The Rising Stars Assessment author team

The Rising Stars New National Curriculum Assessment range has been written by a team of specialist teachers and advisers.

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Progress Tests

Marie Lallaway has led English teams from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4 across 25 years of teaching. She has contributed to the development of national and international English teaching and assessment materials, and conducted research on behalf of national agencies.

Mathematics Progress Tests

Trevor Dixon has over 30 years’ teaching experience in primary schools and has led mathematics in three schools. Trevor has written assessment materials for Letts, OCR and Pearson Edexcel, as well as Rising Stars. He has been involved with writing questions for KS1 and KS2 SATs Mathematics papers and has been involved in trialling these questions in schools; furthermore he has worked as a KS2 SATs Mathematics marker for a number of years. Trevor is an associate of the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching of Mathematics.

Jenny Lawson has taught Mathematics at all levels, from the basic concepts of counting for special needs children through to A level Mathematics, and consulted on the training of teachers in Numeracy Key Skills. Her publishing career includes the co-authorship of GL Assessment’s Measuring Success in Maths Years 1-5 and she has written Years 3 and 4 for the Rising Stars Learn, Practise, Revise range which is used in lower Key Stage 2. Jenny has written sample SATs material for Years 5 and 6 and is completely conversant with the previous curriculum and the changes in moving to the new curriculum.

Reading Progress Tests

Helen Betts trained as a primary school teacher, before working in educational publishing on Key Stage 1 and 2 materials for pupils and teachers. She then spent seven years as a researcher in literacy assessment at the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), researching and writing a range of assessments, and carrying out both national and international research projects. Helen now works as a freelance author and consultant and as a Research Associate for the NFER.

Helen Lewis is an educational consultant and author specialising in the primary school age range, and with a particular interest in science, maths and English. She's also a qualified primary teacher, with sixteen years’ teaching experience.
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Science Progress Tests

Steve Bunce is an experienced science teacher and school consultant. He has a PhD in Chemistry and specialised in primary science. He has advised on the use of technology in science, including for classroom assessment. He has experience across primary (SATs tests and preparation) and secondary phases.

Pauline Hannigan was a primary teacher for twenty years. During this time she was an Advanced Skills Teacher for science supporting colleagues at both school and national level with particular focus on investigative science and assessment. She now works in Higher Education with undergraduate students and trainee teachers.


english, grammar, key stage 1, key stage 2, maths, reading, science, spelling

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