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Primary Assessment Consultation Outcomes - view from the classroom

It’s always amazing how one department can have such contrasting views on matters. Days after the primary assessment & accountability consultation closed - all the way back in October – Michael Gove was making comparisons between rising GCSE outcomes and Soviet economics ministers massaging the figures. He spoke about ministers “lying” to children about increases in grades awarded. With “comparable outcomes” rules, the department made clear that standards are not expected to rise at all at GCSE level except in exceptional circumstances.

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Pupil progress and rising floor targets

Maddy Barnes looks at how schools will manage to keep pace with rising floor targets in English whilst continuing to spin all of the other plates.

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March Maths Challenge

In the National Curriculum children are supposed to work with multiples and factors from Year 4. However, multiples and factors are important elements of multiplication and division, so there is no reason why these words can’t be introduced to the children in earlier years. Activities like the one below, which is designed for children in Year 5, are helpful ways to practice multiplication and division facts for the tables that you are focussing on with your class. You simply need to use different labels and numbers!

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Using eBooks in school - tips for success!

Here at Rising Stars, we are committed to helping schools get started with eBooks. Steve Rowley, primary school teacher and ICT consultant at Birmingham City Learning Centre, has put together some handy guides on using eBooks in the classroom.

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We are ERA finalists!

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for three ERA awards! Primary Resource including ICT: Switched on Science. Primary Resource non-ICT: Guinness World Records: Record-Breaking Comprehension. Marketing Campaign of the Year: Switched on Computing

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NAHT Commission on Assessment report now out

An introduction by Lord Stewart Sutherland from the report from the NAHT Commission on Assessment which has very recently been published.


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The new floor targets for primary schools - what schools need to know

Ofsted inspectors are now using the DfE 2013 floor standards when they inspect primary schools. At inspection they will compare a school’s 2013 performance data with the 2013 floor standards for achievement and progress. To be judged as above the floor standard for progress, schools just need to exceed the median percentage for one of reading, writing or mathematics.

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Info Active – Looks like an amazing Data Infographic Mashup Thing

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