Category: Blog

Effective flashcards

19 September 2018

As with many teaching and learning tools, flashcards will be nothing new to most teachers.  Many of us (myself not included sadly) will have revised for our own exams with lovingly created decks of brightly coloured card.  Perhaps it is surprising then that there is not a huge volume of research regarding their effectiveness. Classic papers by Dunlosky, Rosenshine and others […]

Author: Chris Runeckles
Posted on: 19 September 2018
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What does an evidence-informed school look like?

10 September 2018

As a network of Research Schools, we are spending a great deal of time working with schools from all over the country, to help them become more ‘evidence-informed’. Whilst doing so, it’s important that we step back and think about what we are trying to achieve. What are the ‘active ingredients’ of an evidence informed school? […]

Author: Shaun Allison
Posted on: 10 September 2018
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EEF Blog: Grouping pupils by attainment – what does the evidence say?

7 September 2018

Danielle Mason, Head of Research at the Education Endowment Foundation, unpacks the evidence on grouping pupils by attainment. […]

Author: Danielle Mason, Head of Research, EEF
Posted on: 7 September 2018
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Subject Planning and Development Sessions

28 August 2018

This post describes how Durrington has used evidence around effective CPD to plan fortnightly ‘Subject Planning & Development Sessions. […]

Author: Shaun Allison
Posted on: 28 August 2018
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Working Together in 2018-19

23 July 2018

On behalf of all of the Durrington Research School Team, we would like to say a very big thank you to all the teachers and leaders that we have worked with in our first year as a research school. Whether it has been at one of our training programmes, twilights, conferences or a school visit, it has been a real privilege to hear how schools are engaging with evidence informed practice. […]

Posted on: 23 July 2018
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Developing a ‘Disciplined Inquiry’ Approach

19 July 2018

Earlier this month I was fortunate enough to listen to John Tomsett talk about how Huntington have developed a ‘disciplined inquiry’ approach to teacher appraisal.  This is a way of encouraging teachers to think deeply about how they are going to improve their practice.  You can read more about the approach Huntington have taken, in this blog […]

Author: Shaun Allison
Posted on: 19 July 2018
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Research Bites: Purposeful Practice

12 July 2018

What does it mean? Purposeful practice is practising at the edges of your capability.  It involves setting a clear goal, having several steps planned towards meeting that goal and getting regular feedback as you progress. What does the evidence tell us? “So here we have purposeful practice in a nutshell: Get outside your comfort zone but do it in […]

Author: Chris Runeckles
Posted on: 12 July 2018
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Research Bites: We remember what we think about

28 June 2018

We will only remember something if we have paid attention to it. Lesson planning, therefore, should focus primarily on the thinking that students will do in the lesson. […]

Posted on: 28 June 2018
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Durrington Research School Training Programme 2018-19

27 June 2018

Now is the time of year in schools, when leaders are beginning to plan their improvement priorities and plans for next year. At the Durrington Research School, we have planned our training programme for next year, around key themes that we think will support schools with these priorities. […]

Author: Shaun Allison
Posted on: 27 June 2018
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Durrington Research School Twilight Programme 2018-19

27 June 2018

Alongside our menu of 3 day training programmes next year (details here) we are also offering a programme of FREE twilight sessions next year for colleagues to attend. These run from 4pm-5.30pm and are an opportunity to hear some key messages from research around a particular topic, as well as some approaches to help you mobilise this research back a you school. […]

Author: Shaun Allison
Posted on: 27 June 2018
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