Monthly Archives: January 2022

Weekly Round Up: 30th January 2022

Blog of the week 10 things to know about teaching and learning – Alex Quigley Alex shares the 10 things he thinks are key to mastering the complex act of teaching and learning. Classteaching Tackling Educational Disadvantage – Ben Crockett … Continue reading

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Tackling Education Disadvantage – workshop summary on “The Impact of Early Childhood Experiences and Child’s Journey Through Care”

Yesterday was the first of our two day INSET conference at Durrington centred on the theme of “Tackling Educational Disadvantage” – a thorny and frustratingly stubborn issue in education. The day started with the highly knowledgeable and ever inspiring Marc … Continue reading

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Weekly Round Up: 23rd January 2022

Blog of the week The 6 Benefits of Retrieval Practice: A Visual Guide – Bradley Busch The graphic in this blog should be firmly stuck on every teacher’s wall!  A super blog explaining why retrieval practice is pivotal to learning. … Continue reading

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Planting the Roots for Vocabulary Growth

A focus on effective vocabulary teaching has been a central tenet of our literacy policy at Durrington for a few years now and also forms an essential part of our whole-school PP strategy, which you can read about here and … Continue reading

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Weekly Round Up: 16th January 2022

Blog of the week Through the Lens of Disadvantage by Phil Stock A great post that explores the importance of appreciating the challenges of disadvantage within the school context and understanding exactly how the school’s strategy seeks to address them. … Continue reading

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Bright Spots – Metacognition

Metacognition is notoriously tricky to implement and by extension tricky to uncover in action. However, as part of our continued efforts at Durrington to make metacognition part of teachers’ habitual practice and students’ everyday thinking I have been dropping into … Continue reading

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Weekly Round Up: 9th January 2022

Blog of the week Being a Form Tutor – Joe Kinnaird The role of a form tutor is a key one in secondary schools.  In this blog Joe shares what he thinks makes an effective form tutor. Classteaching New Year … Continue reading

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New Year – Thinking About Professional Development

Now we are back at school and into the new year, many of us will have been thinking about a renewed focus on our teaching (or that of the team we lead) and how we can be supporting the development … Continue reading

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Weekly Round Up: 3rd January 2022

Blog of the week Catalyse Learning Using Schemas – Sarah Cottingham A really useful exploration of schemas and how an understanding of them supports better teaching. Classteaching ‘Using chanting to increase motivation and practise key vocabulary’ by Zofia Reeves. Research … Continue reading

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