August 2014

Assessment

KS1 and KS2 Writing Moderation Materials

On 23rd January 2018, the Standards and Testing Agency shared KS1 and KS2 moderation support materials on NCA tools, including presentation slides and accompanying materials.

Key Stage 1

KS1 teacher assessment moderation training presentation

KS1 teacher assessment moderation training support materials

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Assessment

2018 national curriculum assessments calendar

Dates for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 administration

January 2018

  • 29th Jan - 'Access arrangements' on NCA tools opens

February 2018

  • 19th Feb - KS2 'Pupil registration' on NCA tool opens
  • 26th Feb - Deadline for schools to submit applications for KS2 early opening and compensatory marks

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Curriculum

Rising Stars are thrilled to be sponsoring NACE’s English for the more able conference

Our partners NACE are hosting an entire day of talks and workshops designed to help you challenge your more able learners through the primary English curriculum. Find out more about the conference and receive a special discount if you book before the 9th of February.

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Assessment

Primary assessments: information and resources 2018

 

On 16th January, the DfE published a primary assessment information and resources guide to help teachers find online content for Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two assessments.


Early Years Foundation Guide

The EYFS guide includes important dates for the EYFS test cycle and guidance to understand statutory requirements for the EYFS.  Read the full EYFS assessment guide here.

 

 

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Assessment

Assessment: a key character in the story of learning

 

Thanks to Sebastian Rowland, Head of Year 6 at Etonbury Academy

Assessment. Love it or loathe it, it is a key character in the story of learning. As we plan, mark and assess in an ongoing cyclical process it is important to check that each assessment continues to have a purpose. In this article, I have outlined how we ensure our assessments have a clear purpose in improving teaching and learning in our school.

 

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Assessment

Mythbusting with Ofsted

Thanks to Sean Harford, National Director, Education, Ofsted for the following article.

‘My bookcase was messy so I got marked down in my assessment…this is the level of hysteria we are facing in schools’.

Receiving messages like that is why we – and you – need to tackle the misinformation that circulates about ‘what Ofsted wants’.

Teacher workload is one of the most pressing concerns in education today and has a real impact on the retention of staff. We can’t afford to lose good teachers – and children certainly can’t afford to lose the opportunities you offer them.

The impulse to make everything ‘perfect’ can drive out creativity, passion and the love of teaching that are the reasons most people enter the profession. That’s why at Ofsted we know how important it is that people aren’t doing unnecessary tasks for us and adding to their workload.

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Curriculum

Maths Misconceptions: mistakes, misunderstanding and muddles

This post from teacher and inspector, John Dabell, addresses key misconceptions in maths and suggests an effective activity to overcome them.

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Curriculum

2018 Catalogues

A new year means a new Rising Stars catalogue, and this year we have two brand new catalogues for you.

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Curriculum

Five phases for fluency: modelling and explaining a mathematical process

Many thanks to Nick Hart for this blog post, which looks at the five phases for fluency. Read more »
Assessment

Early years foundation stage profile: 2018 handbook

 

On 18th December 2017, the DfE released the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Handbook to support EYFS practitioners in making accurate judgements about each child's attainment in 2018.

The EYFS Profile Handbook gives:

  • the child's attainment in relation to the 17 early learning goal (ELG) descriptors.
  • a short narrative describing the child's 3 characteristics of effective learning.

Summary of the EYFS Profile:

  • The EYFS Profile is not intended to be used for ongoing assessment.
  • Practitioner's assessments are primarily based on observing children's daily activities, in particular learning spontaneously, independents and consistently to understand their level of attainment, interests and learning styles.

 

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