Durrington High School

Going beyond our best

The Durrington Multi Academy Trust (DMAT)


Our children have one chance at an excellent education. It is the core purpose of the Durrington Multi Academy Trust (DMAT) schools and staff to ensure that whatever their starting point, every single child in our community is equipped to embrace the opportunities and challenges that life and growing up in the 21st Century present. We take our responsibility of transforming life chances very seriously.

We have a clear and ambitious vision for education that is based on a proven track record of success, experience and skills, embodied within an established team of staff. We are committed to working collaboratively with other schools to bring about the following outcomes:

  • Ensuring excellence from all, for all
  • Transforming the life chances of young people and their community
  • Raising aspirations by believing that, together, we can all achieve beyond our expectations.

In order to deliver these outcomes, we offer a range a support and training services to other schools, details of which can be found in this booklet.   This strand of our work runs alongside the work of the ‘Durrington Research School’, which offers training and support for school on how best to use the most recent research evidence to improve teaching and learning.

We look forward to working with you.

Sue Marooney

CEO Durrington Multi-Academy Trust

Our approach to professional learning

As a Research School, we are committed to ensuring we provide school-led support for using research evidence to improve teaching practice.

The Research Schools Network is collaboration between the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Institute for Effective Education (IEE) with the aim of creating a network of schools that support the use of evidence to improve teaching practice.

This puts us in a unique position as a provider of training and support. All of our programmes are put together using a blend of the most up-to-date educational research as well as the wisdom and experience of school leaders and teachers with a track record of success behind them.  This includes:

  • Shaun Allison – Director of the Durrington Research School and author of a number of educational books including, ‘Perfect Teacher Led CPD’ and the award winning, ‘Making Every Lesson Count’.
  • Chris Woodcock – Deputy Head at Durrington High School. Chris’ specialist areas are leadership, inclusion, whole-school behaviour, school systems, PP and data.
  • Chris Runeckles – Assistant Director of the Durrington Research School. Chris’ areas of interest are mobilising the research evidence to help teachers improve their classroom practice.
  • Fran Haynes – Assistant Director of the Durrington Research School. Fran’s area of interest is whole-school literacy and team improvement.
  • Andy Tharby – Research Lead at the Durrington Research School and co-author of the award winning ‘Making Every Lesson Count’. Andy’s area of interest is helping teachers to use cognitive science to improve their teaching.

These key members of staff will lead some of the programmes and support our subject specialist staff to deliver high impact support and training.


Learning Leadership Programme

This is a three term, focused development programme aimed at early career teachers and associate staff who are aspiring or new to middle leadership. We will cover a range of topics that are key to becoming successful middle leaders in school, through a combination of research evidence, discussion and sharing of best practice.

Throughout the programme, delegates will be encouraged to reflect on their own practice and consider how to implement the ideas from each session into their own setting, with a view to developing themselves as leaders. Whilst there will no formal tasks to be completed between sessions, we will expect a level of reflection and feedback.

Venue: Durrington Research Centre

Time: 4pm-6pm

Cost: £395 per delegate (for all 8 sessions)

Led by: Shaun Allison & Chris Woodcock

Bookings can be made here

Alternatively please contact Lisa Edwards on ledwards4@durring.com


Focused Leadership Programme

This programme is designed to follow on from the ‘Learning Leadership Programme’. The programme is designed for new leaders who are focusing in on a specific area of school leadership and aspiring to senior leadership in the next few years. Participants are encouraged to opt into one or more of the strands below according to their role, area of interest or development needs. Some areas are more focused on teachers as leaders and others will be valuable to both teaching and associate staff.

The training will involve expert input, discussions and reflection. We will ensure that the training is personalised to the needs of individuals and enable them to identify and then quickly address a key issue that is specific to their role or school needs.

Each strand will be led by a very experienced and successful senior leader. There will be the opportunity to interact with the course leader as part of continued communication and development in between the sessions

Venue: Durrington Research Centre

Time: 4pm-6pm

Cost: £195 per delegate per strand (3 sessions per strand)

Bookings can be made here

Alternatively please contact Lisa Edwards on ledwards4@durring.com

One-to-one support via email/and direct conversations will be available to participants to ensure they gain the most from the course. It is anticipated that, as this is a leadership development course, candidates will commit to some work between sessions if they want to see maximum impact.


Networking – Secondary Subject Network Workshops

The 2014 Sutton Trust Report ‘What Makes Great Teaching?’ puts ‘pedagogical content knowledge’ top of the list in terms of attributes that manifest in the best teachers:

“The most effective teachers have deep knowledge of the subjects they teach, and when teachers’ knowledge falls below a certain level it is a significant impediment to students’ learning. As well as a strong understanding of the material being taught, teachers must also understand the ways students think about the content, be able to evaluate the thinking behind students’ own methods, and identify students’ common misconceptions.

With this in mind, we are offering subject specific network opportunities for secondary school teachers that will focus on two core aspects of teaching the new GCSE specifications:

  • What are the challenges of the new GCSE specification in your subject – in terms of teaching content, curriculum design and assessment?
  • How can subject teams in schools work collaboratively to address these areas?

For the second bullet point, we will examine how the six evidence informed pedagogical principles from ‘Making every lesson count’ by Shaun Allison & Andy Tharby, can be successfully implemented within each GCSE subject.

Please click on the subject choice below to book your place

Media Studies – 13 November 2017

Mathematics – 15 November 2017

Physics – 23 November 2017

Chemistry – 29 November 2017

Geography – 6 December 2017

History – 10 January 2018

PE – 23 January 2018

Drama – 2 February 2018

Alternatively please contact Lisa Edwards on ledwards4@durring.com

Venue: Durrington Research Centre

Time: 10am – 3pm

Cost: No charge


Primary Subject Network Workshops

We will also offer sessions for primary school teachers (KS2) that will focus on improving subject content knowledge, alongside how to teach this content effectively – with a focus on how to ensure challenge and that misconceptions are addressed.

As there are three sessions to this programme, we can make them bespoke to your needs by carrying out an initial audit of needs during session 1 and using this to plan sessions 2 and 3.;

Please click on the subject choice below to book your place

Science – session 1: 18 October 2017, session 2 16 January 2018, session 3 19 April 2018

Mathematics – session 1: 12 October 2017, session 2: 25 January 2018, session 3: 22 March 2018

PE – session 1: 19 October 2017, session 2: 6th February 2018, session 3: 28 March 2018

Dance – session 1: 1 November 2017, session 2: 21 February 2018, session 3: 21 March 2018

Alternatively please contact Lisa Edwards on ledwards4@durring.com

Venue: Durrington Research Centre

Time: 4pm – 6pm

Cost: £95 per delegate (3 x 2 hours sessions)


School Based Masters Programme

We have developed a bespoke school based masters programme in partnership with University of Brighton.

Why pursue a masters?

  1. We need to grow and develop into an evidence-informed profession that is aware of and engaged with research. Following a masters programme facilitates this need.
  2. Successful leaders are reflective, well informed and aware of the wider educational landscape. Again, following a masters programme will provide you with access to this practice.
  3. You will be contributing to the wider development of your school by carrying out a research project that is explicitly linked to your own whole school priorities.
  4. It allows a more personalised approach to CPD, beyond the NQT year.

Year 1

Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)

  • 10-12 group sessions after school (at DHS, led by Dr Brian Marsh)
  • 1 whole day Saturday session (led by Dr Brian Marsh)
  • They would then need to write 2-3 essays, about 4000 words long
  • Worth 60 masters credits, so with their PGCE credits = 120 in total

Cost: £1800

Bookings can be made  here

Alternatively please contact Lisa Edwards on ledwards4@durring.com


Year 2

Masters in Education (MEd)

Started after successfully completing their Post Graduate Diploma in Education, for those that want to complete a masters.

Participants would carry out a significant research project, again linked to your own whole school priorities.

There would be 2-3 group sessions early in the year, followed by a number of 1 to 1 tutorials throughout the year (with a University of Brighton lecturer).

Worth another 60 masters credits, so with their PGDE credits (60) and their PGCE credits (60) = 180 in total.

Cost: £1800 per participant

Bookings can be made here

Alternatively please contact Lisa Edwards on ledwards4@durring.com



As well as training programmes, we can offer bespoke support packages for schools. This might include:

  • INSET days on a variety of topics, such as:
    • Developing an evidence informed approach to teaching
    • Improving whole school behaviour
    • Improving the performance of disadvantaged students.
  • School Self Evaluation
    • We can work with you to review your strengths and weaknesses as a school and then formulate an effective improvement plan.
  • Improving attendance
    • We will work alongside your staff to analyse your whole school attendance and then plan and implement an effective improvement plan.
  • A review and development of your school CPD programme.
    • How can you review your current CPD provision and develop a robust and effective CPD programme in your school?
    • Evaluating the impact of this CPD
  • Departmental Improvement work.
    • We will work with you to:
      • Identify the issues with any underperforming teams in your school
      • Plan and implement a rigorous department improvement programme to address the specific issues in the team.
      • Evaluate the impact of this work.


Contact us if you have a different need or focus and we will arrange bespoke support.

  • DHS has helped me find myself, by encouraging my work efforts. This has made me the person I am today. As a result I have realised I can achieve anything. I am now a more confident person, thanks to Durrington.