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Answering your Progress Tests FAQs

With over 6,000 schools using our Progress Tests for Reading, Maths, GPS and Science, we asked teachers to share how they use Progress Tests with their classes.

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We've been shortlisted!

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted in the SEN, Wellbeing and Foundations cateogry of the Teach Primary Awards!

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Summer maths quizzes from Assessment Bank

Inspired by the warm weather over the weekend we have created some summer themed quizzes to use with your class, including questions about ice creams, beaches and holidays to get your pupils in the summer spirit.

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Firework reading comprehension

Celebrate Bonfire night by starting your English lessons with a firework reading comprehension task from Assessment Bank.

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Dyslexia Awareness Week

Today marks the start of this year's Dyslexia Awareness Week and we will be updating this page with the latests SEN blogs and updates throughout the week.

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Overdue Ofsted report - our expert's predictions

It has taken a lot of hours for Ofsted to discover that the primary curriculum is skewed by SATs, that the foundation subjects are being squeezed and creative teaching is not as widespread as they hoped.  They find that timetabling is conservative, priorities are focused on the acquisition of knowledge and there is a lack of flair in some of the teaching. And, apparently, we don’t know what we mean when we say ‘skills’.

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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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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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9 things you need to know about writing assessment at KS1 and KS2

Following the DfE’s response to the assessment consultation this September, we asked  English and assessment adviser Shareen Mayers to share her thoughts on the changes to the teacher assessment framework for writing at key stages 1 and 2.

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How preparing for the SATs is like training for a marathon

Thanks to Cerys Hadwin-Owen, Assessment Publisher for RS Assessment for Hodder Education, for the following article.

On the face of it, training for a marathon and preparing for SATs might seem like completely different experiences. However many assessment experts have recognised the similarities between sport and assessment in the past (including Daisy Christodoulou in her latest book). Here at RS Assessment from Hodder Education, we find it really helpful when explaining to schools and teachers how our wide range of assessment resources work together, and amidst the very valid concerns around over-testing that face both primary and secondary schools in the current climate, we feel it’s an analogy worth sharing.

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