Tag Archives: Subject CPD

Improving our subject knowledge

In the Sutton Trust research review (2014) ‘What makes great teaching?’ (extract above) the subject content knowledge of a teacher is at the top of the six components of great teaching. ‘Teachers cannot help children learn things they themselves do … 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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Now that’s what I call CPD

Today was the first day back after the spring break and we had one of our fortnightly ‘Subject Planning & Development Sessions’.  I have blogged about these before here.  The purpose of them is simple – for subject teams to … Continue reading

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Subject Planning and Development Sessions

Before the summer, I wrote about our approach to CPD for 2016-17 at Durrington – you can read about it here.  The idea is simple.  Every two weeks, subject teams will meet and talk about what they are teaching over … Continue reading

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Getting to the heart of teacher led CPD

Over the last few years at Durrington we have developed a range of approaches to CPD – you can get an overview of them here and in my book ‘Perfect Teacher Led CPD’.   As the title of the book suggests, all … Continue reading

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Subject Pedagogy Development Session 2: Vocabulary Matters

During our INSET day today, we had the second of our ‘Subject Pedagogy Development Sessions’. The thinking behind these sessions is to put CPD back into the context of subjects. So each session has an over-arching theme, that is then discussed and … Continue reading

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Subject Pedagogy Development Session 1: Effort Matters

We had an INSET day today, and held the first of our ‘Subject Pedagogy Development Sessions’  The idea behind these sessions is to put our CPD, back into a subject context – so the theme for today was effort.  Following a … Continue reading

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