Category Archives: General Teaching

Embedding Curriculum Development

  Last week Alex Quigley wrote an excellent blog on curriculum development.  Alex offers a word of caution to school leaders who are frantically looking to develop their curriculum, in response to OFSTED’s renewed focus: “A handy short-cut is to … Continue reading

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Student Attention – 5 Tips

As Mark Enser so eloquently put it in his recent article in the TES on this topic, the idea that it is important that students pay attention, can be put in “well, duh” basket of educational advice. Still, knowing it … Continue reading

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Getting Formative Assessment Right – Bright Spots

This year at Durrington we have framed our teaching and learning priorities around what we consider to be the key threshold concepts for teachers working in our context – one of these threshold concepts is formative assessment.   There is … Continue reading

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The Importance of Worked Examples

John Sweller (1998) discussed the relationship between working memory (the limited space in which we think and process information) and long-term memory (a huge storehouse of vocabulary, concepts and procedures). It is widely accepted, through an array of cognitive science … Continue reading

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I, We, You modelling in my classroom

Since my start at Durrington this year part of the focus of my department has been to improve our use of “I, We, You” modelling in our Maths classrooms. We have become increasingly aware of how important modelling is, and … Continue reading

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57 Day Plan

Here at Durrington our Y11 students have sat their mocks and had their results and in a number of subjects, teachers have already finished teaching the content of the course.  It’s parents evening tonight and a common topic of discussion … Continue reading

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Curriculum Matters

Here at Durrington, we have been thinking a great deal about how curriculum, teaching and assessment should not be seen as separate entities, but are interwoven and dependent on each other.  You can read about our work on this here.  … Continue reading

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