Monthly Archives: October 2019

Modelling Reading: A Whole-School Approach

In last week’s Class Teaching blog we explained about the changes we have made to the start of the day here at Durrington High School. In essence, students now begin learning as soon as the first school bell rings. This … Continue reading

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Waking up to Desirable Difficulties at Durrington

This year at Durrington we have made some major changes to how our students start their school day. Gone are the ‘tutor times’ of old and in their place every student now engages with ‘Period 1’ – a structured programme … Continue reading

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Improving Teaching Through Purposeful Practice

Up and down the country, it’s a time when teachers are thinking about appraisal.  At Durrington, we use this as an opportunity for teachers to think about an aspect of their teaching that they want to make a focused effort … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Cognitive Load Theory for teachers

By Andy Tharby This post is a quick and simple introduction to John Sweller’s Cognitive Load Theory for teachers. It will seek to answer the following three questions: 1. What are working memory and long-term memory and what roles do … Continue reading

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Thinking About Formative Assessment

Starting at a new school is difficult. There are systems to learn, lots and lots of staff and students to get to know, and relationships to build up. And then there’s the actual teaching. I’ve picked up two KS4 classes … Continue reading

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