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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

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

“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


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.


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

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