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Helping teachers to ‘understand the content’

By Andy Tharby Earlier this month, Evidence Based Education published an exciting new report entitled The Great Teaching Toolkit Evidence Review, the first step in the development of the organisation’s ‘Great Teaching Toolkit’. The aim of this project is to … Continue reading

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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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Curriculum Planning to Support Learning

As we continue to engage more and more with evidence from cognitive science and educational research, our knowledge and understanding of how we learn deepens.  For example, the idea of Cognitive Load Theory, frames our understanding of the idea of … Continue reading

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Thinking About Curriculum

Lots of people are thinking and talking about curriculum at the moment, which is a good thing.  Curriculum, teaching and assessment are inextricably linked.  When all three are aligned and of the highest quality, they should facilitate effective learning for … Continue reading

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Weaving together the threads of the curriculum

By Andy Tharby In her recent commentary on Ofsted’s research into the primary and secondary curriculum, Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, wrote: “In recent years, we have thought a great deal about the role of leaders and the importance of … Continue reading

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Curriculum, Teaching and Assessment

This year, the Durrington Research School Team have been working on producing a new ‘Curriculum, Teaching and Assessment Policy’.  The aim of this policy is to ensure that through curriculum, teaching and assessment all students, especially those in at-risk sub-groups, … Continue reading

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Year 7 and the joy of learning new subjects

By Andy Tharby When we are not daydreaming of sun-kissed vacations in La Rochelle and Tuscany, June and July is the time that we begin turning our attention towards the next academic year. This time around, I am aiming to … Continue reading

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A ‘Mastery-light’ Subject Curriculum Model

By Andy Tharby Before we consider the shape and dimensions of a subject curriculum, we should first consider its purpose. In my opinion, a curriculum should always be challenging in its depth and breadth so that: students acquire powerful knowledge … Continue reading

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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Why a Knowledge-Based Curriculum Could be the Future

Last November at Durrington, we dedicated some of our INSET day to thinking about knowledge organisers: what they are; why they should play a major role in teaching and learning; how to create them; and how to use them most effectively … Continue reading

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A Grand Day Out With Hattie & Waters

Today I attended the OSIRIS ‘Outstanding Teaching Conference 2014’ in London.  I always enjoy these events, but was particularly looking forward to this one, as they had two educational heavyweights on the bill – John Hattie and Mick Waters. Neither … Continue reading

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