Cognitive Load Theory in Practice

This academic year we are paying particular attention to understanding the principles of Cognitive Load Theory (that emerged from the work of John Sweller) and are carefully considering how this can be applied in the classroom to maximise students’ learning. Drawing on the NSW’s Cognitive Load in Practice in particular, members of the Ped Team…

Vintage

Rolled up snow wash jeans, Adidas pumps, white socks, floppy fringes and terraces inspired shell suit jackets: our sixth formers seem to be resurrecting 80s casual in 2017. It feels easy to dismiss such fashionista recycling not as post- modern bricolage, but hackneyed and unoriginal. Could the same be said of that stereotypical “I’ve seen…

Our Finest Hour

Warning: this blog contains more than one Churchill quote. The start of the half term holiday saw myself and a few colleagues with 34 Year 10 students on a residential trip in Normandy, exploring sites linked to William the Conqueror. We also made an obligatory visit to one of the D Day museums in Arromanches…

Collaboration…

At Heathfield, collaboration is at the core of what we do. As teachers, time can be precious; sharing our thoughts and practice is essential to improving the learning experience for our students. Outstanding teaching, learning and assessment is vital when raising the outcomes for our learners and at Heathfield we have 4 key ‘pillars’ to…