Category: Blog

School improvement and taming the ‘marking monster’?

9 February 2018

Alex Quigley takes a closer look at the EEF’s latest guidance report, Putting Evidence to Work: A School’s Guide to Implementation […]

Author: Alex Quigley, Director of Huntington Research School
Posted on: 9 February 2018
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Book Review: Literacy in the Disciplines

28 January 2018

Research books are often criticised for using language that is overly academic and inaccessible and for having content that is not related to everyday classroom practice. ‘Literacy in the Disciplines’ can certainly not be accused of either of these failings. […]

Posted on: 28 January 2018
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Making the Most of ‘Science Capital’

27 January 2018

Enterprising Science is a five-year partnership between King’s College London and the Science Museum, using the concept of ‘science capital’ to improve engagement in school science and hopefully lead to more of our learners pursuing STEM related careers. I attended an initial one-day meeting with the Enterprising Science Team, and the rest, as they say is history. […]

Author: Alister Talbot
Posted on: 27 January 2018
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Book review: ‘Memorable Teaching’ by Peps Mccrea

17 January 2018

If you have a spare half hour (honestly, you can read the whole book in that time) you should check out this highly accessible book filled with useful insights and tips for teachers. As someone who is fascinated by memory and values its role in teaching, I totally agree that memory is integral to learning but until recently it has been misunderstood and often associated simply with rote learning. […]

Author: Julie Watson, Memory and Metacognition lead, Huntington Research School
Posted on: 17 January 2018
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A vocabulary led curriculum

17 January 2018

As part of our ‘Building Confident Research-leads’ course we ask colleagues to consider different aspects that feed into curriculum planning such as: exam board Assessment Objectives; teacher subject knowledge; and core subject related skills. […]

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Why can’t boys be…well, more like girls?

17 January 2018

Schools are complex places full of blood, sweat and break-times. Making sense of all of the complex factors that determine the success of our students is a devilishly difficult task, like the proverbial needle-seeking in a haystack. When faced with such difficulty, whilst being tired and time-poor, we instinctively look for short-cuts to help us. […]

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What makes research evidence useful for teachers?

6 January 2018

January is a time for new resolutions and no little resolve. Join the gym, read some books, mark the schoolwork on time. For the busy teacher, perhaps there is the resolution to read some research evidence, making some positive changes along the way? Only the reality of teachers regularly accessing research evidence is too much […]

Posted on: 6 January 2018
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New Year’s Resolutions

2 January 2018

Here at Huntington Research School we are excited about what 2018 holds in store. And, as is customary, we have set ourselves some New Year’s resolutions, and just for a change, none of these are evidence based! Keep a tidy desk Get Tilly and Lilly’s names the right way round Print resources the night before, […]

Posted on: 2 January 2018
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Assessment in a Differentiated Classroom

14 December 2017

‘An effective teacher makes the curriculum (the “what” of teaching) accessible through appropriate teaching practices (the “how” of teaching).’ I am attempting to use research to inform and shape my practice. I teach Science in a mixed-ability KS4 classroom to pupils from range of backgrounds and with a range of abilities […]

Author: Dan Clark-Frew, Science teacher, Huntington
Posted on: 14 December 2017
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Alleviating the revision burden

14 December 2017

‘I think revision is basically cheating. If you don’t know the stuff from your lessons then it’s your problem.’
I remember these words (or something approximating them) being spoken to me by a friend at school before we faced our year 11 mocks. Let’s be honest, from Tim’s mouth it was a bizarre exercise in self-justification as to why he had not done any revision. […]

Author: Marcus Jones: Research and Literacy lead, Huntington
Posted on: 14 December 2017
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