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Self Testing: Strategies for the Classroom

Testing in schools is often met with angst and worry from both students and staff and it usually ends with an overwhelming sense of judgement. An ever-growing body of research actually suggests that low-stakes testing can improve learning. Furthermore, a … Continue reading

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The DOs and DON’Ts of collaborative learning

By Andy Tharby Over 40 years of research evidence tells us that collaborative learning – when students work together on tasks in small groups – has a positive impact on learning. The EEF Toolkit suggests that teachers think about the … Continue reading

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Explicit Vocabulary Instruction: Ideas for Primary Schools

Over the past few years we have been embedding explicit vocabulary instruction as a key whole-school literacy strategy here at Durrington. You can read about our vocabulary work here. As part of developing this area of our curriculum, we are … Continue reading

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Explaining through Dual Coding

One of the greatest benefits of the worlds of cognitive science and teaching becoming more closely aligned, has been that a profession that relies so heavily on effective explanations has been given clear guidance on how to do it successfully. Dual Coding Theory, as … Continue reading

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Helping parents to help our students

One of the most recent EEF guidance reports ‘Working with parents to support children’s learning‘ explores the ongoing issue of how schools can get better at engaging parents.  It’s a really useful document, that highlights some important points: The evidence … Continue reading

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Metacognition and Cognitive Load Theory

This blog is not a shameless attempt to boost Class Teaching’s monthly visitor stats by combing two educational zeitgeists. Honest. However, it is fair to say a lot of keyboards have been collectively tapped over the past few months creating … Continue reading

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SPDS: Bright Spots

Yesterday afternoon we had the pleasure of walking around the school and popping in to some subject planning and development sessions (the nature of which you can read about here). As ever, there was some great work going on in … Continue reading

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