Alex Quigley Books

Alex Quigley's books provide teachers across the curriculum with practical solutions and classroom activities for teaching vocabulary, reading and writing. They also provide school leaders with evidence-based approaches to literacy that can be applied across a school or a group of schools.

Closing the Gap series

Alex spent well over a decade working hard to make a difference in his classroom. Too often, he lacked confidence and skill in supporting struggling students - especially those pupils who didn't read or write successfully. As a result, he began reading and writing about teaching, learning and literacy. Eventually, he began to author books for busy teachers, with an increasing specialism in literacy. 

In his bestselling 'Closing the Gap' series he attempts to make literacy actionable in every classroom across all school phases. Academic vocabulary, reading and writing, are the gateway to the school curriculum and simply vital for success. Each book attempts to collate research evidence in a readable style, whilst offering lots of practical ideas for the classroom. 

Closing the Writing Gap is the latest book in the series and focuses on ​giving every teacher the knowledge and skill to teach the critical writing process with confidence.​

It trains teachers to be an expert in how pupils learn to write, from the big picture of planning, editing and revising your writing, to the vital importance of grammar and spelling with accuracy.​

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Closing the Reading Gap is the second book in the series and offers practical strategies for teachers as well as tackling issues such as dyslexia and the role of technology. It helps teachers to be an expert in how pupils 'learn to read' as well as how they 'read to learn'.

With a focus on nurturing pupils' will and skill to read for pleasure and purpose, this book provides solutions that enable every student to thrive in school and far beyond the school gates.

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Closing the Vocabulary Gap is Alex’s first book in the series and explains how closing the vocabulary gap between our 'word poor' and 'word rich' students could prove the vital difference between school failure and success. It presents the case for teacher-led efforts to develop students' vocabulary and provides practical solutions across the curriculum, incorporating easy-to-use tools, resources and classroom activities.

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Other Books by Alex Quigley

In Why Learning Fails (And What To Do About It) Alex Quigley characterises how the long and winding road of successful learning is paved with many failures along the way. 

Presenting eight key reasons why learning fails, alongside concepts from cognitive science and research evidence explained concisely and accessibly, the chapters span issues of pupils' limited memory, their patchwork prior knowledge, flawed planning, struggles with independent learning, motivation, limits of attention, and more.

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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.

Covering topics such as organisation, using your body language effectively, combatting stress, managing student behaviour, questioning and feedback, and developing confident students, it shows how you can build the confidence and skill to flourish in the classroom.

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In Teach Now! English Alex Quigley sets out a ‘steps to success’ model that will help you to go from novice to expert teacher.

Covering topics such as organisation, using your body language effectively, combatting stress, managing student behaviour, questioning and feedback, and developing confident students, it shows how you can build the confidence and skill to flourish in the classroom. The English curriculum, planning, assessment, behaviour management, literacy and differentiation are all discussed in detail alongside carefully chosen examples to demonstrate good practice.  

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Alex Quigley Books

Alex Quigley's books provide teachers across the curriculum with practical solutions and classroom activities for teaching vocabulary, reading and writing. They also provide school leaders with evidence-based approaches to literacy that can be applied across a school or a group of schools.

Closing the Gap series

Alex spent well over a decade working hard to make a difference in his classroom. Too often, he lacked confidence and skill in supporting struggling students - especially those pupils who didn't read or write successfully. As a result, he began reading and writing about teaching, learning and literacy. Eventually, he began to author books for busy teachers, with an increasing specialism in literacy. 

In his bestselling 'Closing the Gap' series he attempts to make literacy actionable in every classroom across all school phases. Academic vocabulary, reading and writing, are the gateway to the school curriculum and simply vital for success. Each book attempts to collate research evidence in a readable style, whilst offering lots of practical ideas for the classroom. 

Closing the Writing Gap is the latest book in the series and focuses on ​giving every teacher the knowledge and skill to teach the critical writing process with confidence.​

It trains teachers to be an expert in how pupils learn to write, from the big picture of planning, editing and revising your writing, to the vital importance of grammar and spelling with accuracy.​

Buy Now   Preview Book

Closing the Reading Gap is the second book in the series and offers practical strategies for teachers as well as tackling issues such as dyslexia and the role of technology. It helps teachers to be an expert in how pupils 'learn to read' as well as how they 'read to learn'.

With a focus on nurturing pupils' will and skill to read for pleasure and purpose, this book provides solutions that enable every student to thrive in school and far beyond the school gates.

Buy Now   Preview Book

Closing the Vocabulary Gap is Alex’s first book in the series and explains how closing the vocabulary gap between our 'word poor' and 'word rich' students could prove the vital difference between school failure and success. It presents the case for teacher-led efforts to develop students' vocabulary and provides practical solutions across the curriculum, incorporating easy-to-use tools, resources and classroom activities.

Buy Now   Preview Book

Other Books by Alex Quigley

In Why Learning Fails, Alex Quigley characterises how the long and winding road of successful learning is paved with many failures along the way.

Presenting eight key reasons why learning fails, alongside concepts from cognitive science and research evidence explained concisely and accessibly, the chapters span issues of pupils’ limited memory, their patchwork prior knowledge, flawed planning, struggles with independent learning, motivation, limits of attention, and more.

Buy Now

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.

Covering topics such as organisation, using your body language effectively, combatting stress, managing student behaviour, questioning and feedback, and developing confident students, it shows how you can build the confidence and skill to flourish in the classroom.

Buy Now   Preview Book

In Teach Now! English Alex Quigley sets out a ‘steps to success’ model that will help you to go from novice to expert teacher.

Covering topics such as organisation, using your body language effectively, combatting stress, managing student behaviour, questioning and feedback, and developing confident students, it shows how you can build the confidence and skill to flourish in the classroom. The English curriculum, planning, assessment, behaviour management, literacy and differentiation are all discussed in detail alongside carefully chosen examples to demonstrate good practice.  

Buy Now   Preview Book