Love this approach – a clear focus on what’s important and the opportunity for all staff to develop without losing the individuality that often makes teachers special.
Today we hosted the inaugural ‘Making every lesson count conference’ at Durrington. I started my presentation by outlining three things that were instrumental in the development of the book:
- A visit to my loft and a look through some of my wife’s old chemistry exercise books – from 1985 when she was taught by the legendary Mr Clarke. More on this here.
- Reading the books ‘An Ethic of Excellence’, ‘Bounce‘ and ‘Mindset’.
- Reading the Sutton Trust paper ‘What makes great teaching?‘
This, alongside much between discussion between myself and Andy about the day to day practice of some of the best teachers we have worked with, resulted in the development of the six principles that are the focus of the book:
This has become our teaching and learning policy at Durrington – it seems to work for a number of reasons.
“Tight but loose”
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