate opportunities to discuss the content in terms of their role and the context of our school. This was welcomed. Staff were very positive about the training and now know how their leadership role is able to develop further. I would rate the quality of my booking as outstanding. Thank you.

- Andrea Cunningham, Deputy Headteacher, Swinton Queen Primary School, Rotherham

Having worked with CQ Education before it was good to see the updated ideas shared by Gary and link it to how our work as a school has been developing. The second day with the working party of our school leaders was very valuable in considering our school community and the nature of our own pupils, with Gary asking questions to focus us on our school context and develop a plan for what we need to do next. Following on from a discussion with Gary about the vocabulary course, we have decided to book this for our INSET in January and continue the work we have started with Gary, and build on our existing relationship with Chris Quigley Education.

- Debbie Allen, Deputy Head Teacher, Churchend Academy, Reading

Another really successful day! Gary got it dead right!

- Deamonn Hewett-Dale, Headteacher, The Flying Bull Academy, Portsmouth

Gary has been extremely helpful in supporting us with the structure our new curriculum, particularly with regards to the theory and academic research surrounding how children learn and how our curriculum can reflect this. The CPD has been vital in supporting the development of our new curriculum.

- Nicky Allison, Teacher, Kimberley Primary School, Nottinghamshire

All aspects of the day were useful and we were most impressed with how the fact the event was virtual did not detract from the focus. Best facilitator we use!

- Ian Beardmore, Educational Associates Ltd, Staffordshire

Lots of information to think about and practical tasks that can easily be implemented to improve learning outcomes. High quality – relevant and delivered in a user friendly way by Gary with quick wins that can easily be implemented.

- Victoria Harrall, Deputy Headteacher, EP Collier Primary School, Berkshire

The content was delivered in an engaging, meaningful way which modelled the strategies that were drawn out from the science. It was a great introduction for our trainees but also challenged our thinking as experienced practitioners. It was brilliant that Chris could personalise the content to the needs of our cohort and make clear links with their PE specialism. Chris’ delivery was brilliant and Nicola really looked after us well during the booking side of things. We really appreciate that you gave us so much flexibility in terms of the challenges we found because of Covid-19 restrictions. We felt really well supported, thank you!

- Joanne Fairley, Primary Placement Lead, North East Partnership SCITT

The whole session was extremely well structured. What was striking was the new learning in the first session, but there were many highlights including the idea of how the curriculum is created around ‘Threshold Concepts.‘ It was really interesting to see the immediate impact on staff who were eager to see how they might take this forward. The trainer, Richard, was excellent. Professional, well informed, responsive and with a great manner. Everyone including our governors really got a lot out of the day. Thank you.

- Amy Richardson, St Nicholas Priory Primary School, Norfolk

The most useful parts of the day were the clarity of presentation on Curriculum Design that digested the evidence-based criteria and modelled delivery to staff, and a sense of humour from Chris who has wide experience and can connect difficult ideas to staff.

- John Mcdonald, Headteacher, St Albans, Wirral

Very helpful advice on how to proceed in lessons, with sequencing and what to look for as a Subject Leader. Chris supported all of his ideas with evidence from scientific studies, which really adds weight to them. We had a superb day. My staff loved it.

- Luke Welsh, Headteacher, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Wakefield

Thank you to Chris for a brilliant day on Friday - it was really useful for our team. The Online Training Session, via Zoom, provided great content which was research-informed, opportunities to discuss in our team, aligned well with our school’s curriculum vision so there were many natural links to be made and challenged our thinking in a really productive way.

- Emma Mann, Deputy Headteacher, Penn Wood Primary School, Slough

Considering the training had to be virtual due to COVID restrictions, it was excellent. We had such a brilliant day, please pass on our warmest thanks to Craig. Craig is professional, extremely knowledgeable and really helped us to see the path we now need to take as a school on the next stage of our curriculum development. The virtual training ran really smoothly and our key objectives for the day were covered in detail, and were both relevant and insightful. The feedback from our staff has been really positive. We know this training will underpin all of our curriculum development this year. The communication and support from the whole Chris Quigley team has been excellent from our first enquiry to the delivery on the day. We really enjoyed the training and would recommend Chris Quigley and Craig to other schools - please pass on our warmest thanks to Craig for such a great day, it was exactly what we were looking for. Thank you so much!

- Kimberley Watts, Headteacher, Riverside Primary School, Suffolk

Chris delivered high quality content which was evidence and research based. Any questions we had were answered well and he was flexible to adapt as needed. We had an excellent day today and have got lots of suggestions and ways to move forward.

- Neil Harris, Headteacher, St Mary's Catholic Primary School

The entire day was excellent and very well-planned and delivered. I felt that during the preliminary call, Robin had really listened to our school context and applied this throughout the training.
This was a socially distanced training session but it still had the energy and pace needed. Excellent from start to finish – thank you to the team and especially Robin.

- Louise Stewart, Headteacher, Charter Primary School, Coventry

Very Good, clearly informative and knowledgeable delivery from Gary with good links and explanation.

- Richard Hilton, Headteacher, St Joseph's Retford, Notts

The framework that Gary shared with us now puts us at a shared understanding from which to move forward and do the work. Meeting with Gary and my Curriculum Team beforehand gave us the chance to continue our journey discussing and reflecting on what we are doing and put us one step ahead of the rest of the team who we are going to support and guide going forward. The content was very well thought out, linked well with what we already doing and was current and relevant.

- Jonathan Bursnall, Headteacher, Brook Street School, Cumbria

We enjoyed a brilliant day – thank you! Richard was a really excellent presenter/facilitator and managed to skilfully share an enormous amount of information and engage a large and varied audience. Feedback from all schools after the event was really positive – acknowledging both Richard’s presenting skills and the quality, currency and relevance of the CPD materials. I was really impressed by the quality of the whole process – from my initial enquiry, throughout the booking and onto the delivery/facilitation of the CPD. My experience of Chris Quigley Education and the service they provide, was excellent. THANK YOU!

- Sarah Brewis, Headteacher, Woodborough CE Primary School (on behalf of EQUA Multi Academy Trust)

The whole day was extremely useful but the part that stood out was having professional discussion around long-term memory learning and how consideration needs to be given to how we plan the curriculum to have fewer concepts and more time. Key was also the time given after each point to discuss this in the context of our own school and actually have time to start thinking about how we will plan changes. Craig was extremely knowledgeable, passionate and inspiring. The day was organised professionally and was exactly on brief.

- Kate Crawford, Headteacher, Milford on Sea C of E Primary School, Hampshire

Complicated research made accessible to staff and made succinct. The session on space retrieval was excellent. I would rate my booking with Chris Quigley Education as excellent, the whole event and arrangements. Thank you 10/10.

- Phil Palmer, CEO, Equals Trust, Nottingham

All parts of the day were useful and I would rate the quality of my booking with Chris Quigley Education as excellent. We have booked Matt again for March and we would like to book him again for our conference for next year.

- Richard Queenborough, Director of Learning, Portico Academy Trust, Essex

Robin was brilliant and the day was incredibly useful. You go to local events and you get a parochial input. This was education input born from experience, backed up by cognitive theory and research. Class from the word go!

- Stephen Tapley, Headteacher, William Alvey Primary School, Lincs

- 06.02.20 Newcastle

Made me really think ‘how good is our curriculum?’ Formulating a really strong action plan was useful.

Very informative session, presented in a supportive way, excellent! This is the 2nd booking I’ve made and both sessions were equally good quality.

It was very helpful that Gary adjusted material to fit the needs of his audience. It gave me a better understanding of the science behind current advice.

Very structured approach with lots of useful ideas to support curriculum review and how we monitor its impact. A very useful and thought provoking day. Thank you!

I just wanted to say thank you to Gary for our session on Tuesday. I found it really useful. I introduced the knowledge categories to the staff yesterday and they were really excited about using them within their planning next half term.

- Nicholla Allison, Deputy Headteacher, Kimberley Primary School, Nottingham

Our training last night was exactly what we needed but for about another 10 hours! The PoP task examples to assess at what level pupils are accessing the curriculum will give clear expectations. I will be in contact with Craig about future training. The communication in the lead up to and quality of training was high.

- Donna Gaffney, Headteacher, Layer-de-la-Haye Primary School, Essex

- 23.01.20 Birmingham

Physical Health – lots of ideas that we can implement.

Signposting to use documents/books.

The leader’s subject knowledge and the links to websites and examples were useful.

Breaking down personal development and understanding the impact on cognitive abilities was useful. Great Presenter! Really informative day! Amazing course as always!

Understanding the ‘breadth’ of personal development was useful. Another great Quigley course!

Great reflection points and great resources.

Ensuring our curriculum is suited to our families. A great course, thank you!


Some really good ideas.

Useful resources and a good coverage of topics.

A very effective and useful day with Gary last week! I found the time I spent with Gary before and after he worked with staff invaluable and all staff felt that he reassured them in regards to making judgements about children. My booking was excellent; from the initial phone conversation where I was able to explain our particular needs as a school, to the e-mailing in the lead up to the event and the actual day itself with Gary. All aspects were of a very high standard.

- Rachel Lee, Assistant Headteacher, Copford C of E Primary School, Essex

Please pass on our thanks to Gary for such a great day. It was really useful seeing how the design of the curriculum can influence how children learn and remember key concepts/approaches, not just the 'facts'. Our booking was excellent as previously.

- Charlie Furness, Teaching School Lead, Fairfields School, Northampton

Excellent! Current, interesting, well delivered, engaging and very thought provoking. Thank you, Robin!

- Jemma Joakim, Deputy Headteacher, Royal High Prep School, Bath

The presentation guided us to how we want to present our new curriculum to staff. Gary was very adaptable and changed the day to suit our needs as it progressed. Excellent!

- Emma Sivyer, Deputy Headteacher, Cadland Primary School, Hampshire

An excellent course! Chris is an excellent speaker and is clearly extremely knowledgeable, and has researched the issue of effective curriculum design in great detail. Very thought provoking for all of our team.

- Anna Bewsher, Headteacher, Broughton Primary School, Cumbria

It was extremely useful going through the intent of our curriculum and ensuring every member of staff was part of understanding what the intent is and why.

It was also useful giving the staff an overview of Ofsted’s intentions with the curriculum and what they need to be able to demonstrate.

Matt’s delivery was excellent, as was the content. It reassured staff that what we are already doing is right and that we are in a great position to be able to build upon our already good curriculum.

As always, we were very impressed by your company.

- Anna Young, Headteacher, Wessington Primary School, Tyne & Wear

- 05.12.19 - 06.12.19 London

Thought provoking but also confirms beliefs and understanding of teaching and learning, as well as lots of new concepts which made so much sense.

Fantastic presenting that was engaging and made sense.

Thought provoking course to challenge traditional curriculum planning.

I have consolidated and acquired so much more understanding of ‘learning and teaching’.

Threshold Concepts, Spacing, Rationale and Research were all useful!

A really refreshing but relevant way to look at curriculum provision. It’s been so worthwhile, thank you!

Schema theory and repetition were useful!

Excellent 2 days!

I found the inputs from Chris useful, particularly on cognitive load and cognitive research. It was good to see children’s examples and when Chris gave examples from his experience.

So many ideas we want to implement further.

It was particularly valuable attending with a colleague as we were able to identify areas where we are doing well, as well as areas we could improve. It has been a brilliant course, thank you!

Breaking down complex and extensive cognitive research and demonstrating different approaches and responses was useful. Amazingly insightful, practical training which has been so inspiring. Thank you!

A new way of presenting the curriculum from Chris and the theory behind his thinking.

Chris really does deliver the content in a way that allows us to be reflective of our own practices. Thank you!

The breaking down of thresholds and milestones in foundation subjects were most helpful to take back to our subject leaders.

We now know clearly where to go forward.

- 27.11.19 Birmingham

Good value for money – great delivery and great resources (second to none).

Gary’s delivery was entertaining and informative.

Thank you for a very informative day. Fantastic delivery by Gary!

Excellent content and delivery.

Great engaging presenter!

Good use of support for deep dives and ideas for how to support subject leaders going through the new OFSTED process.

Found Gary to be very easy to listen to, gave great examples and, although there was a lot of content, I did not feel it was rushed.

Very impressive! My first Chris Quigley course and, I found the CPD, one of the best I have had!

Very useful to work as a team (there were 4 of us from the same school).

- 26.11.19 London

Not heard Gary before but he was really engaging and made the course material easy to relate back to school.

The whole day was great – an opportunity to gain insight into ‘another way’. Links to the new framework and the subject specific references were useful.

Keeping us up to date and moving our thinking forward. Thank you, OFSTED loved ‘it’ (your approach).

Very insightful!

Clarity on curriculum approach. Lots of tips and questions to take back and use to improve our practice.

An opportunity to reflect on current practice and consider alternative approaches. Tools to adapt our curriculum.

Good to network with other leaders and know that we are all in a similar position.

So clearly broken up. Exactly where we are and what we need to focus on.

Great enthusiasm and clear information and strategies.

Breaking down the 'Quality of Education' criteria into 6 areas. Helps to focus in on where we need to go to next.

Loved discussing long-term memory and retrieval activities.

Excellent course – lots of food for thought!

All excellent!

- 20.11.19 - 21.11.19 Birmingham

Information around cultural capital was useful.

I liked the links to research/the science of learning. Brilliant, thanks!

I attended a CQE course in June 2018 and had Ofsted a week later. We were thoroughly prepared for conversations about progress. Thank you!

The focus on long-term memory and how this can be supported through threshold concepts was useful, as was the use of milestones in regard to progress. Really enjoyed and appreciated the links to theory and research. Excellent – lots to think about and work on back at school.

Thank you, Chris! It was worth travelling 180 miles!

The curriculum intent model was great.

Learning how creativity comes after knowledge was useful.

Learning about long-term memory was useful.

A fantastic two-day course!

Everything was useful, including cultural capital, what learning is, difference between information and knowledge, curriculum drivers, concepts, progression, schema and knowledge proceeds creativity.

Our team now have a clear vision of how we want to design our curriculum and why!

I now have an understanding how to re-work curriculum to aid learning using research.

The two days have absolutely blown my mind!

Excellent value for money, thought provoking and enjoyable. Thank you so much.

Great delivery, all makes sense. Can’t wait to get started.

The curriculum statement template will be useful for us.

Understanding more about procedural/semantic and better use of episodic. Intent statements and whole school approach were useful.

As History Co-Ordinator, I have bought the Curriculum Companion for History which looks great.

Clear understanding of the importance of knowledge/interleaving and leaving with an idea of what we need to do next.

- 14.11.19 Bolton

Interesting, engaging delivery. The day flew by!

All content was great – really useful information to monitor, link, judge and teach the curriculum with Ofsted links.

Learning about retrieval, questioning and how to link the key concepts within subject areas across a student’s learning was very useful.

What to look for when evaluating a subject was useful.

We are already using the Essentials Curriculum and this helped to see how we would monitor this effectively. It also highlighted some future developments we might need to make. As usual, very informative and well presented. Good resources.

Considering the new framework and why we teach what we do.

Gary was great at delivery. Made everything very clear. I have taken a lot of information on board which will impact in school. Definitely worth a day out of school at a busy time of year!

Ofsted links, suggestions, research and practical examples. A lot of food for thought.

- 13.11.19 Sheffield

The reminder of getting the foundation of pedagogy for all. 10/10 - streets ahead of any other training provider in every way in my opinion. Thank you!

Really helped to reflect on current curriculum intents, curriculum design and teaching. Really useful day!

After each section the questions to consider and possible follow up activities were excellent reflection points.

Well presented, good balance between discussion and being given information.

I love the way that in this, confusing, over-complicated educational world, Quigley makes it simple.

Considering a new approach to monitoring and evaluation. Helpful resources to take away and use.

Useful ideas to prompt discussion with SLT and whole school team.

Linking everything together in a cohesive manner to benefit children, staff and SLT. Excellent!

Extremely informative. Really thought provoking. Very well presented.

Tools to take away to use the elements of the matrix.

- 22.10.19 Newcastle

All really useful. Good coverage of lots of different aspects with good examples. Paced brilliantly so no afternoon slump! 5 Stars!

Very informative and practical. Lots to consider and think about. Very useful. Excellent.

Lots of great ideas to take back to school – not overwhelming. Excellent quality.

A very enjoyable and informative day.

The whole day was useful, allowing reflections on how to go forward with judging the quality of education. Lots of ideas to make your own/build upon. Inspired thinking for going forward in school. Thank you.

After attending a previous course on sustained mastery, this course helped to consider prior learning. It was a very useful day.

It gave use lots of things to think about and ideas to implement in our school.

Clear, systematic overview of possible approaches to use in school. Very comprehensive.

Clear guidelines of what elements of our systems for monitoring/evaluation could contribute towards judging the quality of teaching.

- 02.10.19 London

Reignited my love of words and language.

Deep thinking about the systematic planning for vocabulary in the lesson. Loads of ideas!

Rethinking whole approach to curriculum now!

Love the examples. Great presentation. Great resources to use in class with useful analogues.

Food for thought.

The approaches to developing tier 2 and 3 words were useful.

Dovetailed well with other training around curriculum development.

Developing conceptual understanding and making connections to prior knowledge was useful. A very informative course. I will leave with a much deeper understanding of how we teach vocabulary and immerse children in rich language.

Strong research bank to intellectualise evidence and suggestions.

A comprehensive and well-structured approach. Infusing vocabulary across the curriculum.

This course has been phenomenal in explaining the ideology of infusing rich vocabulary which was clearly presented, research based and of value.

Practical elements to be used across the curriculum in a workable manner. Feeling excited!

Useful daily activities to practice. Word lists will present a good starting point for subject leaders.


- 25.09.19 - 26.09.19 Bolton

We have been looking at 'Making It Stick' in school and it was great to see the links that have been made with the curriculum course. It is starting to all make sense!

Loved the links to research and will use the resources back in school.

I feel prepared to start looking at our curriculum over the next year.

Really liked the idea of concept thresholds. Thought provoking day based on a wealth of knowledge and research.

Excellent delivery – always grounded in research and backed up with experience.

This course made me challenge long-held beliefs and really think!

Chris never fails to inspire and invigorate us to go back to school and make things better!

Thinking about curriculum design in terms of mastery was useful.

Liked the interleaving rather than blocking. Example resources/plans were useful.

Clear guidance on setting up curriculum intent/implementation/impact. Useful information on long-term memory/cognitive load.

The Cultural Capital work and threshold concepts were very useful!

Ideas around securing knowledge in long-term memory were great.

Thought provoking course, makes you think about current practice in schools.

The course has been very engaging and has given me confidence in what we have done already, the direction we are heading, as well as some pertinent questions to reflect on. 10/10 - I have loved every minute.

A fantastic wealth of information, very well presented!

I can see so much that we can and must use that will impact on our children’s learning. I can’t wait to share the ideas with our schools. I will recommend to colleagues. Outstanding!

I particularly liked the idea of Threshold Concepts as a way of planning your curriculum. I also thought the notion of Curriculum Drives was powerful in terms of the curriculum you offer.

The staff and I were delighted with Robins delivery, knowledge and advice that he could give - will definitely recommend to other schools.

- Lisa Salters, Headteacher, St Vincent De Paul Catholic Primary School, Liverpool

Very effective day with Richard - thank you. It was well structured – with good pace, met our aims of introducing staff to concepts and had a delivery style which hit a chord with teachers.

- Jim Maycock, Deputy Headteacher, Smithy Street School, Tower Hamlets

Please thank Chris for a wonderful training session on ​Friday. The session was thought provoking and linked to so many things we are working on. As always, Chris delivered the key messages with humour and passion.

- Vera Jajechnyk, Head of School, St John's Catholic School, London

Gary was inspiring in his delivery of all material and he gave staff sufficient time to think about and reflect on the curriculum ideas he was discussing. The ideas raised around assessment of greater depth being a two-year cycle and allowing the first year of this cycle to be spent on basic thinking to deliver firm foundations of knowledge, skills and understanding for pupils to develop further in the second year were well received. We really enjoyed the training and would highly recommend Gary to colleagues at other schools. This training surpassed my expectations.

- Ken Hillerton, Deputy Headteacher, Charvil Piggot Primary School, Berkshire

It was a fantastic day and thank you again to Gary for making the content so relevant to our school. The course was excellent value for money. Gary’s recent experiences as a Headteacher made his suggestions and advice well-respected as he has first-hand and current experience of everything he was presenting. He was extremely easy to listen to and the day went far too quickly! Thank you on behalf of all my staff.

- Natalie Johnson, Headteacher, Bicton Primary School, Shropshire

The day Craig delivered was incredibly useful. It has given us a really clear idea as to where we need to make changes to our curriculum. It was good to identify the key concepts within each subject area and to look at how these can run throughout the school.

- Tanya Mooney, Headteacher, Oatlands School, Surrey

All parts of the day Gary delivered were very useful - it was an excellent course. As a leadership team, it has made us totally re-think our curriculum intent, implementation, monitoring, educational visits, displays etc. It has highlighted possibilities for the curriculum we had not previously thought.

- Maria Butt, Headteacher, St Peter and Paul Voluntary Aided Primary School, Tyne & Wear

Matt spoke to me before the session on the phone and seemed to really understand what we needed as a new school. He then tailored the session to meet our needs mainly around establishing intent. We had a clear direct established by the end of the session. Matt also related a lot of the course to his own school and resources, again this was extremely helpful.

- Kate Mather, Headteacher, Ludlow Primary School, Shropshire

The prior contact I had with Richard meant that he shaped the content of the day to our school’s requirements. The afternoon where he was available for questions whilst staff attempted to apply their new knowledge to their own planning was very useful.

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

The whole day was great – Gary tailored the training to meet our needs. It was a super event.

- Amanda Pickup, Head Teacher, Shaw Cross Infant & Nursery School, Dewsbury

All really useful information, well presented by Gary and linked to our current school priorities – exactly what we were looking for!

- Dan Wild, Deputy Headteacher, Monkspath School, Solihull

Matthew was excellent and we had a very worthwhile day. It was a great opportunity for staff to understand the meaning of ‘intent’ and to think about the curriculum that they are providing for their class, and how this sits with the rest of the school.

- Catherine Craig, Headteacher, St Godrics Primary School, Durham

This is the second time we have booked Robin. Our staff have responded really well to the CPD and gave excellent feedback. The training has made a genuine impact on how teachers are planning and delivering lessons/projects.

- Rachael Littlefair, KS1 Lead, Blackrod Primary School, Bolton

Would you pass on our thanks to Chris for his contribution to the EPHA Deputy Heads’ Conference. The event went really well and his presentation was very well received. 100 delegates graded Chris’ presentation as excellent.

- Pam Langmead, EPHA Professional Officer, Essex

Can I just say that I really appreciated the support that Zach offered when I rang to speak about DoL recently. He was polite, friendly and very efficient at providing me with the information that I needed. I have been extremely impressed with the level of support that you, Zach and every other member of your team deliver each time that I need to contact you. Thank you.

- Bryn Taylor, Deputy Head Teacher, St Paul's Church of England Primary School, Newcastle upon Tyne

I attended the Last Drop 2 Day Designing Your Curriculum: Intent, Implementation & Impact conference last month and was completely blown away by the ideas that Chris presented - so much so that I have signed up for a Master’s at MMU to explore some of the research you outlined and think through the implications for our practice. Thank you so much for an enlightening and thought provoking two days.

- Deborah Cox, Big Life Schools, Manchester

All of it was useful! Feedback is stunning, once again. Delegates loved being able to take practical tips away and start implementing them straight away.

- Fiona Radford, Rotherham School Improvement Service

Feedback from the other heads has been excellent and staff have been really inspired by the messages. Everything ran very smoothly and your team have been very helpful and professional from the very point of booking. It was a fun and interactive session which gave staff lots to think about and they thoroughly enjoyed. It was good to find out more about the pedagogy behind learning and to understand how children process learning over time. It was beneficial to be able to consider when children learn best and to explore the concept of ‘botheredness’. There have been lots of conversations about identifying clear concept thresholds and ensuring that the curriculum doesn’t cover lots of different ideas in minimal detail. The session was delivered fantastically and collectively schools came away feeling inspired and motivated.

- Nicola Wallace, Headteacher, CCIG Cluster of Gateshead Schools

Talking to Matt beforehand made sure the training was tailored to our exact requirements. The enthusiasm was exactly the tone I wanted set and the practical ideas were incredibly useful and so manageable. The chance to talk to colleagues in between listening to Matt made the session interactive enough and kept it relevant to our schools.

- Mary Collins, Executive Headteacher, Holy Cross and St Augustine's Catholic Primary Schools, London

We really enjoyed our CPD provided by Chris and I would rate the quality of my booking as excellent. Chris’ delivery supported our school's intentions/planned actions very well. It really helped to inspire everyone to improve teaching and learning while providing support and direction on how to improve.

- Nerys Thornton, Deputy Headteacher, Thorntree Primary School, Middlesbrough

I particularly like the way Chris uses, introduces and refers to research carried out by others that can be explored later if we want too. I would rate the quality of my booking as brilliant, booking was very easy, communication beforehand was straight forward and the day itself was thought provoking.

- Liz Harris, Deputy Headteacher, Stannington Infant School, Sheffield

Chris set the scene beautifully for all staff in his keynote at the start of the year (including our CEO and Senior colleagues) in terms of the latest research on learning and what that means for designing our curriculum as we move forwards. He also asked just the right amount of challenging questions, disrupting our curricular and pedagogical ideas, whilst simultaneously being supportive of our aims and values as a school. Generously sharing his resources and experience, he also inspired our middle leaders in smaller groups, instigating discussions in cross-school teams and motivating them to review the way children learn in our school and how our current curriculum helps or hinders this.

- Jo Osman, Deputy Headteacher, Tanglin Trust School, Singapore

All parts of the day were extremely useful, but the morning sessions led by Gary were excellent. It was very reassuring to find that we were further than we had realised with our curriculum journey and on the same page as a staff.

- Alison Mears, Headteacher, Haversham School, Milton Keynes

A huge thank you to Richard Mason for delivering three days of thought provoking and inspiring science based research. Great ideas to help us to improve outcomes for all our children. Excellent throughout! Thank you!

- Karen Hackman, Assistant Head (Primary), St Andrew's Preparatory School, Turi, Kenya

A thought provoking training day, which really made us reflect on our current curriculum. The pitch was just right, it was an excellent session, thank you Gary.

- Sue Pye-Beraet, Head Teacher, King's Court First School, Berkshire

- 25.06.19 - 26.06.19 London

A curriculum model where progression is built into the curriculum.

A fantastic two days – I have always heard great things about Chris but it has far exceeded my expectations. Inspiring and thought provoking.

Chris is such an excellent and inspiring speaker. He has an ability to challenge and explore different ways of organising teaching and learning whilst explaining it in very practical and real situations.

Scientific research around cognition was fascinating.

References to reading and up to date books show up to date information.

Very well delivered. Chris is clearly passionate about what he does and very knowledgeable.

Excellent – went into more depth than expected and great resources.

Although this is outlined in mainstream schools, we were able to take a lot of the theory to apply in our setting. Excellent course, valuable references to research and theory, extremely useful handouts to share with staff and as reference in the future.

Very informative and interesting – great ideas and opportunity for us to modify and refine our knowledge organisers, assessment and delivery of the curriculum at our school.

So much food for thought and loads of practical ideas.

Giving the background thinking (why) that teachers and leaders should be thinking about (what) and how it could look with the examples of models (how).

Thank you for the most thought provoking days; opening up thinking around curriculum design without ‘dictating’.

Considering INTENT and how the memory works because it was based on pedagogical knowledge of teaching and learning.

Liked the breakdown/build up of curriculum Intent Statement.

Helping us formulate a vision for what we want our curriculum to do for our children’s educational journey.

Good rational behind moving away from the creative curriculum. Realisation that the curriculum we have may have coverage but is not allowing for depth of learning.

Now have a lot to think about. My assumptions have been challenged. Excited to read more into the research and try out in our school.

Using your materials across the federation has supported our Subject Leaders.

Helped us to get clarity on our three I’s.

Knowledge categories and threshold concepts have really helped me to think about how we structure our curriculum.

Fantastic, really opened my mind to current thinking and how this could be implemented.

It was all relevant and extremely useful. We are really interested in attending the Personal Development course.

Well-planned and set out course.

Questions to question why we deliver our curriculum in the way we do and how we can ensure long-term memory.

Moving away from teaching children content blocking and moving towards concepts. Now I can see how to get the deep level learning from ensuring children go over the basics. I would rate this course as excellent, thought provoking and challenging.

- 17.06.19 - 14.06.19 Sheffield

Theory based evidence to support ideas.

Really useful to focus on knowledge and link perception of skills – there’s been no much misconception about this.

When education hits a radical change like this – you can always rely on Chris to make it relevant to schools. Thanks Chris – really enjoyed the research elements of the course.

Chris’ knowledge and entertaining delivery makes attending his courses enjoyable and this week has enabled us to consider our curriculum and the direction we take it.

Wow – so many key concepts and useful things to reflect. Excellent – just incredible!

Clear explanations of each section with key questions to consider in order to be able to develop own school intent statement and curriculum design to suit our children.

Challenged thinking on ‘blocking’.

Threshold concepts, retrieval practise, intra-curricular topics and change of curriculum design were all great.

Resources of high quality. The content was very good.

Very detailed unpicking of ‘Intent’ has provided us with clarity.

Fantastic resources and clarity of messages/content. Amazing!

Thank you for a wonderful 2 days – we’ve lots to do!

This course is very engaging and analogies are very relevant and easy to understand.

Chris is an excellent speaker and very inspiring.

Real life examples. So much to link to our developments and new curriculum intent – it’s put ‘meat on bones’ of our ideas. We will be ready for Ofsted!

Thinking through intent/cultural capital to find drivers was useful, as was spacing/retrieval.

How to develop the Intent Statement and how this helps to develop the curriculum content was great.

Knowledge webs, progression, key concepts, milestones and how it all pieces together.

Excellent! Thank you!

Money well spent.

Dynamic and inspiring speaker that provokes thinking and facilitates reflection. Very informative and effective. 10/10.

Well thought out curriculum review process – challenging but exciting!

The work around intent was useful. Can’t wait to get back and implement the ideas.

Looking forward to our school inset and building on what I’ve learned/experienced. Thought provoking and motivating. Just what I and school needed.

Explanations were thorough and based on sound research. Very informative and engaging two days.

The course will inform all aspects of our curriculum planning process in school.

A brilliant two days! Feeling confident and inspired to take this back to school, work with colleagues and create a bespoke curriculum.

A super course helping to clarify and refine our own curriculum and building on prior (course materials) work already in place.

Good pace and excellent links with new Ofsted framework – very up-to-date. Lesley managed to fit two training days into one, so it was excellent value. Thank you for organising the day; it was perfect! Lesley was great.

- Lynn Smolinski, Head Teacher, Penny Bridge CE Academy, Cumbria

- Clear, enlightening, thorough journey through the latest research on learning.

- Outstanding level of content - so relevant to the situation our schools find themselves in on their own journeys of curriculum review.

- The ’76 take aways’ - exceptionally useful way of holding on to the training - also enabling delegates to share with others who did not attend.

- Outstanding from start to finish! Many, many thanks!

- Viv Ainsworth-Brown, Headteacher, Melling Primary School, Melling

Very informative on the background to the changes and relevant research findings. Some good ideas for the stages of curriculum development in the year ahead, together with a number of useful resources and texts. Teachers went away with a good understanding of the issues involved and were enthused to develop a number of the suggested ideas. Very pleased, indeed with the day. It has given us a very useful start to the school year and we are looking forward to working with the resources we ordered. Please pass on my thanks to Lesley.

- Vincent Jones, Headteacher, St Clare's RC Primary School, Manchester

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Chris for the conference for the Colne Valley cluster. We have used your curriculum as our starting point for 8 years in our school and we love it! It was so inspiring to have time to reflect today and to absorb your passion and expertise. What a rare treat. Look forward to next time.

- Julie Sarti, Headteacher, Colne Engaine C of E Primary School, Essex

It was an excellent day that will help to shape the curriculum at our network schools.

- The Redbridge Education Partnership Curriculum Network

We would use the Skype option again. It worked well on the first occasion and was a way for a good number of our staff to receive training at once. I liked the fact that Lesley not only suggested what we could do in class, but gave us links to find more examples to help us. I shall definitely incorporate some of the suggested activities, like writing a paragraph with words provided, using a couple of minutes for reflection in class and using appropriate questioning to encourage children to come up with better vocabulary, among others into my lessons next year. I found the training informative. It made me think of new ideas and ways that I can improve my focus on vocabulary.

- Hornbill School, Brunei

Absolutely excellent – insightful, relevant and exactly what we needed! Chris' delivery was engaging and the balance between information sharing and discussion was just right. My Lancot colleagues and I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it was a pleasure to host. Thank you.

- Claire Probert, Headteacher, Lancot Challenger Academy, Bedfordshire

The day was a great success; we received excellent feedback from delegates, all of whom really enjoyed Gary’s presentation and found the content stimulating. The session on enriching children’s vocabulary was particularly well-received. The resources were excellent and highly relevant, and the presentation had the right balance of interaction.

- Andrew Uglow, Director of Studies, Cokethorpe School, Oxon

The pace of the sessions was excellent. The whole group was engaged and time was given to allow each group to discuss the issues and share their thoughts with the whole group. Lesley led the session well and engaged everyone, and the whole training was geared to our school. An excellent consultant.

- Moya Rooney, Headteacher, St Bede's RC Primary School, South Tyneside

Yet again, it was an excellent course and we really enjoyed working with Richard. The progression of the learning within the course dealt with the 3 I's of the Ofsted Curriculum inspection model which was very informative and developmental. Richard is a great facilitator.

- Emma Harkins, Headteacher, Huntingtower CP Academy, Lincs

The session Craig delivered was very focused on our needs and our development as a school. We were able to deepen our understanding of teaching for mastery particularly looking at memory and we have been able to make rapid and realistic improvements over the last academic year.

- Debra Cannings, Headteacher, Linsdale Lower School, Beds

The time spent with Richard last week was invaluable - we knew where we wanted to get to, but we weren’t sure how to get there. Richard definitely set us on the right path. The idea of looking at the content of the National Curriculum, then the threshold concepts and milestones, and choosing topics that would allow us to cover all of this made complete sense. Designing a curriculum is a daunting task, but with Richard’s guidance and the Essentials curriculum, it feels like it is now a task that can be achieved in the near future.

- Elaine Mythen, Curriculum Coordinator, St George's International School, Luxembourg

Craig was knowledgeable and engaging. The information he provided was interesting and thought provoking.
The opportunities he gave for discussion and the activities provided enabled our thinking and will inspire
improved practice in the classroom. We will take the learning from these sessions and develop it further as part of our school development work over the next 2 years.

- Georgina Young, Headteacher, Houghton Primary School, Cambs

The whole day was extremely inspiring. The case studies helped show the potential of what could be produced and the opportunity to use Karen’s experience and knowledge in the afternoon supported staff in planning engaging, exciting activities which will motivate the children, but also staff that were enthusiastic about delivering. Signposting to free resources made the course ideas accessible and sustainable. Karen was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the Arts. As well as delivering the content of the course, she was able to personalise it to meet the needs of the schools involved, the abilities of the teachers and topics being covered.

- Lucy Hodges, Head of School, Trinity Academy Richmond, North Yorkshire

It was a great session and Chris was very well received! The step by step approach to considering the development of the curriculum, as well as the built in talk time that Chris gave us to consider ideas in our settings was very useful. Chris’ research was well received and he provided a reading list which was helpful in considering new and different approaches to curriculum design, for example, spacing. Many delegates discussed inviting Chris back to look further at the application of designing the curriculum.

- Chris Upton, Headteacher, Tarleton Community Primary School, Lancashire

My thanks to Craig for a great day, the training on Infusing Rich Vocabulary was very good and feedback from staff has been positive.

- Karen Cartright, Deputy Head, Elfrida Primary School, London

Booking Chris to deliver his Infusing Rich Vocabulary Course has been so easy and everyone has been extremely helpful. Thank you so much it made our first ‘River Wye Teaching Alliance’ course extremely easy to manage.

- River Wye Teaching Alliance

- 15.03.19 Newcastle

The previous training days I have attended have now all come together and I can link everything up – interleaving!!

It’s great to see how the theory ‘making it stick’ links with ‘continuous provision’ and support one another. 10/10.

Daily routines were very helpful.

It was an excellent day in terms of how it will support our curriculum development – loved it. Thank you!

The daily routines and the whole concept of Continuous Provision – such a clever way to cover breadth.


- 14.03.19 Sheffield

I found it really informative and I love the idea of practical takeaways.

It was very useful to understand why children forget and some strategies to help with this.

Explanation of long term/working memory and it’s application in the learner process was useful.

Like the short/sharp tips that can change practice within the classroom.

Great! Thank you!

Procedural, episodic, semantic planning with this in mind will be useful.

Chris is always thought provoking and provides really well thought out materials and practical examples.

Fabulous – you made a space for us at the last moment. Thank you!

Love the workbook – great to use for future to recap.

Latest research on how memory works.

Very informative - would love to attend more courses.


The materials and delivery of them were excellent.

Chris guided us through all the content with a great pace, excellent knowledge and the right balance between theory and practice.

Loved the puzzles.

Interleaved practise - interesting to find out that it’s not good to block as children learn more by doing it over a time.

Reinforcing that we need to slow down to ensure basic ‘skills’ are secure.

Activities that we can take away and apply to our teaching, e.g. mnemonics.

Fabulous day – provided the whole team with knowledge/theory needed to design our new curriculum.

All absolutely fascinating and relevant.

Thank you! A really great training session. Very insightful and I can’t wait to implement this in our school.

Very informative and made me think about what I do now, the effect it may have on the children and strategies to go forward.

I liked the handouts – found these useful and easy to follow. Video clips were useful and aided my understanding.

Useful ‘takeaways’ to take back to my team.

Best training I’ve been on. Loaded with content but not boring.

The literacy idea of using 2 settings and 4 characters was so simple but achievable. I can’t wait to do this with my class. I am so pleased you recognise the pressure of expecting independence in year 1. Nice to hear lots of what I have felt as a teacher that we rush through and don’t do anything well. Super ideas!

- 13.03.10 Bolton

I thought the entire day was extremely useful.

Chris was brilliant. So knowledgeable. Great explanation. Look forward to next training. Huge thank you!!

An incredibly useful day.

Hearing about evidence based practise and thinking about how children learn was great. A great day full of learning in a great environment – thank you.

Has helped me to refine own thinking and given me some valuable guidance on where to read more.

It has got me thinking about current practise in school and how effective is this in developing long-term memory. Very good, entertaining as well as very informative and thought provoking. Thanks.

Useful course that covered the implications of memory and how to support learning.

Chris condensed a wealth of research and information from cognitive science and summarised it into really meaningful/user friendly information. Really eye opening – pragmatic thinking which resonates with aspects of things we’ve been told to do in the past that have never felt right. I just loved it! Thank you Chris – I’ve always heard great things but never had the chance to hear you speak! Brilliant!

Chris modelling the style of pedagogy that will be required to help us develop long term memory and free up working was great.

Chris presents well. Lots of considerations to take back to school and quality documentation.

Thanks for the references for further reading.

Very informative and helpful. 10/10.

- 07.02.19 London

Quick take-away ideas to feedback to staff as instant practice chargers.

Fantastic day. Would recommend.

Very informative and thought provoking.

Reducing cognitive load, repetition, spacing and interleaving were useful.

Highly thought-provoking content delivered very clearly. Thank you! 100% - a fabulous day, fast paced, loads of content…

Interesting to look at the scientific procedures involved with long term 'v' short term learning.

Knowledge preceding creativity was useful. All of the day was very relevant and thought provoking. Excellent presentation, engaging.

Really useful opportunities to think about how we can develop our practice to ensure that learning sticks e.g., cultural capital and different in pedagogical approaches in BAD stages.

Tacit and connective memory and strategies for long term memory were great. Outstanding/informative.

This will feed into both our curriculum and teaching and learning policies.

New ideas, supported with research and principles. Today is a perfect ‘springboard’ to develop our current curriculum.


- 06.02.19 London

‘Shopping’ for a vocabulary list. Course had very inspiring ideas.

A wonderful session – gained many ideas for further developing vocabulary. Outstanding – very well organised and clearly presented.

Excellent content and delivery as usual.

Brilliant approach to developing vocabulary – linking to all aspects of cognition and learning.

Ideas on how to generate 400 words.

Inspired me to improve the vocabulary in school.

It was fantastic, so current and so useful.

The day was packed with examples and clear, explicit reasoning throughout. Energy levels were high even after lunch – sign of great content.

We have previously worked with Chris on Designed Curriculum and Continuous Provision. Having started our new designed curriculum in September, this leads me on to where to go next. As always, I’ve got loads of ideas, loads of motivation, I feel challenged but in a good way because I know where I want to get to and it feels possible!

It was nice to have some links to Early Years as this is often left out.

Loved the ideas for selecting and categorising vocabulary.

Pack is excellent.

I love the idea of exploring Latin and Greek roots with children, which should also help with their spelling. Great to have a bank of ideas at the end to apply straight away too.

Enjoyed the day very much!

Lovely handout manual!

The process of bringing the curriculum to writing through drawing and building upon pupil experience was useful. This will facilitate a more meaningful learning experience.

Lots of excellent, practical ideas and enthusiastic delivery. As a school we will definitely be changing our delivery of the curriculum and I am very excited about it. Thank you!

All very relevant and useful. Practical ideas and resources.

Really interesting to listen to the importance of vocabulary in school and how the curriculum can support this.

- 05.02.19 Newcastle

Clear to see how these ideas could be jointed to other initiatives e.g., thrive. Very clear, lots to consider and quality resources.


Excellent structure with clear and insightful content. I learnt a lot. High quality experience from start to finish.

All aspects were very useful. However, cognitive load theory and working memory were particularly helpful. Excellent all round. I liked the variety of styles of presentation and think the handbook is excellent.

High quality. Very informative.

Excellent standard of presentation. Outstanding!

Lots of useful theory and linked to practical approaches. Very interesting applications.

Theory to underpin revisiting and review of curriculum in school.

Organisation and mapping of key concepts and BAD made progression very clear. Thought provoking day for ideas to take back to school to review and evaluate current curriculum.

Everyone who attended felt they had been challenged and inspired. Gary was able to adapt the course for us and we found the work on curriculum drivers, the difference between mastery and greater depth and the cross curricular approach to sustaining mastery most useful.

- Tess Trewinnard, Headteacher, Woneresh and Shamley Green C of E Primary School, Surrey

All parts of the day were extremely useful. They closely matched the needs in our schools – to raise the bar in the teachers’ and children’s use of vocabulary. Matt made the link with my work on questioning and the importance of written vocabulary on working walls.

- Richard Queenborough, Director of Learning, Portico Academy Trust, Essex

Richard really was an excellent trainer. He got everyone on side, used humour and was skilful in ensuring everyone was included. He is clearly extremely knowledgeable and this came across in everything he said. We really enjoyed the day and gave us much food for thought.

- Lesley Blount, Headteacher, St Peter's CE Primary School, Bucks

Re-visiting and refreshing staff on curriculum aims and values was useful as were discussions about planning and how to teach discreetly or/and through interleaving. Richard was great.

- Alison Sinclair, Assistant Headteacher, Winton Primary School, Bournemouth

Craig was able to provide useful knowledge & experience on curriculum development and those key aspects we needed to bear in mind in developing a creative, high-quality humanities programme of study. We were very happy with Craig’s support.

- Liz Grundy, Headteacher, Longmoor Community Primary School, Liverpool

The vocabulary suggestions and strategies were extremely useful and staff followed up from the first day’s training in the classroom. Craig’s suggestions were eagerly taken up by the teachers and will be used in their lessons. The back up administration for the event has been outstanding.

- Diana Dryland, Headteacher, Bursted Wood Primary School, Kent

The whole day was so relevant for our current needs. We really enjoyed the ‘not yet’ tagline in relation to children mastering skills and most poignant was linking recognition and praise to effort rather than the outcome. We have all come away with ideas that can be put into place immediately – so thank you Matt!

- Rachel Dixon, Teacher, Biddick Hall Infant School, Tyne and Wear

Great information on depth of learning and the need to consider progression of skills as well as lots of fantastic ideas to use immediately. Matt was a great trainer who communicated well to understand our school's needs and tailored the presentation brilliantly to meet this.

- Stephanie Peters, Executive Headteacher, Haughmond Federation, Shropshire

- 11.12.18 Newcastle

How vocabulary can be embedded and taught throughout the curriculum and strategies to do this.

The whole day was very informative. The section regarding 3 tiers and how to apply this was very interesting.

Useful activities to improve writing through vocabulary, as this is an issue within school.

Latin and Greek root words were great.

Looking at work progression (depth and breadth) was useful. Such a useful and thought provoking course – lots of ideas to take our curriculum to the next level.

Looking at the reasons behind why a rich vocabulary is important was useful.

Really enjoyed the day – I was worried it wouldn’t be relevant for EYFS but was definitely appropriate and backed up what we are trying to do.

- 10.12.18 Newcastle

Ideas of how to implement back in school were useful.

Fantastic day – very useful and thought provoking in terms of whole school approach to vocabulary.

The tiers of vocabulary - ensuring staff have high expectations of all children, even our youngest ones, was useful. Excellent, I have been on various training with Chris and look forward to more.

This course was extremely useful in helping us look at vocabulary and in seeing some of the research behind an effective curriculum and some key issues in curriculum planning. We always receive high quality training or products and clear guidance in taking things forward.

The research behind the information was excellent.

New approaches to teaching vocabulary and its use across the curriculum memory ideas.

10/10! Brilliant course – extremely useful. Thank you.

How to strategically develop an approach to a vocabulary rich curriculum was helpful.

The whole day was inspirational and was extremely well planned to ensure that staff developed their understanding of the intent of the curriculum before moving on to considering the implementation. The opportunities to process and discuss ideas during the session meant that all staff were able to explore ideas, make links and develop concepts throughout the day. As always, Chris challenges staff in a non-threatening way and the humour is well placed to make people reflect on their own stance and the possible limitations of this. Having completed three courses with Chris over the last 2 years, it is impressive to see how his thinking evolves and keeps pace with current research linking closely to the national educational agenda. This was just what we needed to reboot our curriculum!

- Amanda Arnold, Executive Headteacher, Delves Federation, Walsall

This course was booked with fortuitous timing given that Ofsted had released strategy guidance on 18th December! Richard was completely up to date and included this in his programme.

The staff reported that they felt there was the perfect balance of presentation and time given for reflection and discussion. It enabled us to reconsider so many things that really needed the stimulus of this thought provoking day.

Richard took the time to talk through all the relevant Chris Quigley resources that would support our needs. We have as a result booked a demonstration of the DepthofLearning Tracking System for our senior and middle leaders next week.

I am very grateful for Richard’s flexibility in adjusting the start time at very short notice.

- Evelyn Harper, Headteacher, English Martyrs' Catholic Primary School, Birmingham

We had a very productive and enjoyable day with Matt. The course was pitched just right for the beginning of term. The day was well structured and Matt was very professional. He utilised his own knowledge, the power point presentation and elements from the on-going discussions to keep the staff on task. The focus of the day was constantly being reinforced. The staff (and one governor) were thoroughly engaged throughout the day and have each taken away a range of thoughts and suggested next steps for their own curriculum area. A very thought provoking day. High quality course which more than met our expectations.

- Angela Boxall, Headteacher, Warboys Community Primary School, Cambridgeshire

Staff received the training Chris delivered very well and were very positive about the elements of the day. Excellent – once again a really useful and inspiring day – Many thanks.

- Mark Gilbert, Head Teacher, Abbey Primary School, Walsall

We found the session Chris delivered very helpful in enabling us to think about the quality of the curriculum that we deliver to our children. We are aware that we spend so much time worrying about coverage that we neglect the importance of ensuring that the fundamentals are fully embedded in the children’s long-term memory before moving on. The session has allowed us to start some useful discussions amongst staff about how we can better organise our curriculum and we are looking to work together on this so that a new curriculum plan is in place for the next academic year. We would definitely recommend Chris Quigley Education to others.

- Jane Wright, Deputy Headteacher, Deadwood Primary School, Kent

Lesley was very friendly and professional. The staff valued the training and it has provided ideas for how we can continue to develop our curriculum provision at Northcote.

- Charlotte Foden, Deputy Head Teacher, Northcote Primary School, Liverpool

Very good quality Inset. Richard was very personable and had a fantastic ability to support our journey into Chris Quigley and the milestones.

- Kate Benton, Bushbury Lane Academy, Wolverhampton

- 28.11.18 Bolton

The concept of a communication curriculum was great.

I enjoyed the discussion on etymology and making connections between words.

A brilliant day and I can see how this will have an impact on teaching and learning in my school. I left full of ideas and enthusiasm.

How to immerse children in language, not just in the wider curriculum, but within core subjects too.

Really liked Chris’ vision and will certainly take this back to school.

Spiralling across learning domains – B.A.D.

The importance of not just teaching vocabulary via English lessons.

Practical ideas and resources backed up by research. Chris is very knowledgeable and provided many examples. We will definitely be taking many ideas back to school to improve our curriculum.

I liked the tier system for organising words. The bank of new activities are great.

I feel like I can develop a whole school action plan based on the day’s training.

Learning about children’s cognitive behaviour was great as it should be a much bigger focus in the school setting.

‘Intent’ – getting the starting point right drives everything else. Lovely to hear cognitive psychology backing up ‘basics’!

The opportunity to consider how best to review our curriculum with additional knowledge from research. Inspirational and thought provoking in equal measure! Many thanks for a wonderful day.

The section on threshold concepts was useful. Brilliant!

I have enjoyed the day, found it very useful and would recommend to others.

- 20.11.18 Sheffield

Discussion on thinking through the traditional ‘blocking’ of the curriculum and how this doesn’t suit children’s learning.

I have been encouraged to consider why we do what we do – design or default!

Simple messages linked to complex psychology so everyone is clear.

5 star as always!

Spacing and interleaving were useful.

A breakdown of the process of curriculum design and the theory behind it.

An amazing insight into thinking more deeply about the intent of our curriculum.

Longterm memory strategies very useful.

Intent, implementation and impact were useful, as were threshold concepts v breadth.

Clear structure on how to design the curriculum.

- 19.11.18 Newcastle

Challenged my thinking.

Theory and research with practical examples to use in the class. A nice number of people and very good resources.

The course provided clear reasons for why it is essential to have a systematic approach to the introduction of vocabulary. Lots of practical ideas which could be transferred to the classroom.

Super quality – great day.

The different activities to encourage the use/understanding of new words were useful.

Good quality materials.

- 15.11.18 London

Strategies and processes to help us reflect on how to widen our vocabulary curriculum in a meaningful and purposeful way.

Every idea was supported by examples/practical support.

The template and process for creating a vocabulary progression document was useful.

Fantastic course. I can’t wait to get back to school and try things out. If you ever need another school to work with, let us know!

Very engaging and relevant, thank you!

Great resources and insightful ideas.

Lots of strategies for teaching vocabulary in depth and practical ways to implement within the classroom.

Fantastic course – very clear and inspirational.

The advantages and results rich vocabulary can have on work produced were insightful.

Great activity ideas at the end.

I am so looking forward to infusing vocabulary into our curriculum and love the practical activities. Thank you so much for being so focused on infusion – so often courses are geared more towards KS2 and it was all pertinent to me and our school!

It was brilliant. The day flew by and I’ll take so many ideas and strategies back to school.

Adding the curriculum to our writing, not writing across the curriculum – a different way of thinking.

Richard was excellent and very good at facilitating discussions.

- Carolyn Ellis-gage, Parkside Complex Needs School, Norfolk

I should like to express my appreciation for the day Chris led at Staverton Primary School in Trowbridge recently. My staff attended as part of a four school initiative and the messages conveyed were timely and well received. I usually enjoy courses when points are made with which I agree! In this case, there were several points where my current and past thinking was challenged and ideas re-framed. I was so pleased that all my teachers heard the same message. I always enjoy listening to people who know their onions and Chris is obviously one such.

- Roger Whitewick, Headteacher, Holbrook Primary School, Wilts

- 08.11.18 London

Examples from other schools were useful.

‘Memory is the residue of thought’.

It was all incredibly relevant and realigned thinking. Very current - very ‘doable' - strategies.

A very useful day – thank you.

Very good, useful advice and tips. Very helpful and thought provoking.

Clear knowledge based on experience.

The real examples from Chris’ experience were useful, as were the research studies and evidence. A thought provoking day. I feel enthused to start revamping the curriculum provision in my school.

The research into cognitive learning and how important memory is to sustained mastery was useful.

- 07.11.18 Birmingham

Lots of great ideas and things to discuss with the staff back at school.

The importance of distinguishing between breadth and depth was useful.

Brilliant thanks!

Such a great speaker and inspirational.

The understanding of cognitive domain to reach greater depth and threshold concepts were useful.

Clarification of sustained mastery/greater depth.

As always, it was inspiring and makes complete sense. A sensible and well-researched approach to curriculum design and the pedagogy of teaching. Thank you.

Enabled us to consider our current curriculum provision and ideas to make required changes. The day gave us much needed direction and confidence to make the changes. An excellent thought provoking day backed up by relevant research and first hand experience.

We have been investigating cognitive overload, therefore the spacing, interleaving made a lot of sense. Now we will go and investigate retrieval practise, especially linking it to the continuous provision part of our SDP.

Thank you. I love how it made me think deeply about our curriculum and what practical steps I can take to improve ours.

Threshold concepts throughout the year groups – very useful.

Chris is very thought provoking and challenges listeners to think about the subject from a different perspective.

Excellent. Well paced and engaging. Very informative. Thank you.

An excellent course delivered by an expert – thank you.

Really liked the idea about curriculum drivers.

- 17.10.18 Birmingham

Fantastic conference - informative and thought provoking.

Excellent, inspiring day – very well presented.

We are really struggling to engage children in writing and your approach is going to really help.

I have gained so much from the course and feel enthusiastic to make changes at school.

Insightful, useful, inspiring as usual.

Didn’t stop nodding and scribbling things down all day.

Fabulous! So glad I was allowed to come.

Loved it all! Especially the afternoon on cognition, changing approaches to dictionary/traditional methods.

Totally different perception of vocabulary - I am now thinking how to adapt Foundation subjects rather than English.

How to capture the essence of words and explain the meaning in everyday language - supports children with depth of understanding. Found the etymology very interesting and can see how this would engage the pupils. Research underpinning conference was extensive and helpful.

Looking at ‘word depth’ rather than just the amount of words that need to be taught was useful. Excellent useful ideas to take back to school to increase children’s vocabulary through a broad and balanced curriculum.

Exactly what we need in school, addresses the needs of our children and builds on previous Chris Quigley materials. I haven’t made this many notes for ages, can’t wait to take it back to school.

Seeing examples of how vocabulary has enriched writing across the curriculum and the progression from Early Years to Year 6. Good links back to key research.

Fantastic subject knowledge. I always value evidence-based input.

Chris was a fabulous speaker!

Excellent - wish every organisation we come into regular contact with was as efficient!

I can see the impact of what a vocabulary infused curriculum can produce.

I can see the impact of what a vocabulary infused curriculum can produce.

Useful activities for children to have a go at. I feel like I’ve learned loads today!

Our children always struggle with inference and the idea that is due to low cultural capital makes perfect sense - thank you.

Opportunities to discuss and start the process of creating rich vocabulary lists. Course was good value as it dealt with enriching vocabulary but also gave the opportunity to evaluate the current curriculum – challenging current/traditional practice. Thank you.


It was amazing and very inspirational - thank you.

Great! Such a good use of a day! Thank you.

Practical tips for implementation in school.

- 16.10.18 Sheffield

Chris’ courses are always engaging and give us lots of food for thought in moving forwards.

A very interesting course – some great ideas and voiced by a very down to earth, relatable person.

Vocabulary list creations for subject specific areas were useful.

Ideas for embedding etymology.

Research behind how crucial vocabulary is in increasing life chances for our children and how to infuse this in the curriculum. Inspiring speaker, lots of content covered and food for thought!

Love how Chris brought my question from earlier into the afternoon session – it gave me practical ideas to address the issue.

A very informative day with numerous ways to implement and enrich vocabulary within the curriculum.

Thinking about building vocabulary over 2 years to deepen knowledge on a topic – I feel like this is missing from our curriculum. Practical steps for teaching vocabulary to implement in class.

Statistics on word recognition/comprehension and examples of percentage word recognition were very eye opening and will be useful when creating reading comprehension lessons. Also, how knowledge of the word can impact on writing.

Cultural capital and threshold concepts were useful. I liked the fact that everything was backed up by either first hand experiences or research.

400 words idea was great. Wonderful!

Giving examples of work produced by children in the classroom was very useful. Excellent – great subject knowledge with a fun delivery.

Child friendly definitions were helpful.

Discussing the breadth/depth of vocabulary and how cross curricular links can help the understanding of words was useful.

Dear Chris, I wanted to thank you for a truly inspirational day. I absolutely loved every moment and can’t wait to infuse the curriculum I’m offering to the children in my class, with a rich and challenging bank of vocabulary. Using your booklet, I even managed to deliver the key elements from the day to my family around the tea table!

- Joanna Gurr, Teacher, Staverton School, Wilts

Thank you, we had a great day with Richard, everyone really enjoyed it and found it informative. It was a pleasure to meet and work with Richard. The day was very useful and promoted good discussion amongst the staff attending. It made us all re-think the idea behind the new curriculum and what greater depth actually meant.

- Sara Dangerfield, Headteacher, Peaslake Free School and Shere School, Surrey

Please pass on my sincere thanks to Robin for his hard work in preparing such a personalised day for us. It was the best value for money CPD we have had for a long time. When my staff, as well as those we have invited to join us for the training, all go out of their way to email me and thank me for organising the day, I know it has been a good training session; I even had a personal thank you from one member of staff who emailed;

‘thank you for today – loved it!’

Robin was entertaining and inspiring. He had taken on everything I had asked for in order to tailor the day to suit our needs. For this I am extremely grateful as it meant a lot of juggling for him too but was so worthwhile for the staff.

- Julie Ball, Executive Headteacher, Bomere & the XI Towns Federation, Shropshire

Brilliant session and such useful information provided. Best session I’ve been to.

Robin was brilliant, very passionate about children and his job, gave some really insightful information not just about assessment but about schools in general.

Can we have this lecturer for most of our remaining lectures?

It was so interesting to hear a perspective from somebody actually in the school environment at this moment in time. Thanks to Robin for such a good day.

A very engaging speaker. Thank you for enabling us to access such a thinker.

Brilliant lecture, kept us engaged.

- Comments from Primary Education Undergraduates

- 25.09.18 Newcastle

Explaining greater depth through different analogies at the beginning was really helpful. An in depth look at what greater depth looks like across the curriculum. Love the daily routines – definitely getting four clocks.

A good day. Thank you!

Clear strategies to embed the development towards greater depth and how to link objectives to maths. This will allow us to spend more time to ensure content is embedded before progressing towards greater depth. Really informative and engaging. Superb 10/10.

Clear explanations around the difference between basic, advanced and deep cognitive processes and therefore greater depth. Excellent resources, delivery and content.

The daily routine ideas were great – quick and easy things that can be introduced. Well resourced, planned and delivered.

As an NQT, I’m still wrapping my head around challenge and greater depth, and I’m looking forward to trying these ideas out!

Reinforced what we believe in! Buzzing with ideas.

Ideas for increased language in the classroom were helpful.

The clear explanation of the need to revisit learning and deepen it over time really struck a chord with my staff, it was music to their ears! The idea that progression through objectives should be identified with “not a tick, but a tally” really was a ‘golden nugget’. I have to say that I went home delighted on Friday. I could see a perceptible change in my staff as they realised that Chris’ message was one they have been waiting for, for years: learning is not achieved in one lesson or event. Feedback from staff has been very positive, with one teacher professing to have “found God” in a real nirvana moment of what we ought to be doing for our children, and another described the morning as, “The best CPD I’ve had for years!” There was a real buzz around school. I am confident that Chris’ excellent training has put us in a good place to move our schools forward, so thank you!

- Rebecca Jordan, Head Teacher, Thorns Primary School, West Midlands

Chris just ignites that spark again of why we work with children, and helps push through the swathes of unnecessary paperwork. Chris visited my previous school where we used the Creative Themes for Learning, Depth of Learning Tracker and the Essentials Curriculum. My new role is within a large Trust and so I needed Chris to sprinkle his magic to all of the other schools and start that conversation Trust wide. Chris and his products helped my previous school move mountains and I would love to see that having a wider effect to all pupils within the Trust.

- Rebecca Clayton, Director of Improvement and Performance, Enquire Learning Trust, Wakefield

Everything in booking with Chris Quigley Education was very smooth. Office staff, administration and communication were great. Lesley was friendly, informative and facilitated the day very well, working with staff as she went along. Many thanks.

- Elaine Ritchie, Headteacher, Ballymena Primary School, County Antrim

Having all classroom-based staff attend the INSET day provided a whole school opportunity to evaluate our current practice. The day proved to be very useful and informative so that all staff were able to take something away that they were able to implement in the classroom and collectively make a difference. A very inspiring and thought provoking day.

- Terry Jones, Headteacher, Perryfields Primary School, West Midlands

Useful to know that we can cut down what we do whilst being compliant with regulations. The information about mastery and the chance to begin a review of our current curriculum provision using the matrix were very useful too. Craig was very helpful and patient.

- Debra Cannings, Headteacher, Linslade Lower School, Bedfordshire

A big thank you to Chris. Yet again it was a truly inspirational day and had a huge impact on the team. Staff are motivated to try out the quick routines and some of these have already been introduced this week. Chris was realistic about what actually happens in the classroom and feedback from all staff was totally positive and they had a brilliant day.

- Lindsay Smith, Deputy Headteacher, Cliffedale Primary School, Lincs

Matt was great, everybody enjoyed the inset and we've got a lot to unpack from it. Matt gave solid examples of how to implement curriculum planning with plans and examples from his school. We particularly liked the discussion around school drivers and how to achieve depth of learning. I would rate my booking with Chris Quigley Education as excellent.

- Steve Long, Assistant Headteacher, Cassiobury Junior School, Hertfordshire

The service from Chris Quigley Education has been excellent from start to finish. I have been on many Chris Quigley courses and always find them inspiring. To be able to host training at school has been fantastic and has provided the opportunity for all of the staff to listen and become inspired as I have in the past few years. Thank you!

- Tara Davies, Principal, Our Ladies Catholic Primary School, Oxford

Chris was able to personalise the day to suit the needs of our school. Chris had really good ideas about how we can assess deeper understanding and really back up our judgements about the progress and attainment of pupils. Chris has a calm and measured way of delivering and all staff took a lot from the training.

- Charlotte Foden, Deputy Head Teacher, Northcote Primary School, Liverpool

- 27.06.18 Birmingham

Up to date and current. Lots of energy and passion. I liked how the consistent message was ‘What’s right for your school isn’t what’s right for all’.

This course has been useful to enable our school to develop a bespoke and purposeful curriculum for our children.

Brilliant day, thank you!

Great speaker and mentor as always. Thank you!

Excellent course which challenged thinking.

The day made me look back at my curriculum and really made me think about why we do most of it, and highlighted several areas for change.

Brilliant, inspiring and enjoyable course – lots of good, practical ideas.

Very happy I came. Going back with lots of ideas.

The whole thing was useful. In particular; curriculum drivers, planning for relentless consistency and looking at breadth, depth and balance.

Guidance and understanding of depth and building long term memory. Really interesting discussion on cognitive ability.

Changing mindsets on curriculum mapping was useful.

An inspirational speaker, great knowledge of the curriculum.

Real examples and ideas of how this could look in my own school, as well as the materials to start to make changes with my staff. Thank you – I feel inspired! What a fantastic day!

Loved the research based learning that’s going on.

The whole day was useful and I am now able to take ideas such as curriculum drivers and implement them within our current curriculum.

This has been a fantastic day – we now have a lot to think about!

- 20.06.18 Essex

Made me reflect, offered ideas and sparked future opportunities for change.

This course has given me the structure to support curriculum development and opportunities to question and reflect.

Lots of next steps are in my book to discuss with staff. A very useful day with lots to think about. Thank you.

Thank you – really enjoyed it and reminded me of why I do the job!!

Brilliant ideas to adapt the curriculum to what our school needs.

Gave a real focus for how to move my school forward quickly.

The whole course was really useful – enabled me to really think about how the school’s curriculum is formed and how to evaluate it, as well as how other staff can be involved with resources to support that.

Very inspiring.

Great to consider foundation subjects as important as core subjects! Very knowledgeable, high quality training.

Thinking about sustained mastery for the children’s understanding vs speed of moving on and ticking off was useful. I would highly recommend it. Very passionate and knowledgeable.

All of it was useful but we really took a lot away from the SMSC as well as the core of why we do the things in the curriculum that we currently do.

Robin’s presentation style and professionalism was brilliant and honest and open. He managed to work closely with the SLT in the morning and then completely change tack and inspire and motivate the rest of the teaching staff in the afternoon.

Honestly the day was amazing and Robin was completely able to adapt and respond to our needs and requests. The most useful SLT day we have had facilitated by someone else, ever.

- Vicki Briody, Headteacher, Abacus Belsize Primary, London

Craig delivered Questioning for Greater Depth to the North Liverpool Learning network.

All of the course was useful but the most useful was getting Headteachers to think of basic, advanced and deepening questions.

Craig was very good at adapting the session slightly to include HT / curriculum considerations. The quality of the training was very good.

- David Woodhouse, Learning Network Coordinator, North Liverpool Learning Network

The whole day was very useful and was well received by the schools attending. There were some very pertinent messages in the current climate around making best use of teacher time as well as the children’s overall level of productivity. Chris provided lots of thoughts for us to feed into our current redesign of the curriculum and into the ways we think about progress. Please pass on my thanks to Chris for a very valuable day.

- Jonathan Moody, Principal, Edenthorpe Hall Primary Academy, Doncaster

As always Chris is inspiring and challenging.

Understanding the 3 principles for securing progress towards greater depth.

An opportunity to really be analytical about own practices and then thoughtfully improve them in ways that would/should work. Excellent presentation, well-paced and entertaining. Outstanding!

Thinking about retention of information and moving away from blocking! Just because you do something once doesn’t mean the children know it. You won’t get to deep understanding in one day.

I found the PoP activities useful and can see how these can be applied across the curriculum. Thank you for an inspiring day!

I liked looking at different ways to teach science rather than blocking.

Curriculum design and how to organise topics to ensure children ‘remember’ was useful.

Really useful for how to bring greater depth learning to all subjects – very easy to understand and apply. A really detailed course and thought provoking.

What B.A.D. looks like in the classroom, organisation of curriculum, continuous provision, difference between breadth and depth was great. I found it really useful to hear about (from Chris) practical examples of how his ideas look in the classroom and how to organise the curriculum. Thanks Chris – found today fascinating and very useful.

Gaining an understanding of Basic, Advancing and Deep learning/concept was useful.


Examples of work – very, very useful.

Listening to how Chris rationalised the ideas was useful: each time I listen it becomes embedded, making me more effective when I talk to my teachers.

- 19.06.18 Newcastle

How to get children to use their long term memory and greater depth was useful. Came to course title because that’s what we wanted. We got so much more. Excellent.

Greater terminology/terms to planning new curriculum. Very clear on how children can progress and ways of thinking. Best course I have been on! Brilliant!

Absolutely everything was useful. Opened my mind to a different approach to curriculum planning and examples of children’s work which shows the benefits. So interesting to explore ways to make the curriculum more accessible and spaced learning makes such sense!

Finding out about how the science curriculum works across the key stages and milestones was useful.

B.A.D. tasks and changing teaching styles to suit these was useful.

Great day all round. Idea of PoP task very useful. Challenging pre-conceptions of curriculum overview.

- 13.06.18 Kenilworth

Great, calm, thoughtful approach at a pace that was digestible. Thank you!

EYFS information was useful.

Well explained examples. Very useful session. Thank you.

Clear, well-paced delivery matched and complimented with excellent handout.

The presentation was most useful. Thank you. Good to be signposted to the various aspects of ASP data, especially the drilling down of questions on previous exam/test papers.

Question level analysis was useful.

The course provided an opportunity to understand ASP and discuss our own current data. A good, thought provoking session.

Very good to have a walk-through of the document.

- 14.06.18 Birmingham

- 13.06.18 - Birmingham

Extremely useful. Excellent as always!

Clarification of the different levels of questioning and good discussions around ‘deep’ was useful.

Practical ideas and application. Lots of ideas and planning. A*

Clearer understanding of the depth across the key stages. Perhaps my practice lingers too long and therefore not enough retrieval practice.

Thanks for all the book recommendations.

Reminders of BAD have been used before but new ideas and methods of how to implement ideas, books and activities to develop was useful. Great day with lots of time for reflection.

Fabulous day! Great to have time to reflect and discuss. Clear and concise.

- 13.05.18 Dubai

Really appreciate the resources shared – very helpful for CPD.

Moving away from ‘block’ learning, we are now going to trial this in a couple of year groups in science next year. Really good tips on ‘daily routines’ and continuous provision.

Valuable, insightful structures to support our school outlook on the mastery curriculum. Having some time to reflect with Chris personally was also useful.

Threshold concepts, milestones and interleaving are 3 key points that I wish to discuss further with my school. Thank you – you’ve given me lots to think about and do!

The impact is going to be huge. It’s a huge part of how our school is looking to develop.

10/10. Brilliant.

Very engaging, fab stories! Easy to follow and want to hear more!

The session was very informative and Chris had amazing examples to simplify and clarify each area. Insightful and knowledgeable speaker. Good and enjoyable day. Thank you.

Fantastic day – can take a lot back and begin to use in school straight away.

Very useful – again!

Great course to think about a different way to design a curriculum. Great and engaging training session.

Love the idea of threshold concepts. Fantastic delivery. Chris is obviously very passionate about and committed to this.

"Thanks again for an inspirational talk. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the morning and were really buzzing as they left. As the host school we had lots of positive comments about what Chris said. One quote, 'so inspiring yet simple to achieve'."
Chris delivered a morning session on Teaching & Learning with a particular focus on Continuous Provision to 40 delegates.

- Carol May, Deputy Principal, Hazel Leys Academy, Corby

Chris delivered his Greater Depth in English course and all participants from 20 schools were inspired by the whole day.

- Anita Cliff, Executive Head Teacher, Manor Multi Academy Trust, Wolverhampton

Discussing the three elements of curriculum design and understanding what depth is was really useful as was having time to discuss our drivers and looking at continuous provision examples.

We have had a very good two days – we just wish it could’ve been longer!

- Vicky Evans, Principal, St Johns CE Primary Academy, Staffs

The opportunity to discuss continuous threads and to stop and discuss at regular points throughout the day was useful. Matt was able to adapt the day to meet our school needs. Very clear booking and delivery of session.

- Rachel Wells, Head Teacher, West Heslerton CE Primary School, North Yorkshire

It was another fantastic day. Our school leaders found the content relevant and thought-provoking. Chris tailored the day to our needs, using his knowledge of our school to make the day highly engaging and useful. We have really enjoyed our consultancy days with Chris. We value his opinions and insight into the work we are doing, and have gained a great deal from his input.

- Mandy Lawrence, Deputy Head Teacher, Keys Meadow Primary School, Middlesex

I think that the biggest compliment that can be paid to Craig and the content delivered is that even on a Friday afternoon teachers were enthused by the input – to the point that they were planning lessons/activities that could incorporate the ideas being delivered.
Our school’s objective for the training was to develop our curriculum further to ensure that children are being challenged to attain highly – particularly in the humanities – and that teachers have the tools they need at their disposal – particularly in relation to the questions that they are asking. The approach that Craig explained to create a blend of basic, advancing and deep questions into activities, lessons and units of work was one that really appealed to our teachers and curriculum leaders so that our Greater Depth children have the opportunity to be challenged in a way that means they can demonstrate their greater understanding. I feel that teachers were challenged too to ensure that the questions they were generating were deep – as initially many had the misconception that ‘Advanced’ questions were ‘Deep’.
Meaningful examples demonstrated in a clear way how this questioning approach could be used in many different curriculum areas and how important those skills linked to oracy were.
Teachers grew in confidence in their understanding of the role that deep questions can play in the short term (an activity or lesson) and the long (over a unit of work) – and how such questions could be used as a stimulus to a lesson so that formative assessment can take place to more accurately pitch a unit of work. The training matched the brief perfectly and will play a real role in driving up the confidence of teaching staff and standards in our school.

- Mark Garside, Deputy Headteacher, Longmoor Community Primary School, Liverpool

Working with Chris over the two days has surpassed our expectations. We have had an opportunity to focus on curriculum design and finding a balance between meeting the statutory requirements and building a curriculum that is carefully designed for our children and community. It enabled us to question the content and delivery of our curriculum and with Chris’ guidance push the expectation of curriculum design beyond the normal thought processes. We were able to analyse our values and priorities and ensure these are encapsulated within our new curriculum. Throughout the sessions Chris was able to expertly identify the areas that our schools needed to develop and plan professional development for staff accordingly. The staff thoroughly enjoyed the session on continuous provision and are keen to explore the concept further. I am keen to continue the professional development into the next academic year for the development of the curriculum. One area I am keen to develop further, as I think it is vital to the success of our new curriculum, is around vocabulary.

- Stephanie Peters, Executive Head, Haughmond Federation, Harlescott Junior School and Sundown Infant School and Nursery

- 19.04.18 Gloucester

Engaging, inspiring and outstanding! Thank you!

Thank you for flexibility when changing date.

The most useful parts of the day for me were SMSC, drivers and I loved the mindful dog poster!

Made me think about the curriculum in greater depth particularly in foundation subjects. I’m inspired.

Lots of very thought provoking information and questions to work with back in school. It’s given us some very clear ways to move forward, involving all the staff, in designing a curriculum which is fit for purpose. Thank you very much!

Excellent. Thought provoking, useful and relevant. 10/10.

Clearly defining broad, balanced, and depth in a curriculum was useful.

- 21.03.18 Bolton

Very informative and useful CPD!

Very thought provoking day.

How we can embed SMSC and British Values was useful.

Having the opportunity to question and reflect on our curriculum was great. Thank you for the ideas and inspiration.

Very supportive and great CPD for an introduction to designing the curriculum. Great real life examples.

All of it was useful. We are at the start of our journey with a new SLT and want to make our curriculum meaningful to us.

I found every minute of the day useful. Truly inspiring day!

Knowing that our curriculum can be slimmed down so children are given the opportunity to repeat and practise was helpful.

- 20.03.18 Sheffield

It was so thought provoking. We will be going back and starting our curriculum re-design with a re-focus.

Excellent course, very useful and useable.

The very practical and inspiring suggestions given by Chris to tackle issues we all face were useful. Chris is fabulous, easy to talk to and listen to and really inspiring in his work. Thank you.

Great advice and great examples of how a designed curriculum has worked in schools.

The model for curriculum (breadth and milestones) was useful.

I am now thinking differently about subject delivery.

The focus on key skills, what makes a good historian, was useful.

It absolutely resonates with what I believe education should be.

Truly inspirational!

Really helpful handout – able to make notes and a useful resource to take away and use back at school.

A plethora of ideas – realistic and achievable and much food for thought.

Super, smashing, lovely and great! I took away lots of food for thought.

Very engaging, motivating and inspiring.

The course has brought clarity to the process of how we are going to re-design our current curriculum specific to the needs of ‘our’ children. It has been an incredibly useful day that has drawn on other areas not just the curriculum. Thank you for inspiring me to do better for the children.

Always a fantastic professional development day!

- 14.03.18 London

It was so thought provoking. We will be going back and starting our curriculum re-design with a re-focus.

Excellent course, very useful and useable.

The very practical and inspiring suggestions given by Chris to tackle issues we all face were useful. Chris is fabulous, easy to talk to and listen to and really inspiring in his work. Thank you.

Well worth coming. Thank you!

The SMSC review was useful.

Made us re-evaluate our current curriculum and developed my understanding of mastery.

Loved the holistic approach and starting with SMSC because it is overlooked/taken for granted.

Breaking down the curriculum into breadth and depth with key examples of how to achieve an effective curriculum was useful.

Prompted thinking about whether everything always needs to be taught and thinking about more real life experiences to make learning real.

Really helpful to have frameworks for work back at the school. Left with so many ideas.

Lots to think about and all realistic and ‘do-able’.

We designed a new curriculum 4 years ago but we are aware it needs renewing. This was an excellent stimulus for us.

I have so many ideas I want to implement. Excellent day. Would definitely recommend to others.

Packed full of thought provoking items.

This is my second Chris Quigley course and both have been outstanding.

Chris is an impressive speaker who is able to relate well to issues currently faced in schools. A great course.

- 13.03.18 Southampton

Examples of how to design the curriculum to provide depth. Excellent course – a lot of ideas to think about and explore.

Loved having my approach to curriculum mapping challenged! So excited to do some work with my staff!

Tools to evaluate how SMSC is embedded throughout all areas of school.

Great day as always. Lots of food for thought.

The criteria for a balanced and broad curriculum ‘v’ basis curriculum was useful.

The idea of ‘small steps’ and the need to revisit learning/skills throughout each year was useful. Really well delivered!

Just what I needed!

‘Permission’ to put children at the heart of the curriculum. Chris was very easy to listen to and everything shared could be related to

I have a much better idea of the changes I need to make to our curriculum to improve outcomes for pupils.

A great overview of principles and way forward for curriculum. We are stuck in old ways and although this means radical development, the course has given us a superb starting point.

I found the explanation of the difference between breadth and depth very useful indeed – this will really help me to develop the understanding of our staff. It was refreshing to learn not only that there is much to development, but also that there is much about our curriculum that we should celebrate.

Provoking thoughts about how we define success and what deep learning is.

We are so delighted that we have managed to book Chris, many of our schools do use his materials and both myself and my senior English lead are huge fans of the Greater Depth Reading document.

- Shoshannah Thompson, School Improvement Officer, London Borough of Tower Hamlets

We had a fabulous day with Chris on Continuous Provision, thank you! We especially liked the 10 daily routines, the dashboards, how to combine subjects without adding to workload, as well as models of how to fit things into the timetables.

- Fiona Radford, Children & Young People's Services, Metropolitan Borough Council

Please thank Chris for our Head Teacher cluster training on Leadership of Learning. He was fantastic! I could listen to him all day! He gave me more confidence to continue to develop my school based on our principles rather than external criteria and I would love to work with him again.

- Lynn Smolinski, Head Teacher, Penny Bridge CE Academy, Cumbria

- 28.02.18 Hull

Love all the examples and analogies Chris gives and the realism with which he delivers his message. Booking was great and incredibly accommodating as we had to change dates. Both content and delivery were fab!

Made me look at our curriculum and provided ideas for a new design to encourage breadth and balance. Very inspiring. Excellent quality.

Useful ideas on where to start when designing a curriculum that meets our learners’ needs. Great opportunity to focus our thinking on reviewing current provision and practice.

Considering the breadth/depth of the curriculum, particularly with foundation subjects was useful.

The emphasis on depth as opposed to breadth was useful.

The materials to use for CPD back at school are excellent.

How to make SMSC at the heart of the curriculum was interesting. Reviewing the curriculum and making it part of the welcome to our school was useful, as were the policy ideas and statements.

- 27.02.18 - Sheffield

Great ideas with short literacy/numeracy activities. Intra-curricular for maths activities and objectives.

All of it was highly relevant and inspirational. All scenarios resonated with myself and my colleague. Rationale was clear. OUTSTANDING!

The day has given me key messages and changed the focus from coverage to understanding. Long term – hopefully teachers will enjoy being teachers again.

Brilliant, letter prior to event, well resourced and great speaker on the day.

Thought provoking ideas around continuous provision within the classroom!

Brilliant presentation, very inspiring and useful.

I liked the reasoning behind initiatives. Great ideas and expert delivery as always.

The analysis of the curriculum to deepen and advance understanding rather than focus on content was useful.

Handy hints and tips which are easy to bring back to school.

Inspiring and thought provoking!

Love the concept of ‘Teach & Tinker’ as a model.

Quick ideas which would be easy to implement. Inspiring day which has given me lots of ‘food for thought’. Excellent 5*

Chris was knowledgeable and his ideas were useful and practicable. We all enjoyed his delivery – just the right balance of humour and professionalism. Thank you Chris!

- Kate McKenna, Deputy Head Teacher, Sacred Heart Primary School, Newcastle upon Tyne

The day provided us with a framework to refine our school curriculum design. Your office provided prompt, efficient and courteously helpful communications at all times.

- Gareth Davies, Head Teacher, Holy Apostles' School, Cheltenham

I would rate my booking as 10/10. The event ran smoothly, everything was very professional, well organised and helpful. Good evaluations from all the delegates on the day.

- Sarah O'Gorman, North Dudley Learning Partnership

- 06.02.18 Southampton

Very clear and well paced. The background around assessment was very interesting. Good opportunity to look at resources. Excellent.

Great day – lots of time to talk and think.

Looking at the re-design of the SEF and making the evaluation work for us as a school was useful. As always, I find it interesting to listen to Chris’ wealth of experience. Great quality again.

Interesting to explore the magic quadrants. A productive day.

An opportunity to explore a different way of evaluating provision and to reflect on other aspects of school practice.

A new/different way to look at writing the SEF – visually easy to understand.

A new way to look at self-evaluation, that would be visual, possibly collaborative, easy to share and manageable. I feel re-enthused to look at our provision afresh.

You can see at a glance where the strengths/weaknesses are for your school. I feel very enthusiastic about taking some of the ideas into school.

- 05.02.18 Newcastle upon Tyne

An excellent day!

Very thought provoking. Good quality resources and lots of ideas given.

Today has given me lots of ideas of where to start having been assigned the role of reviewing our current curriculum provision. There are lots of examples to take away, i.e. Breadth and Balance statement, to use as a starting point.

Considering the curriculum in my own setting and how this could be developed with staff was useful. A wealth of ideas to implement at school.

How to teach elements of the curriculum in other ways to leave longer to become ‘geographers’, ‘historians’, etc. was very useful.

I now understand depth more clearly and how to apply it. Fantastic, thank you.

Clear structure and guidance as to where to go next. Excellent format of notes to help you evaluate. Excellent delivery.

We had an excellent day. Chris doesn’t try to sell his products but instead uses his work as an example of one possible way. He listens to what is being said and our views, but works in a way to suggest ‘have you thought of this?’ or ‘what about this?’ to get you to think beyond what you currently do to see if a different way could be better or not. He ensures you stay true to the needs of your children.

- Cath Lloyd, Head Teacher, Oasis Henderson Avenue, North Lincs

- 31.01.18 Newcastle upon Tyne

Very informative day with so many opportunities to reflect on why we have the curriculum designed as we do currently and how it could be improved further.

Great to have examples for foundation subjects. Great presentation and super materials and resources.

Learning how to embed different parts of the curriculum in different subjects was useful. Engaging, very useful course.

Excellent new approaches to tackling foundation subjects. Quick, effective approach in starting to personalise the curriculum for our school.

- 08.12.17 Exeter

Excellent ideas that I will enjoy using in the classroom.

Ideas around semantic vs. episodic memory really helped me understand the reasoning behind continuous provision. Really enabled me to build on ideas from ‘Learning without Lessons’.

Every part of the day was interesting and provoking. Routines were revealed to me anew!

The practical examples of ‘how’ this could be achieved were useful.

Big thank you!

Ideas on how to save time in the timetable by actually teaching things in a better way. Great course. Lots of great ideas that I can see will have real impact in school. Lots of food for thought.

Chris was wonderful and has inspired me to think differently. Great resources.

The ideas for daily routines and the principles around repetition mindset and semantic memory were useful. Excellent and inspiring session.

Teach and Tinker model was great!

Very inspiring day – very engaging speaker. Great to be able to laugh so much – thank you. Great support materials too.

So many practical ideas!

Delivered with great humour.

Craig delivered a half day session on ASP. It was a great session and pitched just right. 10/10.

- Darren Barrow, St John's Primary School and Nursery, Kenilworth

As a member of an academy we had six primary heads, a secondary headteacher and our CEO spending the day in our school last week. They saw our children working in all their classes and different learning environments. The feedback from headteachers bowled me over - they could see how our curriculum engaged the children; promoted deep learning and how the learning behaviours were embedded across the school. They were particularly interested to know how we use the Essentials curriculum and Secrets of Success from ages 3-11 and have embedded our pedagogy over a few years. The team also went away understanding how integral Depth of Learning was to us in both identifying gaps in learning and tracking progress. Everybody agreed a trip to Kippax North was truly inspirational.

- Barbara Husband, Head Teacher, Kippax North Primary, Leeds

It was another fantastic day. We really value the work Chris is doing with us. Observing and then evaluating the teaching and learning with Chris was extremely helpful. It was great to get his insight, he asked provocative questions and offered lots of ideas for development.

- Mandy Lawrence, Deputy Head Teacher, Keys Meadow Primary School, Enfield

We want to thank Chris and the company for being a beacon of hope in a somewhat dreary era for education! The whole day was inspiring for everyone who attended. The introduction on what Mastery is and why it exists gave the whole day a solid foundation on which to build upon. It put everyone on a level footing. The staff at our school found Chris' pedagogy inspiring and it reflected the views and ethos that we have as a school. The 10 top tips for reading were particularly fantastic and we loved how easy they were to implement into daily routines straight away with minimal preparation. It was useful to have pockets of time to discuss the content without the pressure of always feeding back and Chris was always very open to questions during this time. Chris really has inspired the staff at our school and our staff meeting on Wednesday is a discussion based around this training with the aim to roll out some of the fundamentals that Chris mentioned across the school and embed it into our daily teaching practice. This training helped us to re-think and re-establish our core ideals as a school in a non-judgmental and completely relaxed environment. Absolutely brilliant.

- Leah Eagleton, Teacher, St John's Primary School, Kenilworth

We had a great day with Chris on Securing Greater Depth. The staff are still buzzing. Based on our own evaluation sheets 100% of staff indicated increased knowledge.

- Mrs Ann Gunn, Head Teacher, St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School, Surrey

Richard came out for a pre-meeting to ensure it met our needs, therefore the training he gave on Continuous Provision gave us food for thought and was of high quality.

- Cathy Walsh, Head Teacher, Temple Meadow Primary School, West Midlands

- 05.12.17 Newcastle upon Tyne

Actual examples to bring clarity to some of the concepts were useful. Fantastic programme – great to be guided through by someone so knowledgeable and passionate about the content.

The course gave me clarity on what greater depth means as well as ideas to take to school to achieve.

Example resources e.g. PoP (Proof of Progress) tasks were great. Chris, you are a captivating speaker who has given me the purpose and confidence to make changes at my school. Thanks.

Practical ideas which I can use – particularly where strategies are effective and time saving e.g. un-guided reading.

The B.A.D. model is very powerful.

A fantastic and thought provoking day expertly facilitated by an extremely knowledgeable and engaging host.

- 04.12.17 Newcastle upon Tyne

I liked the links to SMSC and the mastery approach. Superb.

It was all very useful, especially suggestions for curriculum drivers. Excellent and very worth while.

The social and cultural matrix was useful as were the examples of topic maps/webs. A very useful day, lots to think about.

Love the idea of longitudinal learning. Will go back and look at how our curriculum develops across each year group. Developing curriculum groups so coordinators aren’t working in isolation was useful. Today has really given me focus into the direction I would like them to take.

Thought provoking – excellent issues raised which made me question current provision and how well it meets needs in our school, for our pupils and the community.

Identifying the difference of depth/breadth was useful.

A thought provoking and detailed day – the time flew!

- 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 not at 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 informative. 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.

- 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

- 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.

The group report is useful for me as a Subject Leader and KS2 coordinator. 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

- 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

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

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

“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.

- 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.

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

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

- 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

- 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.

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

- 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

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.

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

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.

- 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.

- 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.

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.

- 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.

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.