Category: Blog

The fundamentals of challenge – expectations and cognitive load

9 January 2019

This post aims to do two things: first to introduce some of the research findings around teacher expectations and classroom practice; then to consider what kind of teaching practice might genuinely challenge our pupils. […]

Author: Andy Tharby
Posted on: 9 January 2019
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The 12 Days of Christmas

10 December 2018

On the 12th day of Christmas my Research School gave to me…OK, it’s a bit early, but here are 12 easy to read research papers to feast on over the Christmas period. […]

Posted on: 10 December 2018
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Flashcards in practice

7 December 2018

As part of our ongoing endeavours to provide our students with effective revision material and support, the geography department at Durrington has recently developed a series of knowledge organisers intended to distil the core elements and key concepts that students need to know, and the department needs to consistently teach, to be successful. When discussing […]

Posted on: 7 December 2018
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Questioning in PE

2 December 2018

It is undeniable that questioning is imperative to improving students’ understanding of the world . However teachers are often over reliant on recall style questions surrounding surface knowledge, usually targeted at students who the teacher knows has sound knowledge within the field. Whilst establishing whether students have a firm grasp of the core knowledge they need to master the subject is important, questioning should aim to stimulate learners to analyse, evaluate and link ideas together. Essentially, questioning should generate thinking. This is an area of classroom practice which is sometimes lacking in the initial years of teaching. […]

Author: James Crane
Posted on: 2 December 2018
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Reflections from a training programme

23 November 2018

As a Research School we put on a number of training programmes that colleagues from all over the country attend. We also offer fully funded places on these programmes to our own staff, as we feel it is important that they also get the benefit of the knowledge and experience of the Research School team.

Last week, Durrington geography teacher Rob Suckling attended day one of our ‘Improving Memory’ training programme, led by Chris Runeckles […]

Author: Shaun Allison
Posted on: 23 November 2018
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Using Research Evidence to Teach Effective Revision Strategies: Dual Coding

16 November 2018

Here at Durrington, as with many schools, we are busy trying to encourage students to set aside some time every day for effective revision. Shaun Allison recently blogged about our evidence-informed approachs to revision here. […]

Posted on: 16 November 2018
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Early Career Teacher Development Programme

16:00–17:30 on 5 February 2019

This is a CPD programme comprising three twilight sessions aimed at early-years teachers or EYTs (year 2 to year 5).

Research suggests that professional context plays a large role in recruitment and retention of early-years teachers. Schools with high levels of retention are those where teachers feel they are working in a supportive CPD environment that enables them to develop their effectiveness both in their classrooms and a wider context. […]

Posted on: 14 November 2018
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High attaining students – what should our approach be?

7 November 2018

Stop a student in a corridor and ask them if they are “high starting point” and they probably won’t be able to answer you one way or another.  Those that can, may not do so with much accuracy.  Evidence tells us we poor judges of our own strengths and weakness, even though we generally think […]

Author: Chris Runeckles
Posted on: 7 November 2018
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Making revision sessions count

1 November 2018

Up and down the country Y11 students (and their teachers) will be thinking about mock exams. With this comes the inevitable revision sessions, that teachers will be leading. This post explores how can we use the research evidence to ensure that this precious time is spent effectively? […]

Author: Shaun Allison
Posted on: 1 November 2018
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Research case study: Shifting students’ beliefs about how much study is normal

11 October 2018

Too many year 11 students as they approach their Christmas mocks and summer exams, do too little personal revision (outside of school organised revision sessions). Conversely, others will get very anxious about not doing enough. This is often based (incorrectly) on how much revision they think their peers do. […]

Author: James Crane
Posted on: 11 October 2018
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