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24/03/20

Be an excellent geographer! https://t.co/tQMWEU64D5

24/03/20

Retweetd From Harris Federation

Please get in touch if you are able to help. We want to get this off the ground as soon as poss, to help families who are hungry or in need.

24/03/20

Retweetd From Harris Federation

PLEASE RETWEET: with 36,000 families at our schools in London and Essex, we want to supply food parcels for those in need (on top of free school meals which we’re already doing). We’ll fully fund this but URGENTLY need a supermarket chain to help.

24/03/20

Retweetd From Harris Rainham PE

Day 4. Either use your name or follow the exercises for R. A. I. N. H. A. M. Good luck https://t.co/NFnq4CwBU6

23/03/20

Year 7-10 students should still continue with their Bedrock Vocobulary obligations. A minimum of 4 lessons to be completed by 30th March 2020. If you have forgotten your login details, please email n.burt.org.uk to request this. Thank you

18/03/20

Year 9 Parents/Carers - please see letter regarding partial closure of the Academy for Year 9 students https://t.co/codpq9UELN

16/03/20

Retweetd From Harris Rainham PE

All fixtures are postponed until further notice. However all pe clubs remain on!!

16/03/20

The parent drop in sessions scheduled for 17th and 24th March regarding changes to the Academy day have been postponed. We will reschedule as soon as possible.

13/03/20

Coronavirus Update 13th March 2020 https://t.co/gkdwhcbdgc

13/03/20

Bedrock Vocabulary reminder https://t.co/ih2Cv6sUkc

13/03/20

Reminder to all Year 7 and 8 students/parents/carers. Deadline date for passing a quiz on a reading book at your Lexile measure is FRIDAY 27th MARCH 2020. Thank you https://t.co/lSQf075wG9

12/03/20

Due to current circumstances we have decided to postpone Parents Evening tonight for Y7/8. Re-scheduled for 23rd Apr 2020 Y8 & 2nd July Y7 & 8. If you wish to discuss your child’s progress before these dates please contact the Academy and we will arrange an appointment for you.

12/03/20

Excellent work Team PE! https://t.co/u61X4TWFsJ

12/03/20

Well done boys! https://t.co/cCGveqJj54

11/03/20

Students are really enjoying the activities for British Science Week. Not sure about Mr Stananought though! https://t.co/jaLsCYbkXg

06/03/20

Well done to our Geography Department and students for participating in the Antarctic flags programme to help celebrate Antarctica day. Our flags have been celebrated in Antarctica. https://t.co/2p9hpJkWlo

06/03/20

Retweetd From HarrisSchoolDirect

Our tutor team are out and about in academies today and just come across this lovely library at https://t.co/MERLxh7SMv

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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.