Category Archives: CPD Events

Explicit Vocabulary Instruction as a Whole-School Literacy Strategy

Whole-School Literacy: Where to Begin Last week at Durrington High School we spent a part of our INSET refocusing our whole-school literacy strategy. This began through comparing literacy to a toolbox that students can, and should, have available in every curriculum area. In … Continue reading

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Effective CPD – Subject Planning and Development Sessions in Maths

Last year at Durrington we introduced a new approach to CPD – Subject Planning & Development Sessions.  The idea behind them is very straightforward – once a fortnight subject teams meet and discuss, what are we teaching over the next … Continue reading

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What will the Durrington Research School do for you?

We are incredibly excited to have been designated as a Research School this year, as a part of the Research Schools Network.  We will share what we know about putting research into practice and will support local primary and secondary … Continue reading

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Growing a culture of great teaching

These are the slides that Andy Tharby and I talked through at the Wellington Festival of Education on Friday. Andy talked about how we used the wisdom of great teachers we had worked with over the years, alongside evidence from … Continue reading

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Cleverlands

Last week, I was fortunate enough to listen to the fabulous Lucy Crehan talk about her book ‘Cleverlands‘ at the Wellington Festival of Education. As a teacher in an inner-city school, Lucy was exasperated with ever-changing government policy claiming to … Continue reading

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Durrington TeachMeet 2017

Last Thursday we hosted our sixth annual TeachMeet.  We were delighted to welcome Bill Watkin as our key note speaker – Bill’s wry look at the current educational landscape got the event off to a brilliant start. The Proto food group provided superb paella … Continue reading

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Five reasons I like this Post-It

My job requires me to spend a considerable amount of time in the classrooms of my colleagues.  Last week I saw this Post-It note stuck to the computer screen of one my colleagues.  This made me feel happy for a … Continue reading

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