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How Tennyson Road Primary are using Rising Stars resources

Tennyson Road Primary is a 3-form entry, ‘Outstanding’ primary school in Luton. They achieved fantastic results in the 2016 national tests with 100% of Year 6 children getting a scaled score of 100 or more. Of their success, Head teacher Hilary Power told us: “How do we get our results? Yes we have fab teachers, but we couldn't do it without fab resources!
 
The school has been using a broad range of Rising Stars resources, spanning across both curriculum and assessment, for over six years. Carla Gotch, Assistant Head teacher, has kindly shared feedback about some of the school’s favourite resources below.  

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Testing times

In a world without levels, with APP scrapped, and a new assessment landscape suddenly emerging, it's sometimes hard to know where to turn. Schools up and down the country are working on a whole host of different models for in-school assessment, and without the common language of the old world, it sometimes seems hard to know how our own systems relate to the wider world.

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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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Primary school children perform well overall in this year’s KS2 national tests

As the new autumn term approaches, many schools will be interested to hear the latest announcement from the Department for Education which states that primary school children have performed well overall in this year’s key stage 2 national tests, with four out of five children achieving good results in all subjects.

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A deputy head’s perspective on mastery

With thanks to Michael Tidd for this very thought-provoking guest post

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What we know – and what we don’t – about primary assessment

With this year’s National Tests now over, our minds can’t help but turn to the next round of statutory assessments and the challenges they bring. We understand that this is a topic of uncertainty for schools, so we asked Deputy Headteacher Michael Tidd to share his knowledge on what we currently know – and what we don’t – about primary assessment in the new curriculum. 

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Keldmarsh Primary School wins £1000 of Rising Stars resources!

We are delighted to announce that Keldmarsh Primary School has won £1000 of Rising Stars resources! 

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