Category: Blog

Reflections on Day 2 of our Leading Learning training course

14 April 2018

Just before the end of Spring term, we welcomed back senior leaders from around Norfolk for Day 2 of Leading Learning: our programme to improve the quality of Teacher Continued Professional Development. The timing of the publication of the EEF guidance report ‘A School’s Guide to Implementation‘ was too good an opportunity to miss, and […]

Author: Roger Higgins
Posted on: 14 April 2018
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Metacognition and Revision (1) – how to approach exam papers

22 March 2018

I have been using metacognition in my lessons to get students to reflect on their understanding in terms of exam technique and knowledge, so I thought it would be interesting to turn my ideas into something that could work for the masses (ie. not just History students) and specifically in terms of revision. All the students in the group were “High Prior Achievers”, so I felt I could use some more complex techniques with them, and encourage them to move away from “fail safe” methods, such as highlighting, reading over previous work, and producing flashcards, which students often rely upon in times of exam pressure. […]

Author: Vicki Barnett (Research Lead at Notre Dame High School)
Posted on: 22 March 2018
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NorReL March links- Memory and the Science of Learning

20 March 2018

Many thanks to all who came along to the Research Leads Network meeting this month. We had a full and varied Agenda including contributions from within the Opportunity Area, around Norfolk… and across the Atlantic! […]

Author: Niki Kaiser
Posted on: 20 March 2018
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Norwich Research School partners with VNET

9 March 2018

We are delighted to announce that Norwich Research School has entered into partnership with Viscount Nelson Education Network CIC (VNET). […]

Posted on: 9 March 2018
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What learning French has taught me about teaching

4 March 2018

Almost 13 years later, and in the euphoria that the Christmas Holidays and sense of fresh start that New Year brings, I decided to retackle some French. My partner is very good at French, and so when we’ve visited the country I have been heavily reliant upon his ability to speak it almost fluently, with my occasional delight at recognising ‘Sortie’ on a sign and proudly proclaiming ‘that means exit.’ Having realised that our holidays will involve a lot of seeing France in 2018, being the proud woman I am, I decided that I didn’t want to just rely upon my other half’s knowledge of French whilst there, and that I wanted to be able to do some of it myself. Having a C grade, how hard can it be? I naïvely thought. […]

Author: Vicki Barnett (Research Lead at Notre Dame High School)
Posted on: 4 March 2018
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Will they remember this next year? 5 key points for long-term learning

28 February 2018

We encounter a huge amount of information all the time via our senses. If we paid attention to it all, we would very soon be overloaded and unable to deal withany of it. For this reason, much of what we encounter is very quickly forgotten, unless we pay attention to it, and make a point of remembering it. […]

Author: Niki Kaiser
Posted on: 28 February 2018
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FREE evidence-based revision resource (a highly technical piece of blue card…)

10 February 2018

…even if you space, interleave, retrieve and elaborate throughout a curriculum sequence, you still need to consolidate learning as exams draw nearer, and make sure that knowledge is accessible and applicable.
And if you haven’t done all this spacing and retrieving and interleaving throughout the course (because, let’s face it, most of us haven’t!… either because we felt we didn’t have time or because we didn’t know how to… or because we just didn’t know about this stuff) then effective revision is even more important. […]

Author: Niki Kaiser
Posted on: 10 February 2018
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Norwich Research Leads Network – February meeting links

4 February 2018

Links from the Norwich Research Leads Network February meeting. […]

Author: Niki Kaiser
Posted on: 4 February 2018
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What makes great teaching?

28 January 2018

In September 2017, staff at Notre Dame were asked to define what we understood to be truly great teaching. This wasn’t designed to be a fluffy exercise in order to fill a gap on September inset. Staff were promised that the data would directly inform this year’s observation pro-forma, thus creating greater ownership of the process. The previous pro-forma was of its time. Grades were not in direct use, but the inescapable echoes of grading existed. […]

Author: Tom Pinnington (Deputy Head- Notre Dame High School)
Posted on: 28 January 2018
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Using Parkrun to build resilience and engagement

14 January 2018

This post links to an interview I recorded with Sam Phillips, a teacher from Norwich, who regularly runs the Junior Parkrun with his pupils and their parents. […]

Author: Niki Kaiser and Sam Phillips
Posted on: 14 January 2018
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