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Make it outstanding……Marginal learning gains

During an INSET day on Friday a group of teachers met to discuss strategies they had tried in their own classrooms to secure outstanding learning.  The theme for the day was that of marginal learning gains – small changes to … Continue reading

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15 Minute Forum – Making marginal gains with assessment criteria

David Brading (Head of Geography) led a 15 Minute Forum looking at how his department have developed their use of assessment criteria. Read and unpick all the mark schemes and examiners reports – know what they are looking for inside … Continue reading

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15 Minute Forums and marginal gains

This new half term will see the start of 15 minute forums, every Thursday at Durrington.  These have been running for over a year now and have proved to be a highly effective method of CPD.  Each forum is led … Continue reading

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Towards Outstanding – The aggregation of marginal gains

Today a group of teachers met as a ‘Learning Development Group’ to look at developing outstanding teaching and learning.  We looked at each of the ‘outstanding’ OFSTED criteria, and then considered how they could be easily implemented in the classroom. … Continue reading

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Durrington TeachMeet 2017

Last Thursday we hosted our sixth annual TeachMeet.  We were delighted to welcome Bill Watkin as our key note speaker – Bill’s wry look at the current educational landscape got the event off to a brilliant start. The Proto food group provided superb paella … Continue reading

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DHS TeachMeet 2016

Last Thursday we hosted our fifth annual TeachMeet.  We were delighted to welcome Tim Brighouse as our key note speaker – his wit and wisdom got the event off to a brilliant start Tim’s key messages: Teachers really matter – … Continue reading

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Subject Pedagogy Development Session 2: Vocabulary Matters

During our INSET day today, we had the second of our ‘Subject Pedagogy Development Sessions’. The thinking behind these sessions is to put CPD back into the context of subjects. So each session has an over-arching theme, that is then discussed and … Continue reading

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CPD – Now it’s personal…

Last year, I was fortunate enough to work with science teacher Bex Owen – helping her to reflect on and plan her own CPD.  Bex discussed this at 15 minute forum earlier in the year – you can read about … Continue reading

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Developing Metacognition Through Exam Practice

  The 15 minute forum tonight was led by geography teacher Ben Crockett.  A few weeks ago, the ‘Blog of the week’ was this great one on metacognition by John Tomsett.  This resonated with Ben, who then wanted to look … Continue reading

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Thinking About Mindset

In a previous post, I stated why I think developing a growth mindset with students is so important.  It makes students: Have high expectations of what they can achieve and be inspired by the success of others. Accept that hard work … Continue reading

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