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The whole day was very useful in many different ways. It offered practical ideas for improving teachers’ skills, many of which related to what they currently do but with more precision. This meant that teachers felt it was achievable and of use. Everyone loved the wonderful selection of books that Alex shared during the training. My booking with Chris Quigley Education was excellent.
Nicola Stanley, Headteacher, Rowley Hall Primary School, Midlands
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Thank you, Alex, for leading our In-Set day on Tuesday. It was just right. Plenty of food for thought, reminders of things we already do that we can refine to make them even better & lots of practical ideas that are easy to put into practice. During PPA on Wednesday afternoon my Y1 teachers were already using some of your ideas & I walked into a great discussion in a Y2 class yesterday where the children were being really challenged with their thinking. It’s always a sign of great CPD when you see the impact in classroom practice straight away.
Rachel Edwards, Head Teacher, Park Infant School, Gloucester
Staff found all aspects of the day exceptional. There was a suitable balance between the theory and the practical ideas, the resources which were used to exemplify the teaching and learning were fabulous and Alex’s delivery was just inspiring. We have undertaken follow up sessions ourselves and all staff have implemented many of the approaches discussed. The quality of work produced by the children reflects how well they are enjoying their topics.
Nin Matharu, Head Teacher, Kings Hill Primary School, West Midlands
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
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
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