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Assessment

KS1 and KS2 SATs: Information for parents

On 27th March 2018, the DfE released a leaflet for parents about the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 SATS, including upcoming exam dates, the types of test paper and information about teacher assessments.

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Assessment

6 ways to improve GPS test technique

How about a few more marks on grammar papers?

Thanks to Ruth Duckworth for the following article.

As we are in the last few teaching weeks running up to the end of Key Stage Two SATs again, Year Six teachers like myself are now well-entrenched in test practice - encouraging pupils to keep their full focus to achieve their best and grasp the all-important ‘expected’ score (from last year of course) before May.  Then, we may all be a little more confident that whatever the real tests bring, the 100s will flow.

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Assessment

Updated guidance for Key Stage 2 access arrangements

On 20th March 2018, the DfE updated the guidance for access arrangements available for pupils participating in the Key Stage 2 SATs.  View the updated guide.

The DfE have also published a short video demonstrating how schools can make applications for additional time.  Watch the video.

 

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Assessment

Updated Key Stage 2 test administration guidance

On 19th March 2018, the DfE released updated guidance about administering the 2018 KS2 national tests.

It includes guidance to:

  • planning the tests
  • receiving and securely storing the test materials
  • administering the tests

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Curriculum

10 texts to spark a lifelong love of reading

Author of our English for the More Able series, Vicky Burrill, picks out 10 books to engage and inspire your students.

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Curriculum

SATs Reasoning Blog 1: Tackling Selected Response Questions

In this first blog article, out of a series of two, Sarah-Anne Fernandes discusses the 'selected response' type questions that pupils will face in their maths reasoning paper.

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Assessment

7 things you need to know about standardised scores and scaled scores

Scaled scores and standardised scores – what’s the difference?

With so many different assessment measures being used throughout primary schools, we’re often asked to clarify the difference between them. So we’ve gone back to the drawing board to provide some quick facts about two key test outcomes: scaled scores and standardised scores (because while both show performance, they aren’t quite the same thing).

 

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Curriculum

Should maths be real life?

In this blog article, Nick Hart discusses the effectiveness of using real-life problems in maths.

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Curriculum

Out of the hat! Magic with maths

In this blog article, John Dabell demonstrates how maths can be combined with magic tricks to bring numbers to life.

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Curriculum

FREE KS2 lesson starters every day in March

Every day in March, we will be sharing Year 6 questions from Assessment Bank on Twitter and Facebook which you can use to test your class' knowledge ahead of the National Tests.

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