March 2020

Curriculum

Part 3: Under the white paper microscope

In this series of blogs our Publishing Director, Katie Blainey, puts the microscope on our latest white paper about the impact of school closures on spring 2021 attainment. Following on from last week's blog, this week the focus is on the following: children attending schools in more deprived areas, and schools with higher proportions of children receiving Free School Meals (FSM), tended to show greater declines in attainment than their peers. Schools with a high percentage of children eligible for FSM experienced decreases in scores approximately twice as severe as schools with a low percentage of FSM eligible children.

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Curriculum

Part 2: Under the white paper microscope

In this series of blogs our Publishing Director, Katie Blainey, puts the microscope on our latest white paper about the impact of school closures on spring 2021 attainment. Following on from last week's blog, this week the focus is on the following: younger year groups, Years 1 and 2 in particular, generally showed bigger reductions in attainment than older year groups. 

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Curriculum

New PiRA and New PUMA data – what is available when?

Ahead of the release of the standardised scores for the summer New PiRA and New PUMA papers in August 2021, we have written this blog to help break down which outcomes will be available when.

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Assessment

Part 1: Under the white paper microscope

In this series of blogs our Publishing Director, Katie Blainey, puts the microscope on our latest white paper about the impact of school closures on spring 2021 attainment. This week the focus is on the following: GPS and maths showed the largest declines — representing a gap of on average three months' learning loss across all year groups — and reading, on average, showed a two-month gap.

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Curriculum

Short Story Competition Winner

Back in March we ran a Short Story Competition to celebrate World Book Day and encourage children to share a story. 

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Curriculum

The recent RS Assessment White Paper and how we can support children’s reading and writing

According to recent analysis*, there were measurable declines in attainment across virtually all subjects and year groups. Schools have done what schools do best… had an impact on children’s learning to ensure that they are as close as they can be to the expected standard for their year group.  To continue to accelerate progress in English across all year groups, Read in to Writing can help!

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Curriculum

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

The pandemic has caused challenging times for each and every one of us, and the effects are taking a toll on young people's mental health and wellbeing. During Mental Health Awareness Week it's time to get your pupils talking!

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Curriculum

Education Resource Awards 2021

We are delighted to share that our Special Needs Assessment Profile (SNAP) has been shortlisted at this year's Education Resources Awards!

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Assessment

Podcast - How To Measure The Impact Of Your Behaviour Interventions

SNAP-B recently appeared on the School Behaviour Secrets Podcast to share how SNAP-B can be used to measure the impact of behaviour interventions.

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Assessment

Postcode lottery for accessing SEND support

A new study from the Education Policy Institute (EPI), funded by the Nuffield Foundation, highlights how children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are identified and supported varies nationally.

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