Category Archives: General Teaching

Is it really a low stakes quiz?

Tonight’s 15 Minute Forum was led by English teacher, Tod Brennan and focussed on the concept of low stakes quizzes. There were two aspects of Tod’s presentation; the value of low stakes quizzes for memory recall but also the importance … 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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Effective Marking/Feedback

Tonight’s 15 Minute Forum was led by Kelly Heane (English RQT). Kelly discussed some of the strategies that she has used in her lessons to provide effective marking/feedback. Kelly began by being honest about how marking had initially been a … Continue reading

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Some things about teaching

Today I led a session for our trainee teachers on great teaching.  We talked about lots of things, but in particular we talked about these four slides.  Between them, I think they sum up what great teaching is all about. … Continue reading

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Why is STEM important for all?

The 15 Minute Forum returned this week and was led by Phoebe Bence (Science Teacher and STEM lead). Phoebe began by talking about the many and varied roles of a teacher. It is relatively easy to identify that teachers have … Continue reading

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Planning for Challenge – Part 2

At our last INSET day, Andy Tharby talked about using a planning framework for high starting point students, that focused on three areas – content, thinking and shaping – you can read about it here.  Like many schools, we have been … Continue reading

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Workload Matters

  Teacher workload is a hot topic of discussion in schools at the moment – and rightly so.  The DfE have recently published the results of their ‘Teacher Workload Survey 2016’, which is available here.  This report contains some alarming … Continue reading

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