Category: Blog

The New GCSEs: Bigger and Harder

31 March 2017

When we reach the end of this academic year I will have been a teacher of Geography for twenty years and a Subject Leader for 14 years. In those twenty years I have seen three overhauls of the GCSE curriculum, taught a range of different exam board specifications, from WJEC, OCR B, to Edexcel A […]

Author: Jane Elsworth
Posted on: 31 March 2017
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An Interview with the Expert…On Reading Comprehension

25 March 2017

Professor Kate Cain is Head of the Psychology department at Lancaster University. She is a renowned expert on reading comprehension, which is obviously such a crucial issue to understand for teachers of students in all phases. Her book, ‘Reading Development and Difficulties‘ is available to purchase. We are delighted to say that Professor Kate Cain  is speaking at […]

Posted on: 25 March 2017
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Making Best Use of the Team on Our Bus: Our Teaching Assistants

6 March 2017

By the time the request for LLE applicants to apply to facilitate the ‘Making Best use of Teaching Assistants’ sprung into my inbox I had long since recognised that this was an area in our school that required our focus.  It was one of those development areas that, as a school leader, buzzed lazily around […]

Posted on: 6 March 2017
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Nudge: Lessons from Around the World

4 March 2017

On Wednesday, the OECD released an interesting new global report on ‘behavioural insights‘ or ‘nudges‘. As Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein, who defined the concept, describe it: “A nudge, as we will use the term, is any aspect of the choice architecture that alters people’s behavior in a predictable way without forbidding any options or significantly […]

Posted on: 4 March 2017
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Memory for Learning…and Remembering Rap Lyrics

1 March 2017

 What teachers can learn from one student’s ability to remember a record breaking rap track Luke is a Year 11 student who, with little more than the prompt of a kick drum and snare, can remember all 1,560 words of Eminem’s record breaking 2013 track ‘Rap God’. Quite a feat. But perhaps even more impressive […]

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‘An Interview with the Expert’…On Working Memory

25 February 2017

Dr Joni Holmes is a Senior Scientist at the Medical Research Council’s Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, UK. Her research focuses on the causes and remediation of specific learning difficulties with a particular focus on working memory. She also runs a research clinic for children with difficulties in attention, learning and memory, which […]

Posted on: 25 February 2017
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‘An Interview with the Expert’…On Psychology, Stress and Resilience

17 February 2017

Dr. Jo Jordan and Dr. Sarah Marziller are both clinical psychologists who work in and around the field of education. During a recent training session here at Huntington, we explored the concept of how we can develop and model resilience to our students at Huntington Secondary School. We then asked them a series of interesting questions exploring the use […]

Posted on: 17 February 2017
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Developing School Research-leads

1 February 2017

This last month, Huntington Research School began training prospective Research-leads from a range of schools, both primary and secondary, across North Lincolnshire. The role of Research-leads is an emerging role nationally, so it is useful to share the ‘what’, ‘why’ and ‘how’ of having a Research-lead in your school. We are all strapped for cash […]

Posted on: 1 February 2017
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What does research tell us about CPD?

1 February 2017

When CPD works well it really benefits teachers, pupils and whole school improvement. It is absolutely at the heart of school culture and practice, so ensuring that it is underpinned by evidence is paramount. I set up the Teacher Development Trust in 2012 to enable more effective CPD nationally and in 2015 we launched Developing […]

Author: David Weston
Posted on: 1 February 2017
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Lazy boys and hardworking girls?

1 February 2017

What does the evidence tell us about gender differences in homework time commitment? Research has found that homework can have a positive effect on educational achievement and attainment. According to the EEF Toolkit, the impact of homework on learning in secondary schools is consistently positive (leading to on average five months’ additional progress). However, getting […]

Author: Jane Elsworth
Posted on: 1 February 2017
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