DHS TeachMeet 2014

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Last Thursday saw our annual TeachMeet at Durrington High School.  Despite the fact that FIFA rather foolishly scheduled an England match on the same night, attendance at the night was brilliant, and an inspiring evening was had by all.  It’s a shame that the same can’t be said for the football!

tm14 vicVic Goddard opened the evening with a rousing keynote speech.  He outlined his vision for Passmores Academy and then how, with his own unique style of leadership, he made this a reality.  Vic likened us to air traffic controllers – we can’t afford to fail.  Our students are too precious to allow this to happen.  So everyday we need to look for different ways to guide, support and direct them to the right destination – success and happiness.  That is our moral purpose.  We do this by having the highest aspirations, working as a team, picking ourselves up and carrying on when things get tough and an unconditional positive regard.


Unconditional positive regard is the difference between reacting to and responding to behaviour.  It’s a basic acceptance and support of a person, regardless of what the person says or does.  We are adults, students are children and will get things wrong.  We need to be there to show them how to get it right.   The following video clip shows the impact our words have on students….for may years after:

Outstanding organisations embrace change.  For change to be effective though, the following components need to be in place:

Vision + Skills + Incentives + Resources + Action Plan = Change

If one of these aspects is missing, change won’t happen:


To finish, Vic posed a question – are we a radiator or a drain?  Do we emit positivity, hope, encouragement and aspiration or do we drain the life and positivity out of others?

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The Presentations

1. David Fawcett I Can’t remember

How can we ensure that curriculum design is informed by ideas from cognitive science, such as spacing, interleaving, desireable difficulties and retrieval?

Download presentation here.

David’s blog on the same topic.

2. Stuart Axten AfL – What Really Works?

This was a summary of Stuart’s ‘Learning Innovator’ project, where he has trialled a number of ‘AfL’ strategies and assessed their usefulness based on ease of implementation and impact on student learning.

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3. David Rogers Teacher Standard 4

David challenged us to think about we can and should grow a ‘love of learning’ as stated in teacher standard 4 and exploit opportunities for developing numeracy and literacy across all subjects.

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David’s blog on the same topic.

4. Pauline Gaston Marvellous Mathematics

Pauline is passionate about maths and made a compelling case for all of us to do the same and use our subjects to demonstrate the importance of it.  Positive about maths – every adult – every day!

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5. Andy Tharby Benchmarks of Brilliance

Andy spoke about how reading ‘An Ethic of Excellence’ by Ron Berger, inspired him to get his Year 8 students to work on a brilliant piece of writing.  This then became the benchmark for all future writing throughout the year – no slacking was allowed!

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Andy’s blog on the same topic.

6. James Walton Video Killed the Radio Star

James spoke about how using video observation technology had transformed his teaching – and the usefulness of it as a high impact CPD tool.

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7. Kate Bloomfield Why Standard English Matters

Kate spoke about how every teacher should be modelling Standard English and encouraging all students to reflect on the language we use….but never refer to it as using ‘posh words’.

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8. Lee Reid What’s the Point of Marking?

Lee has been developing the use of 360 degree feedback across his department and the school.  Some great example of this in actin were shared.

Download presentation here.

9.  Michael Tidd Primary Teachers: We’re not the enemy

A thought provoking presentation for secondary teachers everywhere!  Michael made many important points, but what resonated most was this – primary teachers know the students and parents incredibly well, so when things go wrong in the first term of secondary school, get in touch with the primary school teacher!

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10. James Gardner Using Mini-Books for Writing

James spoke about how he has used the idea of creating mini-books with students as a way of scaffolding their writing.

View Prezi here

A template for a mini-book is available here

11. Jason Ramasami Podcasting as Reflective Reinforcement

Jason made the point that technology should not be seen as a gimmicky add on to lessons.  What it can do though is take something that you do naturally and extend your reach with it.  He then demonstrated how podcasting can ‘extend your reach’ with feedback

View presentation here

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A number of delegates shared their favourite teaching strategy.  Here they are:

Helen Davis – The Plenary Part 2

At the start of each lesson, as a recap of the last lesson (or even the past 4 lessons).  It helps students to build a bank of knowledge , rather than seeing each lesson as a separate entity.  Pupils see that knowledge and learning is a continuous journey, that they need to choose t be an active participant in every lesson to succeed.

James Walton – Student informed assessment & planning

After and during a sequence of lessons, students traffic light and make notes on what they have understood and areas to develop.  They then share their knowledge before agreeing what they want to focus on next week/ time the topic is raised.

Wendy Russell – Take Away Homework Tasks

Started with using this with a GCSE PE group with a homework on barriers to participation for specific target groups.  Have had amazing work in.  I then thought about its differentiated use in a practical aspect for PE.  Student in a Y9 rounders lesson could choose where/ which batting drill they wanted to practise.

Natalie Prodromell – Chain reaction

Start the chain by asking a question. The student who the answers the question then asks someone else and so the chain goes on.  The teacher can act as a catalyst, handing more challenging questions to specific students.

Kerray Rawlinson – Speak Proper!

Get the students to read aloud from a textbook, or answer a question, in any accent they choose and using slang.  Get another student to recap on what’s been said, but using ‘Standard English’.

Matthew Davis – Scrambled LO

Mix up your learning objective on a slide and have the students work it out.  Then examine the LO’s key words and have the students work out how it will be achieved.

Mark Robson – Learner Presentations

Students can use their phones, IPods, IPads etc to create a video clip to show to the rest of the class.  This was used  by each group to teach the rest of the class how muscles cause movement within sport.  Some excellent videos were made with high quality and thoughtful videos.

Michelle Kelly – Consolidation Quiz

University Challenge style quiz at the end of key language acquisition topics – students loved this and terminology bingo.

Alex Rice – Comparative Modelling

Students look up a pictorial representation of a science process e.g. the carbon cycle, on google images, compare it with another picture of the same process.  They then evaluate the pictorial ‘models’ and then use the best aspects to create their own pictorial representation.

Jo Shepherd – Project Based Learning

New course, introduced in Y7 (now miving into Y8) – 5 periods per fortnight.  Student driven, real projects and focused on skills.  Reflection on how learning has occurred.  requires self, peer assessment and redrafting.  Example: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Skills developed: Planning, creativity, decision making and research

Lesley Graney – Doing the hardest thing first

This was done with a small, under-confident Y10 dram group.  Created a performance with them to show and feel what a drama performance is like – force them to face their fears and do it anyway.  Use this as a reference point for future work.

Ros Amans – Challenge Wall

Using a classroom board – activity cards attached with a range of different tasks on.  Students can select these, when they have complete the main task – not an extension, but a challenge.

Many thanks to everyone who attended and presented for making it an inspiring evening.  Looking forward to #DHSTM2015


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5 Responses to DHS TeachMeet 2014

  1. Michelle Kelly says:

    An excellent evening – invigorating to spend the evening with radiators, away from the drains!

  2. Marooney, Sue says:

    Excellent work Shaun, well done Sue

    Sent from my iPad

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