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Mastering Metacognition

At Durrington, teachers in their first five years of teaching are offered the opportunity to study a part-funded masters in education through the University of Brighton, led by Dr Brian Marsh.  Our Head of Geography Ben Crockett, has just successfully … Continue reading

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Threshold Concepts for Teachers

Last week I was leading a training session for trainee science teachers, looking at the EEF ‘Improving Secondary Science’ guidance report – this is a great resource for science teachers and one that I would strongly recommend.  There is a … Continue reading

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Metacognition in PE

Deputy Leader of PE and Research School Associate James Crane discusses how he has been developing metacognition with his students. The Problem Teachers should acquire the professional understanding and skills to develop their pupils’ metacognitive knowledge. Whilst this is of course … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with ‘pitch, pace and progression’?

This morning Michael Chiles asked a question on twitter on whether it was sensible for an observer to make a judgement about the pace of a lesson: This reminded me of a consultant that I worked with as a young … Continue reading

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Weaving together the threads of the curriculum

By Andy Tharby In her recent commentary on Ofsted’s research into the primary and secondary curriculum, Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, wrote: “In recent years, we have thought a great deal about the role of leaders and the importance of … Continue reading

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Knowledge Organisers: Making them worth more than the paper they’re written on

As we have previously blogged about here and here, we at Durrington are currently implementing knowledge organisers across the whole school. At the moment, we have knowledge organisers in place in all subjects for Year 9 and Year 10. The knowledge … Continue reading

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Cracking homework

Homework has been on my list of whole-school responsibilities for some time now.  In fact, this will be the sixth year in which I’ve been charged with leading on all things connected to learning outside of the classroom.  Other than revision that … Continue reading

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