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Ofsted requirements - what you need to know

Ofsted have released a new document advising schools of their requirements. It looks to dispel common myths and highlights activities which are not required by Ofsted. 

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Your guide to the new SEND Code of Practice

Find out what's new, what transitional arrangements have been made and what you need to do to implement the new SEND reforms in the brand new 'In a Nutshell Understanding the SEND Code of Practice 2014'.

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Parents' Guide to the New National Curriculum

Deputy Head Michael Tidd has written this comprehensive guide to the new National Curriculum just for parents.              


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How Purple Mash can complement the Switched on Computing Scheme

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New National Curriculum for Music

The Incorporated Society of Musicians have published an assessment and progression framework, complete with wall chart, to help schools prepare for the new National Curriculum. 

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'Highly engaging and motivating' - new case study for Switched on Science

Walton le Dale Primary School have been using Switched on Science for the last few months - read what they had to say about it!

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Switched on Science lesson plan

Switched on Science lesson plan Switched on Science is an exciting new resource for the new primary science curriculum. One of the authors, Rosemary Feasey, has put together this suggested lesson plan to use in the classroom! 

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Join a computing webinar!

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New Key Stage 2 tests from 2016

Following its release of consultation outcomes last week, the DfE has now released its test specifications for the new National Curriculum tests. Michael Tidd, a middle school teacher from West Sussex, outlines the proposals for the new Key Stage 2 tests from Summer 2016.

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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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