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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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Primary PE & Sport Premium to double from September 2017

The DfE have announced that they will be doubling the PE & Sport Premium funding available to primary schools, starting this Autumn. 

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Making the most of your PE and Sport Premium Funding

Are you making the most of your PE and Sport Premium Funding? Gill Cameron, a physical education specialist with 16 years of practical teaching experience across both primary and secondary phases tells you all you need to know about using this funding in the latest issue of 'In a Nutshell'. Read more »

14th December - Room for a Little One

Martin Waddell's Room for a Little One is the basis of today's free English lesson plan!

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2nd December - Mapping Europe

For the 12 days of advent, Rising Stars are bringing you a fantastic English lesson plan idea to use with your pupils. Today's is based on Paul Rockett's Close-up Continents: Mapping Europe. Our thanks to Maddy Barnes, Assistant Head Teacher at Sacred Heart Catholic School and English Consultant, for her superb lesson plan!

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Working Memory and Attention

Difficulties with concentrating means that children aren’t able to use their Working Memory to process and make sense of information in class, which can lead to underachievement across the curriculum, including literacy and numeracy.

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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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Why should children be doing Pilates?

Our guest blogger Dan King, Head of Physical Education at Corpus Christi Primary School, discusses the benefits of teaching Pilates in school. 

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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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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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