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Primary Assessment Consultation Outcomes - view from the classroom

It’s always amazing how one department can have such contrasting views on matters. Days after the primary assessment & accountability consultation closed - all the way back in October – Michael Gove was making comparisons between rising GCSE outcomes and Soviet economics ministers massaging the figures. He spoke about ministers “lying” to children about increases in grades awarded. With “comparable outcomes” rules, the department made clear that standards are not expected to rise at all at GCSE level except in exceptional circumstances.

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Switched on Computing - the launch!

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Pupil progress and rising floor targets

Maddy Barnes looks at how schools will manage to keep pace with rising floor targets in English whilst continuing to spin all of the other plates.

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The Gulf Education Forum through the eyes of our International Sales Manager

Thanks to Peter Oates, International Sales Manager at Rising Stars, for the latest international blog post.

I spent last week in Dubai attending the Gulf Education Forum and Educational Supplies and Solutions show. Having visited last year, we decided to exhibit this year, supported by BESA and a government grant from UK Trade and Investment (UKTI). The show likes to think of itself as BETT in the Middle East; although it’s still much smaller, it has been growing every year since it started seven years ago, and this year again saw increased attendances.

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How Switched on Computing has made teaching programming easier

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National Curriculum: Miles Berry on Computing

National Curriculum: Miles Berry on Computing Read more »

Celebrate World Book Day with a FREE eBook

Happy World Book Day! To celebrate World Book Day, we would like to offer all schools a FREE ebook - Dangerous Games: The Nightmare Knight - A recurring nightmare of Kojo's gives Sima an idea for a game set in a medieval castle. The trio travel back in time but soon Kojo is faced with re-living his nightmare over and over ....

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March Maths Challenge

In the National Curriculum children are supposed to work with multiples and factors from Year 4. However, multiples and factors are important elements of multiplication and division, so there is no reason why these words can’t be introduced to the children in earlier years. Activities like the one below, which is designed for children in Year 5, are helpful ways to practice multiplication and division facts for the tables that you are focussing on with your class. You simply need to use different labels and numbers!

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Using eBooks in school - tips for success!

Here at Rising Stars, we are committed to helping schools get started with eBooks. Steve Rowley, primary school teacher and ICT consultant at Birmingham City Learning Centre, has put together some handy guides on using eBooks in the classroom.

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The UK Hour of Code

During the Hour of Code every student and classroom can learn how fun coding is in just one hour. Are you ready to get your pupils coding?  Switched on Computing is written for the 2014 computing curriculum and we have two free units for you to try out here.

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