May 2018

Assessment

Department for Education publicly release test materials from this year's Key Stage 1 national tests

On 6th June 2017 the Department for Education have publicly released the test materials from this year’s Key Stage 1 national tests.  These include test papers and mark schemes for Maths, English reading and English grammar, spelling and punctuation sat by KS1 pupils in May 2017.

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Curriculum

Live Twitter Chat with Ofsted

Join us for a live Twitter chat with Ofsted – 14th June 8-9pm online with @risingstarsedu

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Assessment

2017 key stage 1 scaled score conversion tables

On 6th June the DfE released the 2017 key stage 1 scaled score conversion tables. The tables show each of the possible raw scores on the 2017 key stage 1 tests. To convert each child's raw score to a scaled score, you can look up the raw score and read across to the appropriate scaled score. A scaled score of 100 or more shows the pupil has met the expected standard in the test.

What has changed since last year?

  • In reading, the score needed has increased from 22 out of 40 in 2016 to 25 out of 40 this year.
  • In GPS, there has been a slight drop from 25 out of 40 to 24 out of 40.
  • In maths, children are expected to get 36 out of 60, a drop from 37 out of 60 in 2016.

Download the tables here. 

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Curriculum

Be rewarded for taking part in our Optional Tests study

We know that many schools want to be able to look at their Optional Tests results and understand how these relate to the scaled scores in the SATs. We've already published National Test Indicators for Optional Tests Set A Years 2 and 6, and this autumn we'll be publishing National Test Indicators for Set B Years 2 and 6.

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Assessment

Statutory guidance: P scale attainment targets for pupils with SEN

On 2nd June the DfE published the 2017 performance attainment targets (P scales) and performance descriptors for pupils aged 5-16 with special educational needs (SEN).

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Curriculum

A Post-SATs Growth Mindset Lesson

Following the challenges of SATs and prior to Year 6’s departure to secondary, it is an important time to encourage the children to reflect on their mindset and their learning journey. Encourage your pupils to see themselves as 'life-long learners' who can overcome their challenges with this wonderful sample lesson from Katherine Muncaster, author of Growth Mindset Lessons.

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Curriculum

Your Year 1 Arithmetic Worksheet from Assessment Bank

Last week, we launched our summer Assessment Bank giveaway with a FREE Year 5 Spelling Test. This week, we're giving you a Year 1 Arithmetic worksheet!

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Curriculum

Website downtime

Our website will be offline from the evening of Tuesday 30th May until lunchtime on Wednesday 31st May (SGT) for essential maintenance.

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Curriculum

Fractions: establishing firm foundations for progress

Thanks to mathematics consultant, trainer and author, Caroline Clissold, for this article on fractions and ensuring the basic concepts are understood from an early age to establish firm foundations for progress. If you are interested in hearing more on this topic, please register for a free webinar on 14th June where Caroline will go into more detail and will be able to answer questions. Sign up here.

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Reaction to SATs week

With the National Tests out of the way for another year we asked Deputy Head Michael Tidd and Assessment Consultant Shareen Mayers for their initial reaction to the 2017 papers.

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