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What is the Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (CPA) approach?

You may have heard ‘the CPA approach’ referenced in the context of mathematics mastery and wondered what it really means. We asked Cherri Moseley, one of our Series Consultants and authors of Rising Stars Mathematics (our brand-new textbook programme) to explain how it works.

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The Commission’s Assessment without Levels report and interim teacher assessment frameworks now publ

The Commission’s Assessment without Levels report and interim teacher assessment frameworks now published!

Today has been a bumper day in the world of primary school assessment. In addition to the final report from the Commission on Assessment without Levels and the government’s response, we have also seen the release of the interim frameworks for teacher assessment at key stages 1 and 2. Here is a quick summary of what you can find in each report along with links for more information.

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Ark Academy Primaries are Champions schools!

Ark Conway and Ark Bentworth Primary Academies in West London have been using Champions - see how they got on!

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Voyagers ‘creative gold’ for teaching history and geography

Voyagers, our brand new history and geography resource for Key Stages 1 and 2, had a fantastic review in this month's Teach Primary Magazine! 

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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. 

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Ofsted publish the new inspection framework for education, skills and early years

Ofsted have today published the new inspection framework for education, skills and early years which takes effect from this September.

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A quick reference guide to changes in the National Tests and what you need to know

In order to support teachers with preparation for the new National Tests, we asked Deputy Head Michael Tidd to put together a quick reference guide to the changes in the tests and what this means for teachers. 

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Henwick Primary have been improving their working memory with MeeMo!

Henwick Primary School in London has trialled MeeMo, the working memory programme, with a mixed ability Year 3/ 4 class and have had some great results!

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Teaching addition and subtraction for mastery

Thank you to Caroline Clissold for these practical ways to help children acquire mastery in these two operations. These ideas are specifically targeted at Year 2 but can be adapted for any year group.

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Mastery in Practice

This month, our Mathematics Consultant Caroline Clissold explains what mastery means in practice. 

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