Category: Blog

Journey towards effective CPD

25 October 2017

When I read frustrated comments on Twitter from teachers bemoaning the behaviour of school leaders, I cringe. I’m quite new to being a school leader, and mistakes are inevitable, whilst also likely to be very ‘impactful’ (love that phrase – NOT) in a negative sense. This blog provides an example of a mistake I made two years ago, and how I’m working to fix it. Why not play a round of bull**** bingo whilst you read it over a cup of coffee. […]

Author: Roger Higgins
Posted on: 25 October 2017
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The Beauty of Networks (from someone who hates networking)

21 October 2017

Friends, family, colleagues are precious to me, and have been invaluable. My network of “other mums” (who are primarily my friends) allow me to balance work, life and family by picking my kids up when I can’t get there, reminding me that tomorrow is the school fete, and I need to take in some cake money… and chatting into the small hours about rubbish.

Also important, the conversations I have with colleagues in the coffee room remind me on a daily basis that I’m not the only one who finds things tough/ busy/ amazing/ thankless/ wonderful at times, and I pick up good ideas for teaching particular topics and lessons.

But sometimes the formalization of these groups (or certain aspects of them) can make them even more valuable. We now have Department planning meetings, where we can take a particular aspect of the coffee room conversation (“How do you teach X? What went well last time? How could we work together to make it better this time?”) and make it an integral part of the CPD process. […]

Author: Niki Kaiser
Posted on: 21 October 2017
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Dual Coding- what, why and how.

16 October 2017

Many may consider it to be a new term to describe an old technique, but dual coding is the combination of visuals and words in the classroom to aid learning. It has garnered attention since the Learning Scientists named it one of their six strategies for effective learning. It is argued that a combination of auditory and visual aids increases both retention and recall amongst students. […]

Author: Vicki Barnett (Research Lead at Notre Dame High School)
Posted on: 16 October 2017
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Welcome to Norwich Research School

30 September 2017

We are delighted and honoured to have been designated as a Research School, and we’re looking forward to working alongside teachers and leaders in Norwich schools. This article outlines who we are and what we plan to do. […]

Author: Niki Kaiser
Posted on: 30 September 2017
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5 “do now” ideas: formative assessment

26 September 2017

Last year, teachers in our school met regularly in small groups to find ways of using research to inform their practice. Every member of staff selected an area to reflect on, applied promising ideas within the classroom, and considered their impact.

A voluntary team of teachers sourced research-informed “techniques” and “reading lists”. These were the initial links given to our Assessment and planning group. […]

Author: Ideas compiled by Vicki, Ali, Tom, Roger and Niki from NDHS, Norwich.
Posted on: 26 September 2017
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Ed Research: A user’s guide (for busy teachers)

23 September 2017

It’s easy to feel daunted at the idea of using research to inform your teaching. Common hurdles include (lack of) time, access and specific expertise. Here’s some advice from someone who’s been there! I’m hoping it might help… […]

Author: This post is written by Niki Kaiser, our Network Research Lead.
Posted on: 23 September 2017
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Evidence-based guidance for improving literacy

22 September 2017

One of the challenges when trying to use research evidence to improve teaching practice in schools can be the amount of evidence to wade through, and its inaccessibility. With this in mind, guidance reports from the EEF do some of this heavy lifting for you. And a key part of the role of the Research Schools Network is to turn these guidance reports into training programmes that help schools use them in practice. […]

Author: Jonathan Haslam
Posted on: 22 September 2017
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Aiming high for quality CPD

22 September 2017

The Research Schools Network aims to put the use of research evidence into the hands of schools and practitioners. One of the three main strands of its work is training, offering CPD that uses the best research evidence to challenged existing practice. […]

Author: Jonathan Haslam
Posted on: 22 September 2017
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ResearchEd 2017 – A First Timer’s Account

19 September 2017

For someone interested in research and the impact it has on education, ResearchEd is one of the most cost-friendly “CPD” activities you can undertake. Where else will you get to talk OFSTED expectations, Threshold Concepts and Behaviour Management with experts all on the same day in the same location? I found it all both thought-provoking and eye opening. I left with different opinions on growth mindset, ideas on how to speed up the delivery of curriculum content, and with new insight into the problems and challenges presented by assessments following life after levels. I have talked the ear off anyone who has dared to ask “How was ResearchEd?” […]

Author: This post was written by Vicki Barnett, Research Lead at NDHS Norwich. You can contact her via twitter @vickibarnett
Posted on: 19 September 2017
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Expanding the Research Schools Network

12 July 2017

Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education, today confirmed the 11 new Research Schools in Opportunity Areas. The announcement doubles the size of the Research Schools Network. From an original project with eleven schools, we have now grown to 22. […]

Author: Jonathan Haslam
Posted on: 12 July 2017
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