Recommended Reading

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Below is a list of recommended books, articles and websites:


General Pedagogy

What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Psychology – David Didau and Nick Rose

David Didau and Nick Rose attempt to lay out the evidence and theoretical perspectives on what we believe are the most important and useful psychological principles of which teacher ought to be aware.

Making Every Lesson Count: Six principles to support great teaching and learning – Shaun Allison and Andy Tharby

Packed with practical teaching strategies, Making Every Lesson Count bridges the gap between research findings and classroom practice. Shaun Allison and Andy Tharby examine the evidence behind what makes great teaching and explore how to implement this in the classroom to make a difference to learning. They distill teaching and learning down into six core principles challenge, explanation, modelling, practice, feedback and questioning and show how these can inspire an ethos of excellence and growth, not only in individual classrooms but across a whole school too.

Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes – Alfie Kohn

A landmark psychological critique of basic motivational strategy, this book attacks the strategy of dangling incentives in front of people to affect their behavior.

Mindset: How You Can FulFil Your Potential – Carol Dweck

Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success-but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals-personal and professional

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future – Daniel H. Pink

Education and schools have largely been focused on the logical left side of the brain, especially the last 200 years. This book is about the significant impact we can have in schools and society by developing more use of the right side of our brains.



Latin as an Honour Levels 1, 2, 3 – Bob Bass

Latin Practice Exercises Levels 1, 2, 3 – Bob Bass

Streamlined Greek – Bob Bass

Latin to GCSE: Part 1 – Henry Cullen and John Taylor

Latin to GCSE: Part 2 – Henry Cullen and John Taylor

Greek to GCSE: Part 1 – John Taylor

Greek to GCSE: Part 2 – John Taylor

The Teaching of Classics – James Morwood

Ad Infinitum: A Biography of Latin – Nicholas Ostler

When Dead Tongues Speak: Teaching Beginning Greek and Latin – John Gruber-Miller

Design and Technology





General History books

A Little History of the World – E.H Gombrich

A brilliantly accessible history; written as if it is your grandfather telling you stories at bedtime!

Our Island Story: A History of England for Boys and Girls – H. E Marshall

A much-loved history of Britain that still delights despite its age.

Fifty Things You Need To Know About British History – Hugh Williams

Bite-sized chunks of fifty key events that have shaped Britain and its place in the world.

Great Tales from English History – Robert Lacey

A browsers dream! Full of wonderful well-known, and not so well-known, stories which give just enough detail without being overwhelming.

Ancient Britain

The Eagle of the Ninth – Rosemary Sutcliff

A dramatic adventure set during the Roman occupation of Britain. It is a story of a Roman soldier seeking to restore the reputation of his father.

Medieval History

The Norman Conquest – Marc Morris

Detailed account of 1066 and the Norman rule of England.

The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England – Ian Mortimer

Imagine you could travel back to the fourteenth century. What would you see, and hear, and smell? Where would you stay? What are you going to eat? And how are you going to test to see if you are going down with the plague? This book answers all those questions and many more as you are immersed into medieval life.


Waterloo – Bernard Cornwell

Terrific account of Napoleon’s last battle and Wellington’s finest hour; fast paced and full of entertaining details that bring it all to life.

First World War

All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque

A moving story of a young ‘unknown soldier’ experiencing the horror and disillusionment of life in the trenches.

The Great War Explained – Philip Stevens

This is much more than just another book to add to the thousands on The Great War. It summarises the major events and contributions of key individuals for those who want a refresher; it also acts as brilliant introduction for newcomers.

Second World War

First Light – Geoffrey Wellum

An emotive, compelling, thrilling memoir of a 19 year old Spitfire pilot’s experiences during the Battle of Britain.

Operation Mincemeat – Ben McIntyre

A spy story so ridiculous you would think it was fiction! Outrageous and fascinating in equal measure, this is the true story of how a dead tramp changed the course of the war.






Religious Studies