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Differentiation in the classroom

Many thanks to Nick Hart for this blog post, which looks at supporting children who are working below age related expectations. Read more »

Using pupil premium funding for interventions

There’s always something that Ofsted are looking for – although half of the things we’re told are little more than hearsay. One clear focus of inspections these days, though, is on the use of pupil premium funding to ‘diminish the difference’ between the outcomes of disadvantaged children and others nationally. Not an easy gap to close… or difference to diminish, rather!


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Being an effective maths subject leader

WAGOLL…What a good one looks like 

Every teacher will be familiar with this acronym but how does this relate to us as teachers? What does a good one look like when we are talking about maths subject leaders? Are you a WAGOLL or a JAM? Whether you are just about managing or whether you are the equivalent of a maths Red Arrow, it’s worth taking a step back as the learning never stops. 

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Reading Planet World Book Day Competition!

Win an author visit to your school from storytelling pair extraordinaire Adam and Charlotte Guillain!


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Celebrate Safer Internet Day 2017

Today, we are joining together with hundreds of thousands of young people and thousands of organisations around the world to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children.

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How St John’s Catholic School are using Assessment Bank to stretch and challenge children in mathematics

Thanks to Vera Jajechnyk for the following case study.
 
I have used the maths questions in Rising Stars Assessment Bank with a group of children in Year 6 who are ‘more able’ in order to ensure more challenge. This resource has given me the flexibility to select the more challenging Year 6 questions, in order to give the children practice for the SATS tests.
 
The first few sessions working with the group were focused on using mathematics questions linked to problem solving on the topics they have covered in class – algebra and fractions/percentages.

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Browse our online catalogue

Many schools will have already received their copy of the shiny new Rising Stars 2017 Catalogue. If you haven't yet managed to get hold of a copy, or you prefer to read online, you can now browse and share our full catalogue of resources by following the link below. 

Browse the 2017 Rising Stars Catalogue here.

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Using Computing Assessment Tasks for formative assessment

Computing Assessment Tasks are now published! To celebrate the launch, we asked author John Woollard to tell us a little bit more about this exciting new resource and how it can support teachers in the classroom.   
 

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Using Achieve to help support national test booster groups at my school

Thanks to Michael Tidd for this pre-national tests blog post all about getting the most of revision and practice in the months leading up to the tests! Read more »

Getting the basics right: Counting up, Part 2

This blog post from Nick Hart looks at strategies to develop children's conceptual understanding and help them to think with increasing efficiency.

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