Category: Blog

What have we learnt after one term of being a research school?

15 December 2017

It’s been a busy first term here at the Durrington Research School. So what have we learnt so far about helping schools, teachers and leaders to engage with and use the evidence that is out there? […]

Author: Shaun Allison
Posted on: 15 December 2017
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EEF Evaluation: Communicating and Engaging with Research

12 December 2017

Recently, the EEF published its findings from two ‘Literacy Octopus’ trials, so called after their multi-armed design. Both trials focused on supporting teaching and learning of literacy at KS2, and evaluated the impact of communicating research to schools […]

Author: Fran Haynes
Posted on: 12 December 2017
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Reflections on our improving memory training course

7 December 2017

On Friday last week 14 teachers from south coast schools met together at the Durrington Research School to discuss how we can improve memory in order to improve students’ performance in terminal exams. The three-day training course had been designed around applying principles from cognitive science to the classroom, and drew on the wealth of research in this area.  It was created in […]

Author: Chris Runeckles
Posted on: 7 December 2017
Posted in: Blog, Training/CPD

Ask The Expert – Dr Brian Marsh

4 December 2017

Q&A with Dr Brian Marsh, Principal Lecturer Science Education – University of Brighton […]

Posted on: 4 December 2017
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Learning From The Learning Scientists

27 November 2017

On Friday Andy Tharby and Chris Runeckles from The Durrington Research School, led a session at our school INSET day. They were discussing the work of The Learning Scientists who are a group of cognitive psychological scientists, based in the USA, who focus on the science of learning. In particular, they focus on six effective study and teaching strategies that are supported by research evidence. […]

Posted on: 27 November 2017
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Fully Guided Instruction

21 November 2017

In 2006, Paul A. Kirschner, John Sweller and Richard E. Clark wrote a seminal paper on the shortfalls of minimal instructional guidance. They followed this in 2012 with an article for American Educator – ‘Putting Students on the Path to Learning: The Case for Fully Guided Instruction’ – in which they explored the reasons why explicit teaching is usually a more effective approach than minimal guidance. This blog will provide a brief summary of the 2012 article and will explore its implications for day-to-day classroom practice. […]

Author: Andy Tharby
Posted on: 21 November 2017
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EEF Evaluations: Lesson Study and Teacher Observation

15 November 2017

The EEF recently released two evaluation reports on CPD approaches that have been trialled in schools in the UK: Lesson Study and Teacher Observation. Even though both reports identify the impact of these interventions on pupil outcomes as zero, this is not to say that we have nothing to learn from the findings. Indeed, closer inspection of the studies can provide some very useful insight about how to go about implementing effective CPD in our schools. […]

Posted on: 15 November 2017
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Reflections on our first training programme

9 November 2017

On Wednesday this week 22 teachers from coastal schools met together at the Durrington Research School to discuss how we can most effectively use the lessons from the EEF Toolkit to address disadvantage. The day started with delegates first answering the question “what are the problems associated with your coastal context?”  This discussion was then filtered on to […]

Author: Chris Runeckles
Posted on: 9 November 2017
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Thinking about metacognition

30 October 2017

At Durrington High School we run a half-termly journal club where teachers come to discuss a useful and relevant education research paper. Our first paper of the academic year was Metacognition: Study Strategies, Monitoring, and Motivation by William Peirce (2003) which is a useful review of the literature surrounding metacognition. […]

Author: Andy Tharby
Posted on: 30 October 2017
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What’s on next half term?

20 October 2017

As we all look forward to a well deserved half-term break, we wanted to thank you all for your support and engagement across the network.  It’s been a great first half term here at the Durrington Research School and there is clearly an appetite for schools to work together to develop a more evidence-informed approach […]

Posted on: 20 October 2017
Posted in: Blog, News