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2016-17 Reasons to be cheerful

Well that’s 2016-17 pretty much done – and what a year it has been.  Tough at times and very tough at others, but because we work in such an amazing team at Durrington, we get through and get stronger.  This … Continue reading

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Using storytelling as an explanation tool

In today’s 15 minute forum, English teacher Russ Shoebridge talked about the power of storytelling and how it can be used to support explanation. * Russ began by reflecting on how students seem to listen to stories differently, and how … Continue reading

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10 simple things to try and have a better work-life balance

Tonight’s 15 minute forum was led by Becky Owen – giving some great advice on how it is possible to be a brilliant teacher and avoid teacher burnout. Get Organised 1.Mid term plan for each class before each half term … Continue reading

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Growing a culture of great teaching

These are the slides that Andy Tharby and I talked through at the Wellington Festival of Education on Friday. Andy talked about how we used the wisdom of great teachers we had worked with over the years, alongside evidence from … Continue reading

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Last week, I was fortunate enough to listen to the fabulous Lucy Crehan talk about her book ‘Cleverlands‘ at the Wellington Festival of Education. As a teacher in an inner-city school, Lucy was exasperated with ever-changing government policy claiming to … 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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Teaching Talk – Growing Kindness

In a very special edition of Teaching Talk, Jason Ramasami talks to Vic Goddard and other staff and students at Passmores Academy about the incredible work that their school charity does. Now more than ever, we need to be encouraging … Continue reading

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