January 2019

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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Assessment

KS1 and KS2 test dates for 2018/19

On 9th July 2018, the DfE released the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 test dates for the 2018/19 academic year.

Key Stage 1

  • Week commencing Mon 10th June 2019 - Phonics screening check week

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Assessment

Multiplication tables check: update

On 9th July 2018, the DfE released an update on the development of the multiplication tables check (MTC).

About the MTC

  • Between 10th June - 28th June 2019 a national voluntary pilot will be run to allow schools to familiarise themselves with the check before  it becomes statutory in June 2020.
  • Schools will have a 3- week window to administer the tests, and teachers have the flexibility to check individual children, small groups or a whole class at the same time.

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Curriculum

Football's coming...to your maths lessons ⚽

To celebrate England reaching the World Cup semi-finals we have created some quick football themed maths quizzes for you to use with your class.

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Assessment

Ofsted's Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, talks about the curriculum and the relationship between Ofsted and data

Ofsted's Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, delivered an insightful speech at the Wellington Festival of Education. So, we’ve picked out a handful of key points (particularly about the curriculum and the relationship between Ofsted and data) that we think you’ll find interesting ahead of next year…

 

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Assessment

3 ways to reduce unnecessary workload with standardised tests

Publishing Director, Katie Blainey, explores unnecessary workload and how using standardised tests can save you heaps of valuable time!

It may sound unintuitive that an increase in testing can ultimately reduce workload for teachers and increase pupils’ learning, but it is worth considering. Increasingly, primary schools, secondary schools and MATs are adopting standardised tests across the school to support informed teaching and save time. Here are just 3 reasons why…

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