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Becoming Educated

Feb 14, 2022

This week I am joined by Alex Quigley. Alex is a former English teacher and school leader, of over 15 years standing, who now works for the Education Endowment Foundation, supporting teachers to access research evidence. He can be found on twitter @AlexJQuigley and blogs at

He is the author of ‘The Confident Teacher’, ‘Closing the Vocabulary Gap’ and ‘Closing the Reading Gap’.

In this episode Alex & I explore the vital importance of reading in our schools and Alex clearly articulates why it should be the number one school improvement priority. 

In this episode we discuss the following and so much more:

The history of reading and writing systems and why they are important for us to know about.

What the science of reading tells us on how we should teach reading.

How teachers can develop reading comprehension in their classrooms.

Academic and disciplinary reading and how they are different within each subject discipline.

Discussing the topic of reading with Alex has served to sharpen my own thinking and I came away with so many notes to unpick.

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