April 2020

Curriculum

How to design your maths curriculum Part 2: Implementation

Now you’ve decided the intent of your maths curriculum, read on for tips about successful implementation planning.

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Curriculum

Tennyson Road Open Day in association with Rising Stars

Come along to a free open day event in Luton and find out more about how other schools are using our resources! Read more »
Assessment

New Pre-key Stage Standards: What schools need to know

Thanks to Sarah Minty, Commissioning Editor for SEN at RS Assessment from Hodder Education, for the following article.

Following a government consultation on the Rochford Review, the pre-key stage standards, which have been in place for 2017/2018, are now final, after a review by teachers and other educational experts.

From summer 2019, teachers must use these pre-key stage standards to make statutory assessment judgements at the end of KS1 and KS2, for any pupils who are working below the national curriculum teacher assessment frameworks and above P scale 4.

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Curriculum

Rising Stars Reading Planet Summer Challenge Launch!

We're super excited to tell you all about the launch of the Rising Stars Reading Planet Summer Challenge!

In this blog we'll tell you all about how you and your child can get involved and be in with a chance of winning a £50 book voucher. We'll also take a look at why and how you should be encouraging your child to read for pleasure.

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Assessment

Transforming children and young people's mental health provision: green paper

Between December 2017 and March 2018 the Department for Education and the Department of Health & Social Care held a public consultation on 'Transforming children and young people's mental health provision'.  The consultation received 2,700 responses and on 25th July 2018 the DfE published a green paper focusing on earlier intervention and prevention in schools.

 

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Assessment

Reducing teacher workload

On 21st July 2018, the DfE released advice and tools to help school leaders and teachers review and reduce workload.

 

Background - The workload challenge

In October 2014 the DfE launched the workload challenge, where teachers were asked to share their views on how to reduce unnecessary workload.  Over 44,000 people responded to the survey, highlighting 3 main areas that can cause unnecessary workload - marking, planning and data management.

Read a full summary of the workload challenge here.

 

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Curriculum

Character Education - the Star Awards Challenge (Part 2)

In part 2 of this series of blog posts from the authors of our brand new title Character Education: The Star Awards Programme for Primary Schools, Geoff Smith explains his motivations behind writing Character Education and describes the process of its implementation in his own school in Cornwall.

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Curriculum

2018 SATs results - subject expert analysis

The DFE have just published the 2018 KS2 SATs results. Read initial thoughts on this year's National Test scores from our subject experts ...

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Assessment

KS2 National Test Results 2018

On 10th July 2018, the DfE published the results of the 2018 Key Stage 2 National Tests.

Summary of the 2018 results

  • 64% of pupils reached the expected standard in all of reading, writing and maths (combined).  This has increased from last year but remains below the floor standard of 65%.
  • The raw scores required to reach the expected standard have increased for all subjects.  The largest increase can be seen in maths, increasing from 57 in 2017 to 61 this year.
  • The average scaled score in reading has increased, while the scaled score in maths and GPS remains the same as last year.

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Curriculum

The 2018 Key Stage 2 SATs results are in

64% of children achieve the “expected standard” in reading, writing and maths.

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