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14/11/19

Retweetd From Harris Federation

Two Harris academies celebrated their official openings in Thurrock last week - opened its new building and marked the start of its 'exciting journey'. https://t.co/PEBSXTZ2ju

13/11/19

Join us on 20th November 5.30-7.30pm at , for our joint Sixth Form Open Evening, to explore Sixth Form courses & see how we can kick-start your future! Our Sixth Form Open Evening is 5th December 5-7pm - meet the teachers, speak with students and view facilities. https://t.co/Z6KqtXzoYB

12/11/19

Come along to the Information Event and find out how can help you achieve your career in teaching. https://t.co/FAfHxlmJeU

11/11/19

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We Will Remember Them.

07/11/19

Yesterday, our Academy was officially opened! This marks the start of our exciting journey which we are proud to share with our students and the community. Thank you to our special guests who attended, including Lord and Lady Harris, and Sir Moynihan. https://t.co/70S4m59z0h

06/11/19

We are so proud of our Choir's public performance today at our official opening, in front of Lord and Lady Harris, Sir Dan Moynihan, and many other important guests. A wonderful afternoon to celebrate a wonderful start to our Harris journey. https://t.co/LahxQ9mmVg

05/11/19

Mock Examinations are currently underway for our Year 11 students. Please make sure to regularly check the following page, for Year 11 information updates: https://t.co/mFFR88DgIv

04/11/19

Retweetd From University of Essex

Pupils from immediately got to work discussing themes of intolerance and discrimination at workshops. If you came to our induction day, why not share your photos of your creative project with us? https://t.co/kFkNq6YHRi https://t.co/yavcyKOGQJ

18/10/19

We have completed our first half term! Follow the link to read our first ever Newsletter, packed full of activities and accomplishments. https://t.co/Z8Lq8LnSt2 Students will be back on Monday 4th November - have a great two weeks!

17/10/19

Our House Points system is now up and running! Current stats: Cook=5, Newton=11, Pullen=3, Strike=3, Tovey=26, Tudor=6, Wallace=21, Whitlock=4 Olivia, Year 7, recently won a Geography competition giving Tovey the lead! Points will be updated weekly on our website's homepage.

17/10/19

Congratulations! Great game👏

16/10/19

Today is ! We offer students a wide variety of food, inspired by cultures from around the world. Every day, students have the opportunity to expand their food horizons with nutritious and healthy meals. Here's an example menu from our canteen! https://t.co/SO4iVWYy9G

14/10/19

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time" - Thomas Edison Our Pre-Public Exams have started today and we would like to wish our students the best of luck during this time. We believe in you all. 👏 https://t.co/NIZJKNTyZK

10/10/19

Here at Harris Academy Ockendon, we are a community. Be kind to yourself, your friends and others around you. A smile and a chat goes a long way. 🗣️ If something is troubling you, remember to tell a staff member; we are all here to help. 🙌 https://t.co/RhR4SnX0xW

08/10/19

Today, have been delivering an outstanding "WW1 Battlefield Medicine" workshop for our Year 10 History students. Students have been fully immersed in the action; a fantastic way to remember key facts and details. https://t.co/9x2Mq2O0iM

07/10/19

We have an extensive programme of Enrichment activities, available for all year groups. From Breakfast Club to Rock School, there is something for every student. View our timetable of activities here: https://t.co/L5Y1xTmeVx

04/10/19

If you would like to book your place on a Principal Tour, please visit our website for details. https://t.co/Gl2JdNT29j We look forward to meeting you!

04/10/19

If you could not attend our Open Evening, we are keen to offer parents and families the chance to view our facilities, meet our teachers and see students engaged in their lessons. Our Principal is conducting tours on the 10th and 17th October, both at 9am.

04/10/19

Thank you to all of the families who joined us for our Open Evening last night. We hope to welcome many of you into our Academy community from September! We are especially proud of our student helpers during the evening, who conducted themselves maturely and responsibly.

03/10/19

We are looking forward to inviting families into our Academy this evening from 4.30pm to 7.00pm. Our students are eager to show you our fantastic facilities and talented staff! We're excited to show you the range of opportunities and experiences we can offer every student. https://t.co/c2XmHmlkAW

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Learning and Teaching

Harris Academy Ockendon provides an exciting, personalised learning curriculum, which supports and challenges all our students.

Our expectations are deeply rooted in a belief that all students can succeed. To achieve this, learning is at the heart of everything we do. Our staff are experts and focus on how students can be challenged and supported to master the powerful knowledge they need to be the very best they can academically and to help them develop the skills and attributes required to thrive and have successful and happy lives.

We ensure that all teaching and support staff have access to the highest quality training programmes to provide the most innovative and cutting-edge learning opportunities for every student. 

Our teaching approach is based around the Six Principles of Teaching. It forms the basis for all CPD and accountability in the academy.

 

Principles of ‘better practice’

So that…

1. High expectations of Learning Behaviour

  • Routines and effective classroom management
  • Consistent application of behaviour policy
  • Promote active participation not compliance
  • Reinforcing effort and providing recognition
  • Minimal valuable lesson time is wasted dealing with low-level disruption
  • Students can think hard about their learning free from distraction
  • All students are engaged in thinking about key learning
  • Students understand the connection between effort and achievement

2. Quality of Instruction

  • Highly effective explanations
  • Clearly defined outcomes
  • New knowledge is founded upon old knowledge
  • Teachers model excellence and how to achieve it
  • So that students quickly grasp key ideas
  • Students have complete clarity around what they are learning and what success looks like
  • Students can learn new ideas by reference to ideas they already know
  • Students know what excellence looks like as well as how to achieve it

3. Subject Mastery

  • Exam specification expertise
  • Misconceptions are planned for and addressed
  • Comprehensive understanding of curriculum
  • Promote and uphold the highest standards of literacy
  • Students are successful in examinations
  • Students overcome common misconceptions
  • Teachers can confidently teach to the top
  • Students read, write and speak with fluency and accuracy

4. Making it Stick

  • Making connections between underlying concepts
  • Regular low stakes testing
  • Practise deliberately
  • Learning is interleaved
  • Students can make links across key subject skills
  • Students can embed learning into their long-term memory
  • Students can develop fluency and accuracy in key skills
  • Students revisit material in a way which promotes long term memory

5. Adaptive teaching

  • Support and scaffold in lesson for the less able
  • Pitch high every lesson
  • Adapts teaching as needs emerge
  • Developed understanding of Special Educational Needs in the classroom
  • Students can access the learning they are doing
  • Students are challenged to exceed expectation
  • All students make exceptional progress
  • All students with SEND make exceptional progress

6. Effective feedback

  •  Timely feedback to maximise learning
  • Formative assessment is embedded throughout a lesson
  • Comments are specific, accurate and clear
  • Time to reflect and act upon feedback
  • Students can swiftly unlock further learning
  • Teachers know which topics to re-teach that were not grasped first time
  • Student actions are refocused or redirected to achieve a goal
  • Students are self-regulated learners