June 2018

Assessment

Hear what teachers like you have to say about our assessments

We strive to make it as effortless and insightful to assess your pupils as possible. That’s why we spend lots of time talking to teachers like you about your experiences with our termly standardised tests. Find out what they have to say for yourself!


 

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Curriculum

Your FREE Back to School Surival Kit

We know that summer holidays can go by in a flash and going back to school can sometimes feel a little difficult. So, we’ve put together the ultimate back to school digital survival kit using some of our best blog posts, stress relief tips and freebies from last year to try and make your back to school transition as fun and stress-free as possible. 

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Curriculum

Answering your Progress Tests FAQs

With over 6,000 schools using our Progress Tests for Reading, Maths, GPS and Science, we asked teachers to share how they use Progress Tests with their classes.

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Curriculum

We've been shortlisted!

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted in the SEN, Wellbeing and Foundations cateogry of the Teach Primary Awards!

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Curriculum

Rising Stars Summer Reading Challenge Launch!

We're super excited to tell you all about the launch of the Rising Stars Summer Reading 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 £60 Go Ape 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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Curriculum

#SummerOutdoors - the DfE Summer Holiday Initiative

On Friday Education Secretary, Damian Hinds launched the #SummerOutdoors campaign encouraging children and families to explore the outdoors during the holidays. This kicked off this morning with this tweet from the DfE offering 5 great suggestions for enjoying the outdoors this week.

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Curriculum

Department of Education School Sport and Activity Plan

The Department of Education has released their School Sport and Activity Action Plan, detailing the importance of children leading full, healthy and active lives from an early age and the positive effects that this can have on children’s mental health. 

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Assessment

KS2 National Curriculum Assessments 2019 (interim)

On 9th July 2019, the DfE released the interim results for the KS2 National Tests.

 

Attainment in individual subjects

  • In reading, 73% of pupils reached the expected standard, down by 2 percentage points from 2018.
  • In maths, 79% of pupils reached the expected standard, up by 3 percentage points from 2018.
  • In GPS, 78% of pupils reached the expected standard, which remains unchanged from 2018.

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Curriculum

MARK: A Case Study by St John Vianney Catholic Primary School

 

St John Vianney is a larger than average Catholic primary school, with two-form entry, based in Blackpool. In March 2018 they were rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted and their outstanding teaching of English and Early Literacy means that they are now one of thirty-two national English Hubs supporting other schools. They use PiRA, PUMA, GAPS and MARK (our free online assessment and reporting tool) three times per year, to support teachers in validating their judgement and identifying learning needs of individual pupils and classes. The assessments are used from Years 1 - 6, to ensure a consistent approach throughout the school.

 

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Curriculum

How to help your child prepare for spelling tests…

Catherine Casey gives her top fun tips for parents in supporting their children with spelling. Read more »
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