Category: Blog

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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Supporting Struggling Readers at Secondary School

19 June 2018

We have been lucky enough to add a few new books to the Durrington Research School library this term, one of which is James and Dianne Murphy’s Thinking Reading: What Every Secondary Teachers Needs to Know about Reading. In this book, the authors cite research carried out in the US and published in Effective Instruction for Adolescent Struggling Readers. This paper provides some interesting research evidence and ideas for practice, which may or may not suit your context. However, there is plenty of food for thought to support the complex decision making required when it comes to supporting struggling readers in secondary school. […]

Posted on: 19 June 2018
Posted in: Blog, Evidence, Training/CPD

Focusing on the formative at KS3

15 June 2018

The removal of Key Stage 3 levels left a vacuum that all schools have had to fill.  Our solution at Durrington was, in 2014, to pilot the Growth and Thresholds model, a system that (alongside several other schools) we have been using ever since. However, this year we decided to take a fresh look at our model.  As with […]

Author: Chris Runeckles
Posted on: 15 June 2018
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Improving communication, language and literacy in the early years

15 June 2018

Eileen Allpress, Director of Ipswich Research School, introduces the EEF’s Preparing for Literacy guidance report and explains how this evidence is brought to life at Highfield Nursery School and Children’s Centre. […]

Author: Eileen Allpress, Director of Ipswich Research School
Posted on: 15 June 2018
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Training programme feedback and plans for 2018-19

13 June 2018

This post features some video feedback of our training programmes and a summary of our planned training programmes for 2018-19. […]

Author: Shaun Allison
Posted on: 13 June 2018
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Has a solution to retention been found?

8 June 2018

Nikki Jones, Director of Shireland Research School, discusses the problem of retaining early career teachers in light of the EEF evaluation of RETAIN: a one-year professional development programme for early career teachers teaching in Key Stage 1. […]

Author: Nikki Jones, Director of Shireland Research School
Posted on: 8 June 2018
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