Category Archives: Bright Spots

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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What do teachers do to help the clever ones get even better?

On Friday, Andy Tharby and I walked around the school.  We visited lessons of Y11 high starter students, who were doing particularly well in that subject.  We noted some of the things that these teachers were doing, that would probably contribute … Continue reading

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Bright Spots – What can we learn from practical subjects?

Chris Runeckles and I wanted to examine how practical subjects address the teaching principles of modelling, explanation and practice. We chose to focus on practical subjects, as both of us teach Humanities subjects, and we wanted to consider how written based … Continue reading

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A walk around English, maths and science

We are very fortunate to have Dr Brian Marsh as a school governor at Durrington.  Brian has been a science teacher and a Deputy Head and is now Principal Lecturer (Education) at the University of Brighton.  Brian leads the science … Continue reading

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