Monthly Archives: November 2016

What to do with the clever ones?

Last Friday we had an INSET day.  Our focus was thinking about how we can push and challenge those students with a high stating point, so that they make even more progress.  Our starting point was to think about something … Continue reading

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CLA – What does it mean?

Tonight’s  15 Minute Forum was led by Rosie Gaskell (Deputy Inclusion Manager/CLA Support) and focused on the meaning of CLA. Children Looked After (CLA) refers to those students who are: living in the care of the local authority living with … Continue reading

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Bright Spots – What can we learn from practical subjects?

Chris Runeckles and I wanted to examine how practical subjects address the teaching principles of modelling, explanation and practice. We chose to focus on practical subjects, as both of us teach Humanities subjects, and we wanted to consider how written based … Continue reading

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Effective Revision Strategies

I  led the 15 Minute Forum tonight, as a late replacement, for a member of staff who was ironically leading a Year 11 Revision session. The focus of the session was to share some effective revision strategies which could be … Continue reading

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A walk around English, maths and science

We are very fortunate to have Dr Brian Marsh as a school governor at Durrington.  Brian has been a science teacher and a Deputy Head and is now Principal Lecturer (Education) at the University of Brighton.  Brian leads the science … Continue reading

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Developing your presence in the classroom

Sam Hodnett led the 15 Minute Forum tonight. Sam is a second-year English teacher and she spoke about developing a presence in the classroom. Sam had reflected on her NQT year and was able to identify some of the frustrations … Continue reading

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Bright Spots -first week after half-term

As it was the first week back after half-term, I decided to take several mini-‘Bright Spot’ walks around the school. There was some fantastic practice taking place and there was certainly no concept of ‘easing’ the students back into school … Continue reading

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