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Pruning your practice: seven criteria for cutting away ineffective strategies

By Andy Tharby At this time of the school year we usually dedicate some of our time to thinking about the new approaches we aim to adopt next year. Often we concentrate on the improvements we will make: better resources, … Continue reading

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Five Tips for Making the Most of Gained Time

It’s the time of year when the once faint glimmer of Year 11 gained time is now a blazing light for many teachers. Despite best intentions, it is all too easy to let these gained hours slip away and to … Continue reading

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5 tips for using year 10 mocks

In this brave new world in which reformed GCSE specifications have created more exams than ever before, the piles of mock papers are growing increasingly tall. Schools have organised the sitting of practice exams quite idiosyncratically, with a variety of models out there, often depending on … Continue reading

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Durrington Research School Training Programme 2018-19

Now is the time of year in schools, when leaders are beginning to plan their improvement priorities and plans for next year.  At the Durrington Research School, we have planned our training programme for next year, around key themes that … Continue reading

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Curriculum, Teaching and Assessment

This year, the Durrington Research School Team have been working on producing a new ‘Curriculum, Teaching and Assessment Policy’.  The aim of this policy is to ensure that through curriculum, teaching and assessment all students, especially those in at-risk sub-groups, … Continue reading

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Year 7 and the joy of learning new subjects

By Andy Tharby When we are not daydreaming of sun-kissed vacations in La Rochelle and Tuscany, June and July is the time that we begin turning our attention towards the next academic year. This time around, I am aiming to … Continue reading

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Bright Spots

There was a great deal of effective and engaging teaching occurring during P3 today at Durrington. In particular, it is increasingly evident that our classrooms are rapidly becoming vocabulary-rich environments. This explicit pedagogical approach will be invaluable for the learning and … Continue reading

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