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Part 1: New PiRA and New PUMA - A behind the scenes look at our Autumn trialling

Based on feedback from teachers like you we’re happy to be publishing brand new editions of PiRA and PUMA in Autumn 2020, otherwise known as New PiRA and New PUMA! When creating these assessments we trialled them on over 10,000 pupils per test suite, and we thought you might like to take a behind the scenes look at the process that the papers go through before they reach you. Read more »

The Engagement Model

On 27th January 2020 the DfE released draft guidance on The Engagement Model, a new form of assessment for pupils working below the standard of the national curriculum.  The Engagement Model replaces P Scales 1-4 and will become statutory from the 2020/21 academic year.

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Three schools’ strategies for improving reading speed and overall reading confidence

Our Year 6 pupils are expected to achieve ever deeper knowledge in their reading every year, but in 2019 the pace required to read and understand the three texts was thrust up a gear again. In many schools, a common focal point this academic year has been to push on children’s pace of reading (and responding) to endeavour to address the seemingly relentless challenge.

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Behaviour and Mental Health in Schools

With 10% of children and young people having a clinically diagnosable mental health issue it remains concerning that 70% have had no appropriate interventions.  The impact of this is evident in schools where Mental Health and Wellbeing is being placed high on agendas. 

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FREE firework comprehension quiz

Get ready for bonfire night by starting your English lessons with this firework themed reading comprehension quiz from Question Bank.

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Part 4: The St Barnabas Series

Join us on the fourth and final part of our journey with St Barnabas Church of England First and Middle School as we explore their use of our termly standardised assessment suites PiRA, PUMA, GAPS and NTS Assessments. St Barnabas also makes full use of MARK, our free online assessment and reporting tool trusted by over 6,000 schools.

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Part 3: The St Barnabas Series

Join us on the third part of our journey with St Barnabas Church of England First and Middle School as we explore their use of our termly standardised assessment suites PiRA, PUMA, GAPS and NTS Assessments. St Barnabas also makes full use of MARK, our free online assessment and reporting tool trusted by over 6,000 schools.

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Introducing RS Assessment's new tracking partnership programme with FFT Education

Add your PiRA, PUMA and GAPS pupil test data into Aspire Pupil Tracking.  Standardised scores are then converted automatically, in real-time, to a DfE scaled score. This is the ‘common currency’ used by Aspire Pupil Tracking to compare PiRA, PUMA and GAPS results to other tests, TAs, targets and FFT’s own benchmark estimates.

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Part 2: The St Barnabas Series

Join us on the second part of our journey with St Barnabas Church of England First and Middle School as we explore their use of our termly standardised assessment suites PiRA, PUMA, GAPS and NTS Assessments. St Barnabas also makes full use of MARK, our free online assessment and reporting tool trusted by over 6,000 schools.

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Important Changes to Access Arrangements

In August, the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) released new guidelines for access arrangements which came into effect on the 1st September.

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