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Assessment

Statements of SEN and EHC plans 2019

On 30th May 2019 the DfE published data on the number of children with an education, health and care (EHC) plan or statement of special educational needs.

Summary

  • As of January 2019, 354,000 children have EHC plans maintained by local authorities.
  • The number of EHC plans has increased by 11% from 2018 to 2019.  34,2000 young people had EHC plans in 2018.
  • Children aged 11-15 account for the largest percentage of young people with EHC plans (36%).

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Assessment

2019 Key Stage 2 National Test Materials

On 28th May 2019, the DfE publicly released the test materials from this year’s Key Stage 2 National Tests.

The test papers and mark schemes for all subjects can be found here:

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Curriculum

Education Secretary Damian Hinds Announces Character Panel

The Education Secretary has announced a Character panel to find ways to help young people develop character and resilience. Find out more with our blog and see how Character Education: The Star Awards Programme can help your school. 

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Curriculum

It's all about the book: how studying a whole text is the key to greater depth reading and writing in English

In this blog, Maggie McGuigan (Series Editor and author of Read in to Writing), explains why studying a whole book is key to raising attainment in English and achieving that all important 'greater depth'.

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Curriculum

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek Top Tips for Dealing with Stress: Day Five

Maintaining a healthy body can help promote a healthy mind. Our award-winning whole school PE, health and fitness programme Champions includes strategies and activities for developing children’s mental health and wellbeing. Scroll down to download sample lesson plans from Champions Year 6 unit ‘Healthy mind: healthy body’ to try with your class this #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.
 

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Curriculum

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek Top Tips for Dealing with Stress: Day Four

We know that SATs week can be a pressured time for children. In Reading Planet’s My How to be Happy Scrapbook, Jo records ways to be happy and overcome stress and worry as part of a school project. With SATs week coinciding with #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek this year, we’ve picked out a few of Jo’s tips for you to share with your child. 

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Assessment

Assessment and the new Ofsted framework

On 14th May, the DfE published the new Ofsted framework which will apply from September 2019.  This framework sets out Ofsted's inspection principles and summarises the main judgements that inspectors make.

 

Summary of how the new framework will affect assessment

School's use of assessment

  • To avoid the misuse or overuse of assessments, inspectors will evaluate how assessment is used in the school to support the teaching of the curriculum but not substantially increase teachers' workloads.
  • Inspectors will look at whether schools' collections of attainment or progress data are proportionate , represent an efficient use of school resources, and are sustainable for staff.
  • Schools using more than two or three data collection points a year should have clear reasoning for what interpretations and actions are informed by the frequency of collection.
  • If a school's assessment system for data collection is disproportionate, ineffective or unsustainable for staff, inspectors will reflect this in their reporting.

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Curriculum

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek Top Tips for Dealing with Stress: Day Three

Our sister publisher Galore Park offer a wealth of top tips and strategies for dealing with exam stress and building pupil confidence on their blog. We’ve compiled their top 5 wellbeing blogs for you to browse this #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.

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Curriculum

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek Top Tips for Dealing with Stress: Day Two

At Rising Stars, we believe that developing wellbeing and character is an important part of growing up.  This includes helping children develop resilience and moral compass. To help you with this we’ve put together a few wellbeing lesson ideas and strategies for you to try with your class this #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.

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Curriculum

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek Top Tips for Dealing with Stress: Day One

Our sister publisher Franklin Watts and Wayland publishes a series of mindfulness books titled Mindful Me. This series explores how a mindful attitude to life can enhance enjoyment, promote a sense of calm and confidence, and provide young people with a 'friend for life'. We’ve compiled a few mindfulness exercises for you to try with your children this #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.

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