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We get excited about what we do - talking to teachers, and authors, chatting with pupils and turning conversations and ideas into practical educational series. Find out more about our guest bloggers.

Exemplification material for writing and maths now published

The greatly anticipated exemplification material for English writing and mathematics has now been published by the Standards and Testing Agency. These documents serve to support accurate end-of-key-stage teacher assessment in 2016. Visit our assessment community website to download the exemplification materials and useful information on the assessment and reporting arrangements for this year.

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Internet Safety Day

Tuesday 9th February is Safer Internet Day!  Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.  Have a look at some of the resources available on the UK Safter internet centre and the list of tools and advice available from Switched on Computing.

 

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Introducing Rising Stars Assessment Bank!

Assessment is part of everyday life in primary schools and this isn’t limited to formal tests. Teachers are always on the lookout for reliable questions at their fingertips to put to children as they learn. Though school cupboards are full of old curriculum test questions, to ensure children are best prepared for the content and challenges of the new national tests, teachers told us they were looking for a quality-assured bank of new curriculum questions to aid teaching and learning. That’s why we created Rising Stars Assessment Bank!

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BETT 2016 – the UK’s biggest Teacher Focus Group!

You may be aware that at Rising Stars we hold several focus groups with teachers each term to gain feedback on how we can improve our resources and to generate ideas for new publishing that will make an impact on teaching and learning.

This is one of the reasons we love BETT so much, as it’s effectively the UK’s biggest focus group of teachers! We loved speaking with so many of you on our stand and getting such valuable feedback.

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It’s time to leave your old curriculum test questions behind

Thanks to our guest blogger and Deputy Head teacher Michael Tidd for the following article.

Where do you keep yours? We all have them somewhere, often hidden out of view, but ready to be pulled out and used at any moment.

I’m talking, of course, of old test papers. They’re usually stacked in a cupboard somewhere, often in increasingly-tatty boxes with hastily-scrawled labels on them. In many cases, there are papers there that are older than the children in our classrooms. Chances are, there’ll be at least one for which the mark scheme has long since disappeared.

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Introducing Switched on Minecraft!

Played by over 100 million users worldwide and loved by children across the UK, Minecraft provides teachers with an open-ended educational tool that can be used to engage children and enhance learning across all subjects.

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Effective teacher development for curriculum resources

Rising Stars and the Teacher Development Trust are delighted to launch a new partnership around great professional development to support the development of new curriculum resources for primary schools

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Our exciting collaboration with NAHT!

We are proud to have published Writing Assessment Tasks in consultation with NAHT, offering a set of engaging tasks to assess composition and technical writing skills. Find out more about this exciting new partnership on the blog!

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Rising Stars - Bett 2016

Rising Stars will be at Bett 2016 (20th-23rd January), stand C116. Make sure you visit the stand to have a chat with our friendly team, grab some FREE samples, and to see our latest resources! Read more »

16th December - Green Lizards vs Red Rectangles

It's the final lesson plan from our Rising Stars advent calendar! Today's lesson plan uses the very topical Green Lizards vs Red Rectangles, a brave and thought provoking book about war and peace.

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