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WRAT CPD Blog – Resources & Recommendations

Updated: Feb 5, 2021

Throughout last half term’s CPD programme our colleagues recommended a wide range of resources for our own self-development, so here is a collection for your reference.


Nicola Widnall recommends…


The work of Dylan William, Emeritus Professor at University College London, particularly this quote:


“If we create a culture where every colleague believes they need to improve, not because they are not good enough, but because they can be even better, there is no limit to what we can achieve.”



Michelle Minton recommends…

Unleashing Great Teaching by Bridget Clay and David Weston, particularly this quote:

“How powerful it would be if every child was taught with the collective expertise of the whole system.”

Teaching WalkThrus by Tom Sherrington and Oliver Caviglioli.

A short and accessible ‘handbook’ on expert pedagogy such as Willingham’s ‘Why don’t students like school?’ and practical strategies like retrieval practice.


Alex Halpin recommends…


Reminds us that students will forget what we teach them, so we must assign time towards supporting students to remember. This book covers a variety of strategies that students can also use in their own revision.


The Writing Revolution by Judith Hochman and Natalie Wexler

Students find writing hard, so we need to explicitly teach them how to do it by building from the basics and focusing on practice.


Rebecca Ashraf recommends…



We are proud to be working in partnership with High Performance Learning whose fundamental philosophy is that ‘high performers are made, not born’.


The Craft of Assessment by Michael Chiles


Louise Wisson recommends…


‘The Making of an Expert’ in Harvard Business Review by K. Anders Ericsson, Michael J. Prietula, and Edward T. Cokely.


An inspiring story backed by research on mastering your art, or in other words: “evidence shows that experts are always made, not born”.


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