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25/02/21

See our website for the lastest update on reopening in March. https://t.co/ob1pEQBMvK

25/02/21

Beautiful work from Elis Latifi in year 8. Well done Elis. What an incredible drawing. https://t.co/rPGZIY0tWc

25/02/21

For all you budding Paul Hollywoods and Mary Berrys! https://t.co/yek3iS4ZQQ

12/02/21

The latest edition of our HAR from Home Newsletter (Edition 3) has been published today. See https://t.co/TWXSKs8WuY... Wishing everyone a happy and safe half term.

12/02/21

Don't forget to visit our 'Reading at Home' pages over the half term to find resources to help catch up with your reading. https://t.co/8459Lzj1Gf https://t.co/SjeoOiFVJP

12/02/21

Free Family Learning Courses https://t.co/MYpLstf8ZP https://t.co/rCnTTzJG1I

12/02/21

Charles Darwin Day 12th February https://t.co/5B18IJFISP https://t.co/rn7pg9Ie3j

11/02/21

Please note that tomorrow is a PHSE day for years 7,8,9 and 10. Your child will have been sent Teams' invitations for the sessions running tomorrow. Year 11 will have their normal lessons as per their timetables.

11/02/21

International Day of Girls and Women in Science Watch this video - https://t.co/Q9MfLonvPj https://t.co/UQf5flgfUU

09/02/21

HAR From Home Newsletter - Virtual Valentine https://t.co/zzDLkCqojp

09/02/21

Harris Academy Rainham Sixth Form Consultation is now live on our website at https://t.co/ob1pEQBMvK

05/02/21

Our new newsletter for 'The Rainham Experience' has been published today. It is packed full of academic opportunities for students to help achieve their full potential. Have a look at https://t.co/mmd3zdyNM8

05/02/21

A truly fabulous piece of work by Ava Musham Year 8. Well done Ava. We are all very proud of you. https://t.co/7Pg7O0hofr

05/02/21

See our website for some incredible academic opportunities. Predominantly aimed at Years 10 and 11 but other year groups may also be interested. https://t.co/V8G8QlfMeY

04/02/21

We have published our first Health & Wellbeing (Safeguarding) Newsletter today. Please see our website at https://t.co/1aCClqIzbO

03/02/21

Well done to all those fabulous students engaging with our Reading at Home initiative! . Chapters 1-4 of Alice in Wonderland are available now and the story gets better & better. Stay tuned and keep reading!” https://t.co/8459Lzj1Gf

02/02/21

This week is Children’s Mental Health Week with this year’s theme being ‘Express Yourself’. Please see here: https://t.co/uriIjqNkaN

29/01/21

The second edition of the HAR from Home Newsletter has been published today. See our website at https://t.co/83C2NtfRsL

27/01/21

Holocaust Memorial Day 27th January 2021 Harris Academy Rainham invites all our parents, students and friends to join us in marking Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 at home this year. https://t.co/44UrfNS7DV

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Professional Learning

At Harris Academy Rainham we want our students to engage with the greatest that has been thought and said and to strive for greatness themselves. In order to embed this ethos, our teachers need to keep up-to-date with current literature, teaching pedagogy and subject advances. In order to achieve this, we have the following opportunities for our staff.


Theory Aligned Practice (TAP) workshops

These weekly workshops link with our Academy’s learning principles:

  • Students think hard
  • Students grasp new ideas
  • Students embed learning in their long-term memory
  • Students address gaps and misconceptions
  • Students are curious and thirsty for learning

We base our training around a recommended book and deliver workshops which allow our teachers to experience current literature, engage in debate and try new strategies in their classroom to maximise challenge, memory retention and curiosity within our students. For example, we have based a workshop around the cognitive science book Why Don’t Students Like School? by Daniel Willingham. Examples of recent sessions include the following.

  • People are naturally curious, but we are not naturally good thinkers. How do we create the optimal conditions for students to ‘think hard’?
  • ‘Imagination is more important that knowledge’- a session disagreeing with Einstein.
  • Memory is the residue of thought, so how can we get students to remember something?
  • How can we cheat the limited capacity of students’ long-term memory?
  • How can I incorporate practice into my lessons? What sort of practice best supports the acquisition of knowledge into students’ long-term memory?

Teachers book club

Learning is a never-ending cycle. Everyone always has something to learn. With this in mind, we have a teaching book club. A book is chosen by our lead practitioners and all members of staff are encouraged to sign up. This year already we have 26 members of staff (teaching and non-teaching) involved in our book club. Books we have read include, for example, Boy’s Don’t Try? by Matt Pinkett. We are all very excited to meet as a group to discuss our thoughts and feelings from the books we read. We will then work as a team to explore ideas and embed strategies within our Academy relating to this book, ensuring that we have a whole school impact.

We also provide other fantastic research and books for our teachers to explore. We have an expanding teaching library where teachers can sign out books. This is found in our new professional learning room - a purposeful space for meetings, feedback and small group T&L sessions.