Teachmeet – a good example

Last Thursday we hosted our fifth annual TeachMeet.  We were delighted to welcome Tim Brighouse as our key note speaker – his wit and wisdom got the event off to a brilliant start


Tim’s key messages:


Teachers really matter – they make a difference to young people, day in and day out.


The variation in terms of the difference teachers make is much greater within schools, than it is between different schools.  So we need to be focusing our efforts on developing all of our teachers, with a view to reducing any variation in teacher quality within our schools.


This data suggests that a large number of teachers are reluctant to change, in order to be more efficient.  Leaders need to grow a culture within their schools, where teachers feel safe to try new things and there is the opportunity to learn new teaching strategies.  That said, it’s easy to understand why teachers with a track record of success will be reluctant to change what works for them – so don’t try to make them.


Does this describe your school?  If not, why not?  What are you going to do to grow a culture like this in your school?


Use this to plan the changes you are going to make in your school – with a particular focus on the changes that are low effort and high impact i.e. changes that can be easily put into place, but will make a significant difference to the professional growth, quality of teaching and therefore the progress of students in your school.

Tim finished by encouraging all of us to download this powerpoint, print off the quotes and put them on the wall in our staffroom.

The Presentations

tm16tharbyPresentations can be downloaded, using the links below.

  1. Andy Tharby, DHS5 habits to create and sustain a culture of practice’
  2. Martha Boyne and Emily Clements, The Angmering School New teachers: don’t just survive, thrive!”
  3. Pauline Gaston, Oathall CC  Warm Welcomes, Engaging Exits
  4. James Walton, Hazelwood School, “The power of Yeti learning
  5. Matt Perks, University of Southampton “Venn and the art of categorisation maintenance
  6. Mike Allen, Chamberlayne College  “15 Minute Forum – The Marginal Gains Approach To CPD
  7. Martyn Simmonds, DHS  “The importance of Thinking Hard’


During the interval the ‘Proto Restaurant Group’ served up a magnificent paella.  Colleagues gave a donation to the ‘Love your hospital’ charity.


  1. Emma Modder, Rydon Community College “Using Office Mix to film lessons to use in class, homework and flipped learning”
  2. Jason Ramasami, Sion School “Felix baumgartner’s Jump”
  3. David Rogers, Patcham High School, ‘Great geography teachers change the world’
  4. Ben Crockett, DHS “Case Study Diagrams: Knowledge Retention
  5. Chris Misselbrook, Shoreham Academy “STEP questioning model – Improve students’ verbal and written responses
  6. James Gardner, Gildredge House,  “Starting from Scratch, or How to Reinvent Your Department Without Getting Sacked.”
  7. Jack Griffiths, Durrington High School ‘How can we get students to be better at evaluating their work?’

Graham Newell closed the evening, talking about the importance of teacher efficacy i.e. teachers’ confidence in their ability to improve student learning.  This grows when teachers  take control of their own professional development, reflect on their own practice, try things out in the classroom and then see the fruits of their efforts, when their students achieve well. How are teachers doing this?

  • Attending teachmeets.
  •  Engaging with colleagues from around the world on twitter and through blogs.
  • Watching their peers and themselves teach, with the use of IRIS – and then talking about it…lots!




I will paste blogs or information from Teach meets here – if you think I have missed a great one let me know! Tim.


Last Thursday saw our fourth annual TeachMeet at Durrington High School.  As always, it was a fantastic evening.  A great demonstration of the appetite of teachers for sharing and collaboration – exactly what teachmeets should be about.

tmdd3The evening got off to a great start with David Didau.  David asked us to challenge our assumptions about teaching and learning – something that he is very good at.  He discussed the fact that many of the things that actually make a difference to learning are counter-intuitive – so need us to think about and change our own practice.  He unpicked the difference between learning and performance, the need for desireable difficulties and what we can do about it.  His presentation can be downloaded here.


The Presentations:

Kate Bloomfield – The best revision guide…ever – @tennisbloom

Kate discussed the fact that there was no need to spend loads of money on revision guides that weren’t personalised to students and often weren’t detailed enough.  Students should be shown that the best revision guide is actually their exercise book.

Download the presentation here

David Rogers – Why teachers should be more like Che Guevara: What research has told me about our school – @davidErogers

In his own inimitable style, David discussed how we should be brave enough to find out what works in our schools….and then just do it.

Download the presentation here

Michelle Kelly & Denise Chick – PARIS anyone? Parents and reading in school

Michelle & Denise discussed the importance of reading and what they are doing in their school to involve the whole school community to develop it.

Download the presentation here

Helen Davis – Getting gritty: How to foster resilience and a growth mindset in your students – @Tigercrawl

Helen discussed what grit and resilience was, why it was so important and what we can do to develop it with our students.

Download the presentation here

James Walton – We know we’re not the All Blacks…but it doesn’t stop us thinking like them! Learning dispositions that grow successful teams – @MrJPWalton

James used his experience of coaching a young sports team to explore how we can develop leadership and resilience in young people.

Download the presentation here

Mark AndersonI.T.’s about time@ICTEvangelist

Whilst Mark was unable to join us on the night, he asked twitter a question ‘ It’s about time….’  The responses were collated into this thought provoking montage.

Download the presentation here

Jason Ramasami – The art of subtraction: When you remove just the right thing in just the right way, something good usually happens – @jasonramasami

A really important and timely message from Jason – rather than persisting with a culture of addition in schools, asking more and more of staff and students, why don’t we look at what we can take away?

Download the presentation here

David Fawcett – 3 Questions – @davidfawcett27

David explored how we can best prepare our students for exams – by looking at the idea of metacognition.

Download the presentation here

Hannah Townsend – The growth mindset teacher – @s0803060

Hannah has been undertaking a research project this year, looking at what a growth mindset teacher looks like.  This presentation was a summary of her findings.

Download the presentation here

Helen Pengelly – Cultivating mindfulness in the classroom – @hdiamondcoach

Helen reminded us of the  need to look after ourselves as teachers – and did so by getting us to meditate for 3 minutes!

Download the presentation here

Lee Reid – There’s no such thing as low level disruption – @DrLReid

Lee discussed how he ensures that his classroom is calm and orderly at all times – and why this is so important.

Download the presentation here

Andy Tharby – The hidden magic of story telling – @atharby

Andy talked about the importance of story telling in teaching and why it is a key part of effective teacher explanation.

Download the presentation here

Matt Perks – The ‘My best question’ challenge – @dodiscimus

Matt discussed the importance of effective questioning and how he encourages his trainee teachers to think about and plan the ‘big questions’

Download the presentation here

James Gardner – Does takeaway homework work? – @langnut

James has been trialling takeaway homework this year – and his presentation was an honest evaluation of how this had gone so far.

Download the presentation here

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