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3rd December - The Queen's Handbag

For the 3rd day of December, we're sharing a great lesson idea based on Steve Antony's The Queen's Handbag,  focusing on prepositions and composition. 

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2nd December - Mapping Europe

For the 12 days of advent, Rising Stars are bringing you a fantastic English lesson plan idea to use with your pupils. Today's is based on Paul Rockett's Close-up Continents: Mapping Europe. Our thanks to Maddy Barnes, Assistant Head Teacher at Sacred Heart Catholic School and English Consultant, for her superb lesson plan!

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Choosing texts for more able children

Teacher and author Vicky Burrill looks at the challenges of choosing texts for more able children.

She writes: It can be a minefield.  Balancing trickier and more complex language with a suitable subject matter can be very hard. Jumping a year or two ahead in vocabulary often means that the topic of the book is too advanced. In this instance, classics are a great option as they offer solid stories, detailed settings and characters but lack the shocking issues or grown up topics of many modern books for older children. 

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E-safety competition - we visit the winning school!

Back in the summer term, the Switched on Computing team ran an e-safety competition to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology. We sent out a free e-safety poster to all schools, challenging children to design their own e-safety poster! The brief was clear – it needed to be colourful and eye-catching with a strong e-safety message.

After much consideration, the judging panel (including HES and Switched on Computing author Miles Berry), announced Alex from Smawthorne Henry Moore Primary School in Castleford as the winner! They were really impressed with the creative design, attention to detail and the positive e-safety message. As a prize, the poster was recreated by one of our top designers and professionally printed.

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SEN and Working Memory

Difficulties with Working Memory can create barriers to children achieving in reading, writing, maths, and learning across the curriculum.

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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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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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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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