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Curriculum

Modelling and explaining a mathematical concept

In this blog article, Nick Hart proposes 5 phases of teacher modelling to set children up to succeed.

 

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Curriculum

Why you should forget ability groups in maths

In this blog article, John Dabell discusses why between-class ability grouping in maths should be abandoned.  

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Assessment

Multiplication tables check trials to begin in schools

On 14th February 2018, the DfE announced that a small number of schools will be selected to trial the multiplication tables check next month.

The multiplication check follows the introduction of the phonics screening check in 2012, and is designed to ensure children in primary schools know their times tables up to 12 off by heart.

Key information about the multiplication checks:

  • The on screen checks will be sat by 8 and 9 year olds in Year 4 and will last no longer than 5 minutes
  • This year's trial comes ahead of the mandatory checks in June 2020

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Assessment

Teacher assessment frameworks at the end of KS1 and KS2

On 14th February 2018, the DfE updated the KS1 and KS2 teacher assessment frameworks for 2017/2018.

Changes to KS1 for 2017-2018

  • Revised teacher assessment frameworks in English writing, which include:
    • A more flexible approach - teachers can now use their discretion to ensure that a particular weakness does not prevent an accurate judgement of a pupil's attainment overall being made.
    • Revised 'pupil can' statements -  a greater emphasis on composition, whilst statements relating to the more 'technical' aspects of English writing are less prescriptive.
  • 'Pupil can' statements for English reading, maths and science are unchanged.

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Assessment

How do we improve maths teaching, learning and assessment for 7-14 year olds?

Thanks to John Dabell for the following article.

Is it better to ‘predict and prevent’ or ‘fix and find’ or do we do both?

There are thousands of studies available that make claims about impact but how can teachers separate the wheat from the chaff and know what really works and what to avoid.

We know that the effects of high quality teaching are especially significant for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. If only we had some discerning and pragmatic guidance to point us in the right direction based on secure and reliable evidence.

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Assessment

Teacher assessment moderation - writing moderation

 

On 29th January 2018, the DfE released updated information for local authorities (LAs) about the process and training for moderators of KS1 and KS2 English writing in 2017/2018.

The standardisation process

The standardisation process is designed to assure schools that LA moderation teams have the required knowledge to moderate KS1 and KS2 English writing assessments, ensuring consistency and accuracy across England.  LAs are required to moderate a least 25% of maintained schools and 25% of academies.

 

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Curriculum

Unlock the potential of oral history in your classroom

Bev Forrest talks to us about the positive, lasting impact an oral history project can have to your pupils and how easy it is to link our History Voyagers package to the 2014 curriculum.

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Assessment

KS1 and KS2 Writing Moderation Materials

On 23rd January 2018, the Standards and Testing Agency shared KS1 and KS2 moderation support materials on NCA tools, including presentation slides and accompanying materials.

Key Stage 1

KS1 teacher assessment moderation training presentation

KS1 teacher assessment moderation training support materials

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Assessment

2018 national curriculum assessments calendar

Dates for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 administration

January 2018

  • 29th Jan - 'Access arrangements' on NCA tools opens

February 2018

  • 19th Feb - KS2 'Pupil registration' on NCA tool opens
  • 26th Feb - Deadline for schools to submit applications for KS2 early opening and compensatory marks

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Curriculum

Rising Stars are thrilled to be sponsoring NACE’s English for the more able conference

Our partners NACE are hosting an entire day of talks and workshops designed to help you challenge your more able learners through the primary English curriculum. Find out more about the conference and receive a special discount if you book before the 9th of February.

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