Category Archives: Bright Spots

Bright Spots: 24.2.2020

Today myself and Andy Tharby spent some time visiting lessons, looking for  bright spots – examples of teachers implementing the 6 principles effectively in their classrooms.  This is what we saw: In maths, Shane Borrett had marked and handed back … Continue reading

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Bright Spots – 4th December 2019

Today James Crane and I walked around the school and saw some fantastic practice going on in our classrooms.  Here is a summary. In science Fahim Rahman was starting his lesson with a retrieval quiz that included questions on their … Continue reading

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Bright Spots

We have got off to a great start at Durrington High School and visiting lessons over the past few days made it clear why this has been the case. In all of the lessons that we saw, the students were … 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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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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