Close

Download our FREE smartphone app today!

Get the app

Twitter

17/01/22

The Year 7 Parent Information Evening planned for tomorrow evening will not now be held on site. We have instead produced a video for parents which can be found on our website at https://t.co/3C7ySJvxvV

14/01/22

Please see below for details of the Lambs Lane closure from 21st January to 28th January 2022 https://t.co/aKtFxT5r22

14/01/22

Mrs Stanley, Mrs Gander and Miss Vella were blown away by the outstanding performance from the Thunder drama group last term! We were so proud to see so many of our fantastic students performing and committing their own time to the Arts! We thought you were all brilliant!

13/01/22

We are delighted to be offering a series of Challenge Seminars for Y10/11. These seminars will explore high-level subject content, skills and exam techniques for students who aspire to attain highly at GCSE. Please see the schedule below. https://t.co/1cOSKNwNbn

13/01/22

Reminder: The Year 7&8 parents’ evenings will take place between 4pm and 7pm on Thursday 27th January 2022. Book your appointments now via https://t.co/im8DdFpuXU Full details can be found under letters home on our website at https://t.co/ob1pEQBMvK

12/01/22

Calling all Harris Academy Rainham and The Chafford School alumni! We’re working with to bring our students together. Learn more: https://t.co/DHBsbq1Y0Q

11/01/22

A huge congratulations to the students involved in The Scholars Programme, who successfully completed a university-level programme of study. Following their essay submission, their lecturer commented on the outstanding level of academic writing that the students demonstrated. https://t.co/MhC40nFPuM

10/01/22

The Year 7&8 parents’ evenings will take place between 4pm and 7pm on Thursday 27th January 2022. See our website at https://t.co/ob1pEQBMvK for full details.

17/12/21

Wishing all our parents, carers, students and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Please enjoy our Christmas Performance here: https://t.co/csFvDwdGTk...

14/12/21

Reminder: year 11 virtual parents’ evenings will take place 4pm and 7pm on Weds 15th and Thurs 16th December. To book your appointments, please visit https://t.co/im8DdFpuXU For full details visit the letters home area of our website at https://t.co/ob1pEQBMvK

10/12/21

It is important to us that as a school we continue to receive feedback on your experiences and views. We value each piece of feedback we receive so if you have the time could you please follow the link for our online Autumn2 questionnaire. https://t.co/gQQMRBQ3I4 https://t.co/EZALyNvyTH

06/12/21

Please see our website for our Autumn 2 KS3 Parent Voice Letter and our 2021/22 KS3 Events Calendar https://t.co/ob1pEQBMvK

29/11/21

🎭The Year 11 GCSE Drama students were in full swing rehearsals last week preparing for their Component 1 Devising exam! 🎭 Mrs Stanley could not be more proud at how hard all her students are working and their passion and enthusiasm which they bring to each lesson. https://t.co/29DHajSEBm

25/11/21

Please see our website for a letter we have been asked to distribute to all parents/carers from Public Health Havering https://t.co/ob1pEQBMvK

19/11/21

Dear parents/carers, we are asking that all student bring a face covering to school from Monday 22nd November to wear in communal indoor areas while at school. Many thanks for your support.

18/11/21

Please see our website for a letter emailed home to all parents today https://t.co/ob1pEQBMvK

Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

Central Office

Bexley

Bromley

Clapham

Croydon

Greenwich

Haringey

Havering

Merton

Newham

Southwark

Sutton

Thurrock

Wandsworth

Westminster

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.