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A case study of a Cognitive Load Theory Inquiry Question

Over the last 2 years at Durrington, we have been taking a disciplined inquiry approach to teach appraisal. This approach has stemmed from the work of John Tomsett, and is intended to support teachers to think deeply about and improve … Continue reading

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Thoughts from the Maths Hub Shanghai Teacher Exchange

Natasha Corrigan is currently in Shanghai taking part in the NCETM Teacher Exchange. She has travelled along with a group of other primary and secondary maths teachers to observe teaching in a range of Shanghai schools. Here are her thoughts … Continue reading

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Rigour in the PE curriculum

Chris Runeckles explored ‘Curriculum and Sequencing’ in a recent blog, which can be found here – https://researchschool.org.uk/durrington/news/curriculum-and-sequencing/ Both this and Chris’ blog are designed to explain our newly created graphic (shown below) which exemplifies and clarifies what we consider to … Continue reading

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A walk through ‘Making Every Lesson Count’

This week Michael Chiles has produced an excellent ‘A walk thru…’ series of documents for each of the six pedagogical principles featured in ‘Making Every Lesson Count‘.  Michael explains his thinking behind these documents here: “Since Shaun and Andy’s release … Continue reading

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Five ways that the implementation of evidence-informed practice can go wrong

By Andy Tharby It is early September, the first INSET of the school year. The school hall is a hive of expectancy, brimming with freshly rested minds and newly bronzed bodies. After a few moments, a member of the senior … Continue reading

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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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