Recommended Reading

What follows is a reading list we compiled featuring some key texts/authors that inform our thinking. This is by no means a definitive list or required reading, but we thought it might be helpful to signpost some influential material. The impact of the digital revolution has been significant!


Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning – Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger & Mark A. McDaniel

Seven Myths About Education – Daisy Christodoulou

Why Don’t Students Like School?: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom – Daniel T Willingham

Perfect Teacher-Led CPD – Shaun Allison

Outstanding Formative Assessment: Culture and Practice – Shirley Clarke

Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? – Pasi Sahlberg


Blogs/Websites/Articles (+people to follow on Twitter!)

Beyond Levels: alternative assessment approaches developed by teaching schools Research Report (September 2014) – Julie Lilly, Alison Peacock – The Wroxham transformative learning alliance & Sue Shoveller, Dr d’Reen Struthers – South Farnham teaching school alliance

National Curriculum 2014: A Practical Guide to Assessment after Levels Whitepaper No.1 – InfoMentor

TES Connect (Assessment Innovation Fund schools):

An overview of the AIF winning schools and the models they are creating:

Recently published research report about the nature of progress in learning – it’s NOT linear:

Alex Quigley: and also on Twitter at

Shaun Allison:

Tom Sherrington:

Ross Morrison-McGill (Teacher Toolkit): and interesting blog on the ‘Pygmalion effect:’

David Didau:

Hiltingbury School’s Learning Ladders (+ demo online app):

Michael Tidd (‘Ramblings of a Teacher’), includes objectives & tracking tools for primary English & maths: Michael’s most recent blog on assessment and tracking (22.12.14) is here:

NAHT assessment framework materials (only an overview – if you are a member you can access the complete framework):

David Pott (SIMS):

Dylan Wiliam

Geoff Barton

John Hattie

David Weston:

John Tomsett:

Tom Bennett:


Cambridge Primary Review Trust:

Warwick Mansell:

Pie Corbett:

Alison Peacock:




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