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Website downtime 26th November

Our website will be offline on Sunday 26th November for an essential maintenance update.  Read more »

Teaching Key stage 1 reading - Using John Lewis’s Moz the Monster to teach reading comprehension

Thanks to Shareen Mayers for creating these teaching resources and planning ideas. These reading resources and guidance for key stage 1 teachers that will support teachers with their teaching, learning and assessments.
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Breaking down barriers – Steps to promoting greater diversity in your primary History teaching

Bev argues that there should be more diversity with relation to disability in the teaching of History in schools Read more »

How Rushey Mead use PiRA, PUMA and Optional Tests to identify gaps in children's learning

We are a large inner-city school in Leicester with 630 pupils on roll, approximately 95% of whom speak English as an Additional Language.  These wide ranging starting points have made gap analysis through the use of accurate and reliable assessments paramount.

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2018 Assessment & Reporting Arrangements and Teacher Assessment Exemplification

This week the DfE have released teacher assessment exemplification materials for 2017/2018, guidance for the end of year KS1 and KS2 assessments, and guidance for assessing and reporting the early years foundation stage (EYFS) profile.

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Working with Book Aid International on the Thika Library Project

For many years, Rising Stars has worked closely with Book Aid International, a charity that provides books to communities and school libraries in Africa that are lacking these essential resources.

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Times tables matter - working towards multiplication mastery

Teacher and inspector John Dabell discusses why times tables matter and how to help children master them, by understanding what the numbers mean, 'seeing' the maths, and knowing how to apply their knowledge to a real-life purpose. Read more »

Website downtime 22nd October

Our website will be offline on Sunday 22nd October for an essential maintenance update.

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Implications for Teaching and Learning 2017

FREE analysis of pupil performance in the 2017 national tests - to help inform this year's teaching

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Meeting individuals needs and coordinating the inclusive teaching of maths

This post from teacher and inspector, John Dabell, addresses inclusive teaching of maths and meeting individual needs.

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