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19/10/21

Post 16 Information Evening – Thursday 4th November from 4pm to 6pm. See letter on our website for further information https://t.co/ob1pEQBMvK https://t.co/iHWUlgMhoV

15/10/21

At HAR we are committed to improving our school and the outcomes for each and every child. Therefore, we will be trailing a termly online survey for parents of KS3 pupils. Please find the link for our online questionnaire for you to complete. https://t.co/AEthfgwNws https://t.co/WNwMgXs22d

12/10/21

Please see our website for details of our half term intervention programme for Year 11 students https://t.co/aH4EdrwEga

07/10/21

Please see out website for information on the Year 11 mock examinations beginning on Monday 1st November https://t.co/3nik1tyQA7 https://t.co/rImJPm1DSD

28/09/21

Homework Information Evening Y7 - Tuesday 5th October 6pm to 7pm https://t.co/cO3YGycccU https://t.co/Shtq6PVX4q

14/09/21

Open Visit Event 2021-2022 See our website for full details https://t.co/rNy4bJwGzc... https://t.co/F9gB1NreUc

13/09/21

Open Visit Event 2021-2022 https://t.co/7dORZHT22D

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

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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.