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Five ways (MARK and) MARK Plus can help your school when there aren’t any National Tests

This summer, for the second year in a row, our primary pupils didn’t sit national tests. And so far, from discussions with the schools I support, it seems that the annual league tables are not missed! However, the SATS aren’t just used by the DfE to rank schools, the outcomes are also used by schools themselves for self-evaluation and school improvement planning, and this aspect of the missing results is more of a problem. However, help is at hand. RS Assessments’ PUMA, PiRA, GAPS and NTS Maths and Reading tests, together with the comprehensive new dashboards in MARK Plus, can help fill in the gaps. Let’s have a look at five ways MARK Plus can help us.

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Capturing attention, connection, and a sense of fun as the new school year begins

English consultant, Maddy Barnes, shares five simple ways (with a little help from Read in to Writing) to capture pupils’ attention and ignite a love for reading and writing.

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We’ve been Shortlisted!

We're excited to announce that eduu.school has been shortlisted in 2021 Teach Primary Awards!

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Reading Planet Rocket Phonics is DfE validated!

It's official!  Our new next-generation Rocket Phonics programme is now a DfE validated SSP programme. In this blog, we answer some of your most frequently asked questions about using Rocket Phonics in your school. 

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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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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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‘Lessons from lockdown’ highlights gains from eduu.school technology

4 minute read: The All Party Parliamentary Group on Education Technology released their report 'Lessons from Lockdown' this week, summarising evidence of ‘what worked’ when schools had to quickly roll out remote learning during the 2020 lockdown. Here’s a short summary of how eduu.school is leading emerging best practice.

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Why we love using the Online Library at home

Daniel (age 10) and Bella (age 7) have been using the Reading Planet Online Library during school closures. In this video, they explain why they enjoy using the resource and how it supports them with their reading at home. 

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5 ways to use Read in to Writing in a blended way

4 minute read: Blended learning represents an opportunity to personalise learning, but teachers need resources that are easily adaptable to meet the needs of all children.  Series Editor Maddy Barnes explains how flexible reading and writing series Read in to Writing, can be used in a  blended way.

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Introducing the NEW Rocket Phonics Teaching & Learning Programme

We're thrilled to announce our new Rocket Phonics teaching and learning programme which launches in May. Author Abigail Steel explains why it's the perfect time for schools to try something different in phonics and gives an insight into what to expect from the new programme. 

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