Rosenshine’s Principles in Action, by Tom Sherrington

Rosenshine’s Principles in Action, by Tom Sherrington

What is the book about?

Former Physics and Head teacher Tom Sherrington bridges the gap between research and practice by applying Rosenshine’s much talked about 10 Principles of Instruction, as well as demonstrating how they can be used to inform teaching and practices in the classroom.

Why read this book?

Guided by many of the conversations Tom Sherrington has had with school leaders and teachers, this book, accompanied with excellent illustrations, offers teachers a quick and easy way of engaging with the world of cognitive science. Tom Sherrington clearly sets out a number of different evidence-based strategies that can be used to enhance teacher training and professional development to help educators ensure that all students fulfil their potential.

Who is this book for?

This book will help school leaders as well as new and experienced teachers.

Evidence base

Tom Sherrington’s book is very evidence-based, such that he takes Rosenshine’s 10 Principles of Instruction and condenses them into four strands: sequencing concepts and modelling, questioning, reviewing material, and stages of practice. The work is well researched and draws on the very best from cognitive and educational psychology.


Coming in at just over 50 pages long (as well as the pages that include the original research), this book, which can be read in a day, presents a quick and easy way for teachers to learn about effective strategies that can be implemented in their classroom. Alongside this short guide, the book does also include a copy of the full paper outlining Rosenshine’s 10 Principles of Instruction; teachers can use this to further extend their knowledge or obtain extensive information on a particular aspect.

Tom also increases the usability of this book by splitting the strategies into four different sections, meaning teachers can dip in and out of it. This book is also accompanied with clear and concise illustrations by Oliver Caviglioli, which helps explain the evidence given in the text and expand the readers knowledge.


This book is particularly timely as the profession becomes more research engaged. It is clear and concise without being too simplistic. Having been a teacher himself, Sherrington’s experiences have allowed him to produce a book that resonates with all teachers, such that he focuses on the universal aspects of classroom practices.

Value for money

On one hand, the book is incredible value for money given the amount of ideas it covers and how applicable the concepts are. However, before you buy it you should be aware that is less than 100 pages (which include the replication of the original paper it draws on), so it has more of an extended booklet feel to it. It is currently available to buy for £11.50 on

Why you should read it

  • Topical – This is the sort of book that many teachers will currently be interested in, given the drive to become more research engaged.
  • Applicable – Gives teachers evidence-based strategies that can easily be employed in the classroom.
  • Clear illustrations – This compliments the ideas being discussed well.
  • A quick read – Particularly useful for the many teachers with a busy schedule.
  • Recommended for both new and experienced teachers.

Final thoughts

Being a former teacher himself, Sherrington recognised the need for a simple guide to bridge the gap between research and practice. This book therefore offers a wide range of useful and evidence-based strategies that teachers can implement in the classroom, accompanied by clear and concise illustrations. We highly recommend this great read!

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Sherrington masterfully helps bridge the gap between research and practice by applying Rosenshine’s much-talked-about 10 Principles of Instruction. The book demonstrates how to use them to inform teaching practices in the classroom, supported by excellent illustrations and offering teachers a quick and easy way of engaging with Cognitive Science.

At only 50 pages and conveniently split into four sections to dip in and out of, this is an easily digestible book you can even go through in one day for quick implementation. It also includes a full copy of Rosenshine’s paper to further your knowledge on the subject – all for under £12.