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18/11/20

Help your community by making a donation to Rainham Foodbank. We are collecting until December 4th. https://t.co/m78mBm5bPc

18/11/20

Retweetd From Harris Rainham PE

Extra Curricular clubs back up and running this week!! Hope to see you all there🏃‍♂️⚽️🤸🏼‍♀️

18/11/20

Christmas has come early to the Art Department at Harris Academy Rainham and year 7 and 8 have been busy creating the design for our school Christmas card. Thank you to everyone who entered the competition and well done to the winner, Eugen Jurjiu from 7F! https://t.co/BWgQwm7Cp0

13/11/20

Happy World Kindness Day! Our Year 7 Captains Nell, Alicia and Sophie are sending emails to check in with a Year7 student currently shielding. Well done, this is such a kind act. https://t.co/xBIQ40MLmB

05/11/20

Please support our Foodbank Drive 2020 https://t.co/412VaD7yHl

15/10/20

Rainham Experience Newsletter for Year 10 and 11 students now available on our website https://t.co/BAqaAbskeU https://t.co/YSTvXfvDug

14/10/20

Year 11 October Half Term Intervention Timetable. See our website for details https://t.co/ATvfhmBm3M

12/10/20

Upcoming Careers Events at HAR https://t.co/CmeQxKjNeF

12/10/20

Year 11 Mock Examinations will take place from 2nd November 2020. For more information and the full timetable see our website at https://t.co/Z3rQZ7ceI3

12/10/20

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award for Y9 and Y10 https://t.co/q52e5BhVf0

06/10/20

Welcome To Our Virtual Visit From The Principal https://t.co/JWRZPOcNNV

29/09/20

Library Help Desk and Book Collection Service The library is offering a help desk and book reservation/click and collection service via the library door, located in the quad area. Please see below poster for opening times, weather permitting. https://t.co/SAaXz28cyY

29/09/20

Year 11 Virtual Academy Arrangements for self isolating students https://t.co/PFhjbjbDGS

29/09/20

Y7 student council applications will open Monday 28th September. Applications can be downloaded, collected from learning guides or from the library. Completed applications should be posted in the box in the library by Wednesday 7th October. https://t.co/wfl7I30mfP

23/09/20

Please see our website for a letter from London Borough of Havering regarding Covid 19 https://t.co/ob1pEQBMvK

21/09/20

Due to Government Covid-19 restrictions, the Open Evening scheduled for late September will no longer take place. A virtual tour and a range of other information and resources will be placed on the Academy website by 5th October and will be available until 31st October.

17/09/20

Retweetd From HPA Kent House

6-Martin Luther King Class have been writing lovely messages to put inside their kind jar. If someone is feeling upset or a bit down, they can take a message out and read it to put a smile on their face😊🌈 https://t.co/dbTv2iqyek

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Our Development Programmes - Staff

On this page you'll find an overview of the personal and professional development opportunities available to staff at Harris Academy Rainham.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Gabriel Alamu g.alamu@harrisrainham.org.uk


The Harris Diploma in Teaching and Leadership

The Harris Diploma in Teaching and Leadership (HDTL) is an opportunity to bring high quality leadership development, training and resources to new and relatively new education leaders. It is for anyone with leadership responsibility who hasn’t previously undertaken formal leadership development.

HDTL is a 12-15 month Level 3 apprenticeship programme based on the Team Leader/Supervisor Standard ST0384. It is tailored to fit the needs of leadership within schools, delivered in partnership with The Opportunity Group.


Subject-specific development

Each subject leader develops their own staff within their department, following these guiding principles.

  • Subject leaders are commissioned to lead and be responsible for the development of subject expertise of staff in their subject specialist areas.
  • Teacher development must include expanding expertise in the subject and supporting effective pedagogy. Subject leaders are expected to grow this learning environment and hunger for development within their departments.
  • Subject leaders must develop relationships with external expert organisations relevant to their field. This is crucial to ensuring the continuous development of teachers' expertise within the department.
  • Subject leaders should ensure teacher practice is grounded in a cyclic performance of action, evaluation and reflection.
  • Subject leaders should ensure the exposure to research-informed practice underpins pedagogical development in departments.

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Teachers have their own guiding principles that govern their development.

  • Domain-specific knowledge and expertise is the necessary foundation for teacher improvement.
  • Teacher exposure and engagement with informed practice and pedagogy is key to developing experts.
  • Teachers must understand the science of learning and the components that make up this body of pedagogical knowledge.
  • Teachers should be familiar with researched-informed practice considering their use and appropriateness for their area of expertise.
  • Teachers are expected to foster and provide a challenging atmosphere and environment for themselves and our students.

Theory Applied Practice (TAP) workshops

Staff development chart 2As teachers, we should be continually updating our knowledge to ensure our students acquire knowledge. We provide training focused on three domains:

  • Cognitive knowledge
  • Subject knowledge
  • Pedagocial knowledge.

We provide training in the form of workshops, departmental discussions and reading and expect that all teachers have secure knowledge on the following evidence-based research practices within cognitive science:

  • The science of learning
  • The cognitive load theory
  • Dual coding
  • Practice: retrieval practice; spaced practice; interleaving; elaboration

Staff should also ensure their delivery of subject content is challenging and of high quality by having excellent knowledge of:

  • The most important substantive and disciplinary knowledge in their domain
  • The misconceptions that students may have and how to challenge them
  • Good pedagogy and understanding of classroom delivery
  • The differences in learning and the retention of knowledge between novices and experts

Our research-based workshops are linked to supportive texts and current literature. Click HERE to see an example of our workshops.

We also offer a reading pack which supports the development of our TAP workshops. We expect all teacher to actively engage with the literature and participate in departmental discussions about its implications for the classroom.

‘Teachers with greater content knowledge have higher levels of pedagogical content knowledge, which itself leads to great attention to cognitive activation in their teaching’. Baumert (2010)

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The Good to Great Programme

This programme is intended for consistently good teachers who have the potential and capacity to develop into expert teachers and leaders beyond the classroom.

The programme will examine the latest evidence-based research about effective learning and how this can be used to inform classroom practice. Teachers on this programme will have the opportunity to engage with current literature, carry out a academy-focused project and deliver training. It will also look at how leaders in the classroom can influence the quality of teaching and learning across the academy by conducting learning walks, identifying areas of development and providing radically candid and constructive feedback to teachers at all levels.

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