Monthly Archives: February 2017

Workload Matters

  Teacher workload is a hot topic of discussion in schools at the moment – and rightly so.  The DfE have recently published the results of their ‘Teacher Workload Survey 2016’, which is available here.  This report contains some alarming … Continue reading

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What to do with Year 11 revision?

Tomorrow will mark 42 school days until the first GCSE exam for our current Year 11 cohort. They will have an extended assembly promoting the importance of this period, receive a study skills booklet, a revision programme and a magnet … Continue reading

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Managing difficult behaviours

This week’s 15 Minute Forum was led by John Lamb (Assistant Headteacher) and Jack Griffiths (Year 7 ICT Progress Leader). John started with a focus on teacher’s approaches to different scenarios: If student X cannot complete an activity such as … Continue reading

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Bright Spots – what can we learn from our Curriculum Leaders?

Curriculum Leaders play a pivotal role in developing teaching and learning at Durrington, as they work with their teams on a daily basis to ensure high quality teaching in their subject areas. Over the past week, I have visited each of our Curriculum … Continue reading

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Make it sticky: helping students to remember technical vocabulary

The 15 Minute Forum was led by Andy Tharby and focussed on a simple, but effective technique of helping students to remember technical vocabulary. As Daniel Willingham states: “… memories are inaccessible mostly due to missing or ambiguous cues. Thus, … Continue reading

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Purposeful Homework

This weeks’ 15 Minute Forum was led by Senior Leader Chris Runeckles. One of his whole-school responsibilities is homework and ensuring that the setting of this is meeting the needs of our students and our teachers. He began with the … Continue reading

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