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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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March Maths Challenge

In the National Curriculum children are supposed to work with multiples and factors from Year 4. However, multiples and factors are important elements of multiplication and division, so there is no reason why these words can’t be introduced to the children in earlier years. Activities like the one below, which is designed for children in Year 5, are helpful ways to practice multiplication and division facts for the tables that you are focussing on with your class. You simply need to use different labels and numbers!

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Using eBooks in school - tips for success!

Here at Rising Stars, we are committed to helping schools get started with eBooks. Steve Rowley, primary school teacher and ICT consultant at Birmingham City Learning Centre, has put together some handy guides on using eBooks in the classroom.

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NAHT Commission on Assessment report now out

An introduction by Lord Stewart Sutherland from the report from the NAHT Commission on Assessment which has very recently been published.


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Info Active – Looks like an amazing Data Infographic Mashup Thing

Info Active – Looks like an amazing Data Infographic Mashup Thing Read more »

Denise Hart - a new Rising Star!

We are delighted to confirm that Denise Hart has joined Rising Stars as Operations Director.

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Unit 2.4 introduction: We are time travellers

Unit 2.4 introduction: We are time travellers Read more »
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