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23/07/21

See our website for the end of term Principal's letter https://t.co/ob1pEQBMvK

23/07/21

Sadly we are unable to host our annual exhibition of our wonderful GCSE Artwork. However, our Art Department have put together this lovely virtual exhibition so you can all still enjoy the beautiful art produced by our very talented students. https://t.co/UI8zGMRdzE...

16/07/21

Our team of y7 & y8 students competed against 20 schools in the Harris Federation KS3 Geog Quiz. Our students did exceptionally, scoring 82/90! and were only 4 points behind the winning schools. Congratulations to Connor, Elis, Ella, Joel and Phoebe for representing HAR so well! https://t.co/d6ZdDkSFe7

16/07/21

On Thursday, Year 9 and 10 athletes took part in the Federation sports day which is held at the National sports centre at Crystal Palace. For full story go to https://t.co/mjQ4E3T71N https://t.co/HU13Gg4pr7

14/07/21

The year 7's undertook a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) drop day on Friday. Students were able to speak to and question real life engineers, scientists and designers gaining an understanding of the education needed to go into these careers. https://t.co/NmLtUkioe0

14/07/21

Over 40 Y10 pupils successfully completed their Bronze DofE training. They learned basic first aid skills, how to use cooking equipment and cook a substantial meal, how to put up tents and how to map read https://t.co/sPLSMrKXNZ

05/07/21

Help us secure planning approval for our fantastic new Sixth Form for Rainham https://t.co/owt5iM6yIG

05/07/21

Retweetd From Harris Rainham PE

Under 15s come runners up in close final v in FIBA 3v3 tournament . Amazing day and event. MVP Maxwell https://t.co/URsclPVJcv

02/07/21

On Friday 2nd July, 30 Year 10 students were selected to take part in a careers event that looked at careers in nursing and other fields of the NHS. https://t.co/FMjKjdtAxq https://t.co/W286TDbmyo

29/06/21

Congratulations to Jordan Tayo (year 9) who is the overall bedrock winner for the spring term and will receive a £50 Amazon voucher https://t.co/nK5lhRlj6w

22/06/21

We are looking for our next Head Girl, Head Boy and Student Leadership Team https://t.co/HTvrXYuey8

22/06/21

So proud of our Year students on their Duke of Edinburgh qualifying expedition. https://t.co/mLYIx1Wuwg

17/06/21

Transition Event June 2021 As a result of the announcement of the Prime Minister on Monday evening regarding the extending of phase 3 of national lockdown by 4 weeks we have had to make the unfortunate decision to cancel our event. https://t.co/nLYXHydB7t

16/06/21

Please see our website for latest letter home from our Principal https://t.co/ob1pEQBMvK

15/06/21

Sign up to our Year 11 Headstart Programme. The aim of this programme is to keep our Y11 students actively engaged in subjects that they enjoy and are planning to choose for next year. https://t.co/JomRr5SCdO

11/06/21

Year 9 students preparing for their DoE expedition. Well done all. https://t.co/0cGjntq95r

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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.