January 2016

Curriculum

How to help your pupils work on their grammar, punctuation and spelling at home

As schools have now closed due to Coronavirus, Madeleine Barnes shares her top tips on how teachers can continue to help their pupils work on their grammar, punctuation and spelling at home.

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Assessment

What one teacher in China has learned from the past few months

Holly Wood, a primary teacher living and working in China, has been distance teaching since January. Here she offers tips and advice on what she’s learned since the coronavirus hit.

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Assessment

Part 1: New PiRA and New PUMA - A behind the scenes look at our Autumn trialling

Based on feedback from teachers like you we’re happy to be publishing brand new editions of PiRA and PUMA in Autumn 2020, otherwise known as New PiRA and New PUMA! When creating these assessments we trialled them on over 10,000 pupils per test suite, and we thought you might like to take a behind the scenes look at the process that the papers go through before they reach you.

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Curriculum

Activities to help spread happiness at home

At the moment it's more important than ever to continue to spread happiness and positivity with those around us and look after our mental health.

We have teamed up with The Happy Newspaper to share a selection of positive resources that can be used with children at home and in the classroom.

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Curriculum

Parents, our time has come!

As someone who passionately believes in the power of parental engagement to transform children’s outcomes, this COVID-19 crisis offers an opportunity for all of us. I know it can feel daunting to suddenly and unexpectedly be in charge of home learning, so here are some easy guidelines to follow that may make it easier:

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Curriculum

International Day of Happiness

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Curriculum

Safer Internet Day 2020 - Free to be

Tuesday 11th February marks Safer Internet Day, established by the UK Safer Internet Centre, with this year's theme being 'Free to be' - looking at identity online. 

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Curriculum

The Engagement Model

On 27th January 2020 the DfE released draft guidance on The Engagement Model, a new form of assessment for pupils working below the standard of the national curriculum.  The Engagement Model replaces P Scales 1-4 and will become statutory from the 2020/21 academic year.

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Curriculum

Children's Mental Health Week

We have put together a selection of free activities and resources to help your class 'find their brave' this week for Children's Mental Health Week. Read more »
Curriculum

SEN, behaviour and wellbeing in Ofsted's Annual Report 2019

On 21st January 2020, Ofsted published its annual report on education, children’s services and skills.  The report marked the introduction of Ofsted's new 'behaviour and attitudes' judgement which recognises the impact of disrupted classrooms on children's learning as well as pupil and teacher wellbeing.
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