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My priorities for this academic year - a deputy head's perspective

We caught up with Deputy Head Michael Tidd at the start of term to ask him what his priorities were for the year ahead and how he intended to tackle them. Here is what he kindly shared with us.

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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 quick reference guide to changes in the National Tests and what you need to know

In order to support teachers with preparation for the new National Tests, we asked Deputy Head Michael Tidd to put together a quick reference guide to the changes in the tests and what this means for teachers. 

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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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An update on our exciting collaboration with Classroom Monitor!

We are delighted 7,000 of you have already downloaded the Rising Stars Progression Frameworks. At Rising Stars we are dedicated to supporting schools through this time of unprecedented change and hope these whole-school frameworks are making life free from levels that little bit easier.

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Teacher-led commission announced

The government has announced that a teacher-led commission is to be established to enable primary schools to move away from the levels system of assessment.

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Michael Tidd tells us about his end-of-year assessment strategy

Michael Tidd is Deputy Headteacher of a primary and nursery school in Nottinghamshire, having previously taught in middle and primary schools in West Sussex. We asked him for his thoughts on summative assessment in the new curriculum.

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