September 2015

Assessment

Realising the potential of technology in education

On 4th April 2019, the DfE published a new strategy to develop and embed technology within schools.  In the document, Damian Hinds, Secretary of State for Education, stated:

"I believe technology can be an effective tool to help reduce teacher workload, increase efficiencies, engage students and communities, and provide tools to support excellent teaching and raise student attainment." - Damian Hinds, Secretary of State for Education

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Multiplication tables check: administration guidance

On 1st April 2019, the DfE published administration guidance for the multiplication tables check for schools participating in the 2019 national voluntary pilot.

The guidance includes details on:

  • how to use the multiplication tables check system
  • how to administer the multiplication tables check
  • how to use pupil access and other check arrangements

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Curriculum

Use this assembly plan to teach children about resilience

An assembly plan that teaches children to recognise resilience as an important character quality, taken from The Star Awards Programme for Primary Schools by Shona Pye and Geoff Smith. In the assembly children are taught some of the key vocabulary associated with resilience, what makes a person resilient and how they can encourage this in themselves.

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Curriculum

Tips to engage parents with reading

How can teachers encourage parents and carers to engage in reading with their child? Here are some different ideas and tips for promoting reading - whether you’re looking to host an event, offer a few words of advice or create a positive collaborative reading ethos, there may be an idea for you…


 

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Curriculum

Reading Can Future Proof Your Kids

Dr Kathy Weston talks about the positive effects of encouraging reading in your home on your child's education. Read on to find out why books aren't just for bedtime.

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Curriculum

Franklin Watts and Wayland Catalogue

We are working in partnership with Franklin Watts and Wayland, award-winning publishers of innovative information books for children. Download the 2019 Education catalogue to discover brand new books on themes of well-being, Space, environmental issues, diversity & inclusion, STEM, and many more. 

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Assessment

NTS Assessments, PiRA and PUMA: What are the differences?

After talking and listening to teachers, like you, about how we can help to make your life a little easier whilst providing insightful performance and progress data and familiarising pupils with the SATs, we are very pleased to launch NTS Assessments: our brand new termly, standardised, National Test-style progress tests for Years 1 to 6. As excitement builds for NTS Assessments (National Test-style Standardised Assessments), many of you are asking about the differences between these new papers and our popular existing standardised tests: PiRA and PUMA. We've written this article to help answer your questions.

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Curriculum

Ofsted's National Director for Education explains the new framework for the 2019 primary curriculum

Sean Harford, Oftsed's National Director for Education, breaks down the new September 2019 framework for primary schools.

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Curriculum

Fun activities to try this British Science Week

It’s British Science Week - an annual celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths. It is a fantastic opportunity to get your children involved in some really practical science activities. Here are some fun activities for you to try this British Science Week.

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Curriculum

Parents, do you know how powerful you are?

Read Dr Kathy Weston's 4 top tips for supporting your child's education from home. 

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