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Curriculum

Designing your maths curriculum part 1: Intent

As we prepare for the new academic year, the importance of the curriculum has come into sharper focus. Nick Hart explains the significance of designing a maths curicculum that is specific to the issues of your pupils. Read more »
Assessment

Helping MATs make sense of their data

 

James Pembroke is the founder of the school data company, Sig+, and he’s written this very handy article to help Multi Academy Trusts make sense of their data.  

What are the benefits and risks of data collection in MATs?

Due to the nature of MATs, there’s a wide range of expertise that can be utilised to develop effective, common approaches to assessment. Decision makers are more well informed, so they can direct resources to where they’re most needed, and large numbers of pupils mean more reliable, meaningful data. The risk of data collection, though, is that it might lead to a top down, accountability-focused system of assessment that increases workload but doesn’t have much of an impact on learning. So, how can we make sense of all this data, and put it to good use?

 

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Curriculum

Thoughts on the 2018 SATs - Reading

It has been ten years since the KS2 test included poetry (cast your minds back to the themed ‘Rain & Shine’ reading booklet in 2008 where pupils were presented two poems related to rain) so were you and your colleagues surprised to open the reading booklet this year to find a poem?

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Curriculum

Thoughts on the 2018 SATs - Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

We asked Shareen Mayers to share her thoughts and initial reactions to the 2018 KS2 grammar, punctuation and spelling test…

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Assessment

Reception baseline assessment: What schools need to know

 

On 6th June 2018, the DfE released information about the introduction of the new reception baseline assessment in autumn 2020.

Why is the reception baseline assessment being introduced?

The new assessment will provide a snapshot of where pupils begin when they arrive at school, which will then be used to measure the progress they make by the end of Year 6.

 

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Curriculum

Football Freebie!

It's the start of the World Cup! Could this be England's year? You might not be getting your hopes up but the team should at least get to their matches on time, unlike Tess in this latest Comet Street Kids free eBook. 

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Curriculum

Thoughts on the 2018 SATs - Mathematics

The dissection (and opinions!) of the 2018 mathematics papers have begun. This blog provides an analysis of the key themes across all three papers.

 

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Curriculum

Top 10 Points for Outstanding Primary History Teaching

Bev Forest, a primary education expert specialising in history, shares some of the features she's seen on her school visits which she feels most contribute to an effective learning experience for pupils and support you in developing your history teaching from good to outstanding.

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Assessment

2018 Key Stage 1 Scaled Score Conversion Tables

On 1st June 2018, the DfE released the scaled score conversion tables for the 2018 KS1 national tests.

Range of scaled scores

The range of scaled scores available is the same as set in 2016.  Pupils scoring at least 100 will have met the expected standard and a pupil awarded a score of 99 or fewer has not met the expected standard.

  • The lowest scaled score that can be awarded is 85
  • The highest scaled score that can be awarded is 115

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Assessment

Key Stage 1 National Test materials

On 1st June 2018, the DfE publicly released the test materials from this year’s Key Stage 1 National Tests.

The test papers and mark schemes for all subjects can be found here:

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