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TES SEN Show 2015

The TES SEN Show 2015 is fast approaching, and we're very excited! Make sure that you've signed up to the event, and the fantastic TeachMeet planned for Friday 9th October after the show.

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Register for FREE Working Scientifically CPD course

Join Rising Stars and the National Science Learning Centre for a free online science CPD course on Working Scientifically!

We are delighted to invite you to a free online science CPD course hosted by Rising Stars and the National Science Learning Centre. 

This course will explain what working scientifically means in the new curriculum and will provide practical activities to support you in the classroom. All attendees of the complete course will receive a CPD certificate of attendance from the NSLC.

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Teaching additive reasoning

With thanks to Nick Hart, Deputy Headteacher at Penn Wood Primary School in Slough, for this really interesting article on teachng additive reasoning.

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Preparing pupils for the non-fiction text in the KS2 SATs

Non-fiction texts have always been part of both the KS1 and KS2 reading tests. However, as the sample materials and new frameworks have been released we will need to ensure that pupils are taught comprehension skills in line with the content domains. 

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Preparing pupils for the non-fiction text in the KS1 SATs

Non-fiction texts have always been part of both the KS1 and KS2 reading tests. However, as the sample materials and new frameworks have been released what can we do to ensure that pupils are taught comprehension skills in line with the content domains? Maddy Barnes, Deputy Head and English Marker on the Expert Panel at the DFE for the 2016 tests takes a closer look. 

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The Commission’s Assessment without Levels report and interim teacher assessment frameworks now publ

The Commission’s Assessment without Levels report and interim teacher assessment frameworks now published!

Today has been a bumper day in the world of primary school assessment. In addition to the final report from the Commission on Assessment without Levels and the government’s response, we have also seen the release of the interim frameworks for teacher assessment at key stages 1 and 2. Here is a quick summary of what you can find in each report along with links for more information.

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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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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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Ofsted publish the new inspection framework for education, skills and early years

Ofsted have today published the new inspection framework for education, skills and early years which takes effect from this September.

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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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