Hot off the press: Special guests from the DfE to speak at Rising Stars’ National Test Conferences!

It’s the start of a new school year and with a challenging new curriculum, a level-free approach to assessment and the new national tests around the corner we know there is a lot on the minds of primary school teachers at this time. That’s why we are hosting three conferences this term, designed to help primary schools get ready for the new national tests. 

Our Preparing for the new Key Stage 2 national tests events have a jam-packed agenda which will ensure you leave feeling fully up-to-date on the changes to the Assessment and Reporting Arrangements for the 2016 tests.

And what’s more, we are delighted we can now confirm that the key note speech at each event will be run by a representative from the Department for Education. Our special guests include:

London conference, 12th November – Colin Watson, Deputy Director of Assessment Policy and Development, Department for Education. (now sold out!)

Birmingham conference, 26th November – Catharine Parkes, Head of Test Development Research, Standards and Testing Agency, Department for Education

Manchester conference, 10th December – Catherine Wrayford, Team Leader, Standards and Testing Agency, Department for Education

At each event, this not-to-be-missed session will cover:

  • Key changes to tests and structures and implications for schools
  • The floor standard and minimum expectations for pupils
  • How scaled scores will be calculated and reported
  • Teacher Assessment & Exemption changes

So now you can get the definitive overview on the new Assessment and Reporting Arrangements, including new test structures, the floor standard and how scaled scores will be calculated and reported, directly from the DfE. And we have a wealth of other fantastic speakers too, including guests from the NAHT, advisers and consultants with a wealth of experience across the curriculum and some amazing teachers from classrooms up and down the country.

There are just a few spaces left so head over to our conference page now for details of the full programme and how you can book your place. We look forward to seeing you there.


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