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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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Assessment Without Levels – An Opportunity for Growth

When the Government announced that KS3 levels were going to be scrapped, the reaction was mostly one of relief.  Many people agreed that levels had become less and less to do with learning and more to do with accountability – … Continue reading

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