May 2018

Curriculum

DfE publishes Character Education report, outlining provisions for Character Education in schools

The DfE have published a report on developing character skills in schools. The report, which can be found on the DfE’s website, provides a summary of the key findings on research into the provision of character education in schools. The research carried out included a national survey and a number of case studies.

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Curriculum

Primary PE & Sport Premium to double from September 2017

The DfE have announced that they will be doubling the PE & Sport Premium funding available to primary schools, starting this Autumn. 

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Assessment

The benefits of interactive assessment

Thanks to Camilla Erskine for this article. 

What is interactive assessment?

Interactive assessments are those that are completed and automatically marked on a computer or mobile device. There are various types of interactive tests, ranging from ready-made tests - either specifically for digital use or those that have been adapted from existing paper-based tests – to tailor-made tests that are created from a bank of questions. Such customised tests can be as short or long as the teacher wishes, focusing on a particular topic or style of question, or they may be designed to assess across topics that have been taught over a period of time, for example over the last half term. Some interactive tests can also be created by children themselves – it depends on the system being used. Interactive assessments are most widely used in mathematics as the subject generally lends itself well to automatic marking, but they are also available for English and other subjects as well as to assess skills (e.g. cognitive reasoning).

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Curriculum

Dear Doctor...An activity for overcoming misconceptions in maths

This post from teacher and inspector, John Dabell, addresses key misconceptions in maths and suggests an effective activity to overcome them.

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Curriculum

Getting back to basics: area

With the pressures of curriculum coverage, topics such as area can sometimes be raced through.  However, lingering with these topics and squeezing out as much mathematical thinking as possible can help children to make links to other areas of maths and experience success which then breeds motivation to master other aspects of maths. In this blog post, Nick Hart takes a look at getting the basics right for this key topic.

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Curriculum

Watch our Assessment Bank Webinar

Last month we held a webinar to show you just how simple Assessment Bank is to use, and how you could save hours of time creating tests, quizzes and lesson starters to support day-to-day formative assessment.

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Curriculum

Key Stage 2 SATs results: the national picture

The key stage 2 SATs results are out! And overall, children have performed well - with 8% more children achieving the expected standard nationally in all subjects compared with 2016.
 

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Assessment

Key Stage 2 SATs results: the national picture

Scaled score conversion tables for key stage 2

The scaled score conversion tables for the 2017 key stage 2 national tests have been published by the DfE.

  • In reading, children need a scaled score of 26 to reach the expected standard (5 more than 2016)
  • In maths, children need a scaled score of 57 to reach the expected standard (3 less than 2016)
  • In GPS, children need a scaled score of 36 to reach the expected standard (7 less than 2016)

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Curriculum

Summer Sale 4th-17th July

To celebrate the end of term, we are offering fantastic discounts across our curriculum and assessment resources.

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Curriculum

Hodder Education Voluntary Scheme supports school in Tanzania

Hodder Education operates a voluntary leave scheme where staff can take two days away from the office to volunteer for a great cause. Gemma Aukett has just returned from her long weekend volunteering at Glastonbury Festival to support a school in Tanzania.

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