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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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Come along to our FREE Assessment Bank webinar

Assessment Bank is a really simple test builder for the new curriculum which includes 1000s of questions for reading, GPS, maths and science for Years 1 to 6.

On 12th October at 4pm (BST), we're running a FREE Assessment Bank webinar to show you just how easy it is to search questions and create tests for your class.

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How to use the bar model to help all children to problem solve

When learning how to write and interpret stories, knowledge of story structure is key. If a reader or writer has a deep knowledge of these basic plots, they’ll be much better equipped to understand and construct their own. One cannot write a great mystery story without a sound knowledge of the structure of a mystery story!

Parallels can be drawn to the subject of maths where there are several basic underlying structures that are based on the idea of the relationship between a whole and its parts. Two or more parts, when combined, make a whole. Basic structures begin with additive reasoning and then progress through to multiplicative reasoning. Once you know the structure, you can solve the problem! Read more »

9 things you need to know about writing assessment at KS1 and KS2

Following the DfE’s response to the assessment consultation this September, we asked  English and assessment adviser Shareen Mayers to share her thoughts on the changes to the teacher assessment framework for writing at key stages 1 and 2.

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