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Is the new standard for writing equivalent to Level 5?

Shareen Mayers reveals why the new writing standard might not be as scary as we had expected …

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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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5 tools for engaging parents in internet safety

There are several ways to engage parents and the wider school community in working with children to keep safe. Here are 5 ideas that can be shared via your school newsletter or website.

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5 tips for school websites

Your school's website performs a number of functions and says a lot about you as a school.  But how well are you doing?  Here's a handy 5-point check list for whoever is responsible for your school site.  With thanks to guest blogger Dawn Hallybone, Deputy Head Teacher, Oakdale Junior School.

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Exemplification material for writing and maths now published

The greatly anticipated exemplification material for English writing and mathematics has now been published by the Standards and Testing Agency. These documents serve to support accurate end-of-key-stage teacher assessment in 2016. Visit our assessment community website to download the exemplification materials and useful information on the assessment and reporting arrangements for this year.

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Internet Safety Day

Tuesday 9th February is Safer Internet Day!  Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.  Have a look at some of the resources available on the UK Safter internet centre and the list of tools and advice available from Switched on Computing.


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