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Learning & teaching

Teaching and Leaning is at the heart of everything we do at Thurso High School. Over the last 12 months we have been working to ensure good quality teaching across the school.

We have established a Research Lead (leadership at all levels) to take responsibility for engaging with published literature, EduTwitter and the ResearchEd magazine to be abreast of the latest research into the most effective teaching methodologies and what these look like in the classroom, and also to support the delivery of a whole school CPD programme ‘Becoming a more research informed teacher’ to focus on the use of scientifically proven effective teaching methods in sessions across the year.

CPD

CPD sessions have included delivering knowledge based learning including use of knowledge organisers across the school; strategies for effective learning such as retrieval practice, spaced practice, self-quizzing, ‘do now, activities; effective questioning for evaluating learning; cognitive load theory and its impact on teaching and learning.

The sessions planned focus is on effective feedback, Rosenshine principles of instruction, a planned peer observation and support programme to embed what we have learned this session into our practice and support peer collaborative learning. Also delivering knowledge based learning including use of knowledge organisers across the school; strategies for effective learning such as retrieval practice, spaced practice, self-quizzing, ‘do now' activities; effective questioning for evaluating learning; cognitive load theory and its impact on teaching and learning.

Staff have been very positive in their engagement with the CPD and in their follow up in faculty discussions and personal planning of teaching.

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Ormlie Road, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 7DS


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