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Curriculum

Key Takeaways from the Education Endowment Foundation Maths Report

Thanks to John Dabell for this post which unpacks the key insights learned from the EEF Maths Report. John is a teacher with over 20 years teaching experience across all key stages. He has worked as a national in-service provider and is a trained OfSTED inspector. 
 

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Curriculum

Breaking down barriers – Steps to promoting greater diversity in your primary History teaching

Bev argues that there should be more diversity with relation to disability in the teaching of History in schools Read more »
Assessment

Using standardised testing to support teacher understanding - a MAT approach

Using standardised testing to support teacher understanding

By Tyrone Samuel, Network Lead for Primary Data and Assessment

The new academic year is in full swing, and as we enter autumn 2, I have already visited the majority of our primary schools as the Network Lead for Primary Assessment and Data at Ark.

Autumn 1 has been as busy and intense as ever for me, supporting schools with their data analysis and training, bringing our assessment leads together to collaborate on good practice, as well as sharing key lessons, messages and insights. This has helped to focus minds on our Ark network mission, to make sure that every pupil can go to university or into the career of their choice by setting high expectations and striving to know every pupil.

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Curriculum

Teaching quarters in Mathematics

Many thanks to Nick Hart for this blog post, which looks at teaching quarters in mathematics.

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Curriculum

How Rushey Mead use PiRA, PUMA and Optional Tests to identify gaps in children's learning

We are a large inner-city school in Leicester with 630 pupils on roll, approximately 95% of whom speak English as an Additional Language.  These wide ranging starting points have made gap analysis through the use of accurate and reliable assessments paramount.

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Curriculum

2018 Assessment & Reporting Arrangements and Teacher Assessment Exemplification

This week the DfE have released teacher assessment exemplification materials for 2017/2018, guidance for the end of year KS1 and KS2 assessments, and guidance for assessing and reporting the early years foundation stage (EYFS) profile.

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Curriculum

Working with Book Aid International on the Thika Library Project

For many years, Rising Stars has worked closely with Book Aid International, a charity that provides books to communities and school libraries in Africa that are lacking these essential resources.

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Curriculum

Times tables matter - working towards multiplication mastery

Teacher and inspector John Dabell discusses why times tables matter and how to help children master them, by understanding what the numbers mean, 'seeing' the maths, and knowing how to apply their knowledge to a real-life purpose. Read more »
Curriculum

Website downtime 22nd October

Our website will be offline on Sunday 22nd October for an essential maintenance update.

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Curriculum

Implications for Teaching and Learning 2017

FREE analysis of pupil performance in the 2017 national tests - to help inform this year's teaching

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