Tom Sherrington

Education Consultant and Author

Speaking at


Why is Barak Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction paper so good?

In this session we will look at the detail in the superb American Educator article Principles of Instruction by cognitive scientist Barak Rosenshine. Written in 2012, this paper is very popular and widely shared in the UK. What makes it so good? There are 10 principles in four main themes, each of which links fundamental ideas about learning to practical strategies that effective teachers use. The session will give attendees a feel for the underlyling concepts behind each theme and a raft of practical ideas to take back to their classrooms.


After a career of over 30 years as a teacher and school leader, Tom is now working as a freelance consultant in schools around the United Kingdom and is in demand as a CPD provider and speaker. He writes the popular blog and is soon to publish a book on teaching called The Learning Rainforest.


2018 Ontario

What does evidence-informed teaching look like in practice?

This session gives an overview of what it might mean for a teacher to be evidence-informed in how they teach. I suggest that, broadly speaking, research evidence covers three areas: mindsets and motivation; knowledge and memory; principles of effective instruction. The session highlights a few major findings in each area that teachers should know about and suggests how they might assimilate the ideas into their day-to-day practice.

National Conference 2017

What might evidence-informed teaching look like in practice?

On reading various popular research books and summaries – including the work of Rosenshine, Dweck, Coe, Dunlosky, Hattie, Bjork, Willingham, Wiliam, Learning Scientists, Nutthall – I will suggest that there is an emerging consensus. The session will attempt to capture the elements of this consensus, exploring what might be some good bets for teachers to focus on in the pursuit of effective evidence-informed teaching in practice. This will include a round-up of ideas about mindsets, instruction methods and assessment techniques.

Scandinavia 2017

Hattie and Homework.  A case study in reading research. 

In John Hattie’s Visible Learning meta analysis, homework generates a low overall effect size that is often quoted as a simple headline: homework doesn’t work.  But is that actually the whole story? This session explores the detail within his study to illustrate the need to pay closer attention to the methodology, the spread of outcomes and the context in which data is generated before making any decisions about school-based policies.