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Retrieval Practice:  Resources and Research for Every Classroom

Retrieval Practice: Resources and Research for Every Classroom

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Retrieval practice may appear to be the latest buzzword in education, but is in fact a very powerful learning strategy.

Filled with evidence-informed ideas to support all teachers and leaders across all grade levels, Retrieval Practice: Research and Resources for Every Classroom is an extremely practical book written by a teacher in the classroom for teachers and leaders in schools.  Jones combines educational research with examples of how retrieval practice can work inside and outside of the classroom.

Retrieval practice is a vital element of the science of learning. Understanding how children learn is essential for all educators from first year teachers to more experienced teachers and senior leaders.
The educational research is presented in a format which is accessible, useful and informative and will help inform educators about cutting-edge research in a comprehensive, clear and applicable way.

The practical resources are adaptable and ready to be implemented in any classroom to support and enhance teaching, learning and long-term memory.

About the author

Kate Jones is a Teacher of Humanities, History specialist and teacher of Politics. She is Head of History at the not-for-profit, leading co-educational and non-selective school The British School Al Khubairat. She has achieved SSAT Lead Practitioner. Former GCSE examiner. Writer, blogger and award winning international educational speaker and presenter.


‘Translating evidence into practice, Kate has succeeded in making research a social process for students, teachers and leaders. We all know the importance of “best bets” and what strategies are most likely to work; we also understand that the evidence on retrieval is overwhelming. What the profession is starting to appreciate is that research should supplement teacher expertise, not supplant it. Kate is a practicing teacher and leader, faithfully adopting and intelligently adapting the science to suit her students in her classroom. Kate explains and contextualises the evidence. She gives insights that will be invaluable to students on how to use retrieval practice in their studies, practical advice for teachers for their classroom and implementation advice for senior leaders. If you love to teach and want to be the best teacher you can be, this is the book for you!’
- Phil Naylor (@pna1977), Teacher, senior leader and host of the podcast ‘Naylor’s Natter’ 
‘I highly recommend Retrieval Practice. As Kate says, retrieval practice is a low effort, high impact strategy, and it is therefore one that is very worthwhile for all teachers to know more about. As well as running through the fundamental theory in an accessible way, the book highlights many of the broader benefits of retrieval practice, such as improving metacognitive awareness of the learning process among a class, and helping teachers to be more confident about what their class know. And as Kate rightly points out, teachers who report a lack of time to use retrieval should consider that there are few strategies (if any) that result in such benefits for both the durability and transferability of learning. A real strength of the book’s approach is the many practical tasks it presents. The diagrams and example worksheets will make such tasks very easy for teachers to understand and implement.’
- Jonathan Firth (@JW_Firth) Author and Teaching Fellow at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
'This is GOLD DUST.  Expertly written, argued, clarified with tons of easy, simple adaptable examples.  Lots of great visuals.... Evidence based practice made easy!  Easily one of the best books I've read this year....'
-John Albright