Category Archives: Bright Spots

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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Bright Spots: SPDS

One of our greatest successes at Durrington High School is our subject planning and development sessions (SPDS). These are fortnightly, subject-specific CPD sessions in which curriculum teams meet to develop subject and pedagogical knowledge and ideas. To ensure the most effective practice … Continue reading

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Bright Spots – Memory

Over the past few days I have been visiting lessons attempting to uncover good practice in the field of memory creation and retention.  At Durrington we have made the use of memory strategies gleaned from cognitive science one of our three … Continue reading

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Bright Spots: high ability

  This week Shaun Allison and I walked around the school and visited several lessons focusing on the teaching of high ability students.  We dropped into English, maths and science top sets, observing the teaching and learning strategies that were being employed.  Most teaching … Continue reading

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Bright Spots: 9th November 2017

Today Fran Haynes and I walked around the school and visited a number of lessons.  It was great to see so much effective practice, that we will summarise in the ‘bright spots’ post.  We think it’s important to talk about … Continue reading

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Bright Spots: STEM Week

Last week was British Science week and Durrington had its own STEM week led by the Science department and Steph Temple. The aim of the week was to raise the profile of STEM and to inspire Key Stage 3 students … Continue reading

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Bright Spots – what can we learn from our Curriculum Leaders?

Curriculum Leaders play a pivotal role in developing teaching and learning at Durrington, as they work with their teams on a daily basis to ensure high quality teaching in their subject areas. Over the past week, I have visited each of our Curriculum … Continue reading

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