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Teaching Ratio

Thanks to Nick Hart, Head Teacher at Chalfont Valley E-ACT Primary Academy, for this blog post on teaching ratio!

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Join us for a FREE Assessment Bank webinar and find out just how much time you could save!

Assessment Bank is a really simple test builder which includes thousands of questions written specifically for the new curriculum.

Come along to our FREE Assessment Bank webinar on 21st June and find out how you could save hours of time creating tests, quizzes and lesson starters to support day-to-day formative assessment.

When? 
Wednesday 21st June at 16.00-16.20 (BST), plus plenty of time to ask questions.

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Ofsted Mythbusting

As part of Rising Stars relationship with Ofsted we’ll be running a live twitter chat with Joanna Hall, Deputy Director of Schools for Ofsted @JoannaHallHMI on 14 June from 8-9pm. Have your chance to ask the questions you’d like to know from Ofsted and find out what they’re really looking for.We’ll be chatting using the hashtag #rslivechat.

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Using trinkets in phonics teaching

Abigail Steel, EYFS teacher and educational consultant, looks at how we can use trinkets to enhance phonics teaching, adding a sensory, kinesthetic dimension to lessons.

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Your Year 2 Science Test from Assessment Bank

It's week three of our Assessment Bank summer giveaway, and this week we're sharing a FREE Year 2 Science Test. 

Download your FREE Year 2 Science Test here.

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Live Twitter Chat with Ofsted

Join us for a live Twitter chat with Ofsted – 14th June 8-9pm online with @risingstarsedu

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Be rewarded for taking part in our Optional Tests study

We know that many schools want to be able to look at their Optional Tests results and understand how these relate to the scaled scores in the SATs. We've already published National Test Indicators for Optional Tests Set A Years 2 and 6, and this autumn we'll be publishing National Test Indicators for Set B Years 2 and 6.

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A Post-SATs Growth Mindset Lesson

Following the challenges of SATs and prior to Year 6’s departure to secondary, it is an important time to encourage the children to reflect on their mindset and their learning journey. Encourage your pupils to see themselves as 'life-long learners' who can overcome their challenges with this wonderful sample lesson from Katherine Muncaster, author of Growth Mindset Lessons.

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Your Year 1 Arithmetic Worksheet from Assessment Bank

Last week, we launched our summer Assessment Bank giveaway with a FREE Year 5 Spelling Test. This week, we're giving you a Year 1 Arithmetic worksheet!

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Website downtime

Our website will be offline from the evening of Tuesday 30th May until lunchtime on Wednesday 31st May (SGT) for essential maintenance.

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