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01/04/21

Fabulous revision resources can be found for Year 11 at the following link: https://t.co/DLqGHgEpxJ

01/04/21

Year 11 Easter Intervention Timetable https://t.co/BJnOaYYeJM

24/03/21

Change to Summer Term Inset Date https://t.co/PdD9b4lHIL

23/03/21

Year 11 Mock Examinations will begin on Monday 19th April. See website for timetable. https://t.co/noBzF2FFd7

19/03/21

Red Nose day is 19 March Mr Bridges has set himself an ambitious challenge, please have a look and donate if you can. https://t.co/q1SLB8dPlK... https://t.co/iLlAJy686z

18/03/21

Havering Local Authority will be providing free school meal funds for over Easter. For more see https://t.co/WksvMcYTjT

15/03/21

Red Nose day is 19 March Mr Bridges has set himself an ambitious challenge, please have a look and donate if you can. https://t.co/oznxmWK1WE https://t.co/Ka9pNjDzig

05/03/21

The latest edition of our HAR from Home Newsletter has been published on our website today. We hope you enjoy it. https://t.co/0je6shNLXn

05/03/21

Harris Academy Rainham has been accredited for transforming practice in Principled Curriculum Design within SSAT’s Framework for Exceptional Education. https://t.co/nHGdmhdmFF

04/03/21

Our fabulous Share a Story competition videos are now on the school website. https://t.co/BiuFyVB8Zk

03/03/21

.... This is to ensure we can maintain social distancing and year group bubbles for the safety of all children. There is a summary of the dates and timings for year groups attached - however you must refer to your letter when received for the exact time of arrival. https://t.co/cQUJSkNa3j

03/03/21

Parents/Carers will receive a letter in the post this week with full details on arrangements for returning to school and with the exact date and time for each individual child. Please note that children must only come to school at their allocated date and time... more

03/03/21

National Careers Week Day 3 https://t.co/JlfHc4LmP7

02/03/21

... and encouraging teens to start loving life, to become their very best self, with tips on how to stay cool under pressure and be determined and most importantly ‘happy’. Individuals will need to register in advance for this session via libraryevents.gov.uk

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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.