James Murphy

Director of Research and Implementation at Thinking Reading
Speaking at


Five ways to use visual feedback to improve learning and motivation

Derived from the science of Applied Behaviour Analysis, the single subject design has yielded enormous learning for researchers and classroom practitioners alike. A key element of the single subject design is the graphic representation of learning through tracking carefully described objectives. This session will examine the utility of this tool, and then discuss five classroom adaptations that enable teachers and students to track learning and adjust teaching.


James is a former DP, AP and HOD English, and Learning Support Co-ordinator, having taught in New Zealand and the UK. He holds a research-oriented M Ed and a post-graduate SEN Diploma. He has led whole school initiatives in learning, behaviour and literacy. He is also a writer and blogger at: https://horatiospeaks.wordpress.com Twitter: @HoratioSpeaks


National Conference 2016

Direct Instruction in classrooms – What it is and how to use it

This session focuses on ‘big DI’ techniques, the research base for DI and examples of teacher-designed instructional presentations and practice activities. The session will also identify some published DI programmes which teachers may find useful in the classroom.

Research designs you can use in the classroom

This session challenges myths about the need for large-scale experimental studies, or even control groups, in order to know whether what we are doing is effective. We will consider how single-subject ‘quasi-experimental’ designs enable teachers to evaluate their impact, combining replication and intelligent use of research literature to interpret their findings.