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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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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.