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The DfE's vision for schools in England - Educational Excellence Everywhere

The Department for Education have today (17th March 2016) released a white paper setting out their vision for schools in England, titled Educational Excellence Everywhere.
The paper outlines two distinct parts to this goal.

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Doubled sports funding for primary - Is your school making the best use of the PE and Sport Premium Funding?

Did you know that the PE and sport premium budget will be increased from £160 million to £320 million for primary schools as a result of the 2016 budget? This is a result of the estimated £520 million raised from a levy on soft drinks to tackle childhood obesity and which will be used in part to support this extra funding.

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Switched on Computing in action - We are app planners, Unit 6.1

This month, Sarah Brown from Wilbraham Primary School in Manchester, has shared with us the Switched on Computing work her Year 6 pupils have been doing.  They have been planning an app using Mozilla Appmaker for Unit 6.1 'We are app planners'. 

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British Science Week Activity Pack

British Science Week is taking place 11-20 March. This is a fantastic opportunity to get your children involved in some really practical science activities!

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The go-to place for news and advice on primary assessment

During this time of unprecedented change, would you value a free site dedicated to sharing the latest information on primary assessment? Then join the tens of thousands of other teachers who rely on the Rising Stars Assessment Community Site for up-to-date information from the DfE and Ofsted, as well as useful advice from our network of advisory teachers.

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We're all talking about writing

Many schools have told us that they are concerned about the new Expected Standard for writing and the implications for teaching, so we asked two of our curriculum and assessment experts to share their feedback.

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Helping children develop a secure understanding of fractions

There are certain prerequisites for children to develop a solid understanding of fractions. In this really helpful article, Deputy Head Nick Hart offers guidance on how to establish a foundation of knowledge and ensure children have a secure start in the basics of fractions!

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Practical tips for delivering fluency in multiplication tables

Our maths adviser Caroline Clissold explains more about the new multiplication check and gives you some really practical advice on how to help children gain fluency in the multiplication and division facts that they need to know!


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Congratulations to the winner of our Writing Competition!

Back in the autumn term, the Rising Stars Assessment team ran a writing competition to celebrate the launch of Writing Assessment Tasks, published in consultation with NAHT. We encouraged schools to download free Year 6 sample tasks and to send us their children’s completed composition pieces. We were looking for imaginative and creative stories that met all of the expectations outlined in the accompanying mark scheme.

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We are ERA finalists!

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for four ERA awards!

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