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Interview with Alex Quigley

Author of bestselling book ‘Closing the Vocabulary Gap’ Alex Quigley explains why vocabulary is so important and what can be done to improve outcomes in this new video interview.

Author Biography

I am Director of Huntington Research School, York. I am also a Research School Developer for the Education Endowment Foundation, supporting research schools in the north of England.

When I am not doing research school work, I can be found teaching English, as well as writing edubooks and articles for TES and Teach Secondary magazine. I have published three books for Routledge, including ‘Teach Now! English’, ‘The Confident Teacher’, and my new book, ‘Closing the Vocabulary Gap’. I am also a regular blogger at, and as part of my work with the EEF I am co-author of an upcoming ‘Metacognition and Self-regulation Guidance Report’.

A primary interest of mine is supporting teachers to engage with research evidence. To support this, I am also a ResearchED Trustee & a member of the Chartered College of Teaching Impact Journal board.

Featured Books

  • Closing the Vocabulary Gap

    1st Edition

    By Alex Quigley

    As teachers grapple with the challenge of a new, bigger and more challenging school curriculum, at every key stage and phase, success can feel beyond our reach. But what if there were 50,000 small solutions to help us bridge that gap? In Closing the Vocabulary Gap, Alex Quigley explores the…

    Paperback – 2018-04-11

  • The Confident Teacher

    Developing successful habits of mind, body and pedagogy, 1st Edition

    By Alex Quigley

    The Confident Teacher offers a practical, step-by-step guide to developing the habits, characteristics and pedagogy that will enable you to do the best job possible. It unveils the tacit knowledge of great teachers and combines it with respected research and popular psychology. Covering topics such…

    Paperback – 2016-05-12

  • Teach Now! English

    Becoming a Great English Teacher, 1st Edition

    By Alex Quigley

    Being taught by a great teacher is one of the great privileges of life. Teach Now! is an exciting new series that opens up the secrets of great teachers and, step-by-step, helps trainees to build the skills and confidence they need to become first-rate classroom practitioners. Written by a…

    Paperback – 2014-05-02
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