Category: Blog

A Little Last Minute, But…

9 May 2017

It is the final days of the long and winding exam run in for year 11 and for A level students. SATs are now mid-stream. You may ask: how did that happen? There never seems enough time, as we hurtle toward the end of the year in the hope that our students do themselves justice. […]

Posted on: 9 May 2017
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Unveiling the Mystery of Metacognition

2 May 2017

Metacognition is the buzzword in education currently, yet how this actually applies to our classroom practice and how it can be used to improve progress is unclear. […]

Author: Julie Watson
Posted on: 2 May 2017
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NEETs and “Inbetweeners”: A Bright New Dawn?

28 April 2017

As all political parties enter the final push for the 2017 General Election, the promises of a bright future will abound. More jobs, more houses, more bright opportunities for everyone, including our next generation of children. […]

Author: Alex Quigley
Posted on: 28 April 2017
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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 […]

Posted on: 1 March 2017
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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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