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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 ICT in the Early Years – We are Healthy

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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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Guest blog post - Go with the Flow

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Challenge Corner

Story time! Create a story about the picture, using no more than 15 words, one of which must be a number. Post your stories below or email them to oliviatanner@risingstars-uk.com, we would love to hear from you!

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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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The Gulf Education Forum through the eyes of our International Sales Manager

Thanks to Peter Oates, International Sales Manager at Rising Stars, for the latest international blog post.

I spent last week in Dubai attending the Gulf Education Forum and Educational Supplies and Solutions show. Having visited last year, we decided to exhibit this year, supported by BESA and a government grant from UK Trade and Investment (UKTI). The show likes to think of itself as BETT in the Middle East; although it’s still much smaller, it has been growing every year since it started seven years ago, and this year again saw increased attendances.

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