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Assessment

Reception Baseline Announcement - implications for schools

 

What are your thoughts on the reception baseline assessment?

Following the DfE's announcement on 11th April 2018 that a new statutory baseline assessment will be introduced in autumn 2020, we collated some initial thoughts about the announcement.

Thanks to James Pembroke and Michael Tidd for sharing their views on this.  You can join in the conversation on Twitter @RSAssessment.

 

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Curriculum

Closing the word gap

You may have heard of the “word gap” it refers to the gap of 30 million words between different groups of children before the age of 3. Charlotte Raby (author of Rising Stars Vocabulary) explores the meaning of  the 'word gap' and explains how your school can tackle the problem. 

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Assessment

Phonics Screening Check: Sample materials and training videos

On 23rd April, the DfE updated the sample materials available for the 2018 Phonics Screening Check.

Structure of the Phonics Screening Check
The check contains 40 words divided into two sections of 20 words.  Both sections contains a mix of pseudo-words and real words.
Read more about the structure here.

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Curriculum

Bridging the disadvantaged gap in maths for good

 
The gap between the attainment of disadvantaged children and all children may be narrowing but remains a concern. How can that gap be closed more rapidly and for good?

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Assessment

Reception baseline assessment

In response to the 2017 'Primary assessment in England government consultation', on 11th April 2018 the DfE announced the introduction of a new statutory reception baseline assessment in autumn 2020.

 

New baseline assessments to be introduced from autumn 2020

The test will be administered by schools as soon as children enter reception and will enable schools to measure children's progress from reception through to KS2.  The DfE will publish the results of these measures for all through primaries in the summer of 2027.

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Assessment

KS2 Science sampling arrangements

On the 27th March 2018, the DfE released updated information about the upcoming KS2 science sampling tests.

Every 2 years, a sample of pupils sit science tests at the end of KS2, in order to gauge the overall performance of the population.  The next science sampling tests will take place in June 2018.

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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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