Category Archives: General Teaching

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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What is self-efficacy and how can we help our students to get more of it?

“If you think you can, you probably can.  If you think you can’t, well that self limiting and self-fulfilling belief might well stop you doing something you’re perfectly capable of doing.” Albert Bandura Last week I was fortunate enough to … Continue reading

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Why Modelling?

Tonight’s 15 minute forum was led by our Director of Science, Steph Temple.  Steph started the session by apologising for her powerpoint and saying that she wasn’t much of a powerpoint person…which probably explains why she was leading this session! … Continue reading

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She doesn’t shout at no girls: the gender gap

Teaching is full of perennials.  Just like the irises in my back garden they dutifully arrive every year come what may, blooming for all their worth and giving us that secure, fuzzy feeling that there are some things we can always … Continue reading

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Why playdough is not the way forward when teaching geography

Many thanks to Durrington geography teacher Hannah Townsend for this post, where she reflects on the importance of challenge and high expectations in KS3. * I recently read a post on a GCSE geography teachers’ forum asking for advice about how … Continue reading

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