Case Studies

Teacher, Torquay

The tests gave us a good idea of where the children were in their learning and what prior knowledge they had. They were very useful to inform our planning!The tests were simple to conduct and were challenging enough to differentiate the high achieving children from the low achieving children.

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Teacher, Dubai

Teachers’ were also able to notice trends and gaps in knowledge to support their medium and short term planning. As there is no formal curriculum assessment available in science, the assessments have been valuable in supporting teacher judgement through a mixture of scientific knowledge, understanding and application style questioning. Rising Stars assessments have successfully supported us through an outstanding inspection as part of a robust and responsive assessment suite.

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Deputy Head, Gloucestershire

We use the tests in all four subjects to show where the specific gaps are in the class’s knowledge to help us plan the next steps for their learning.

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Head Teacher, Sandwell

We use the Progress Tests to record achievement and reach a judgement as to whether each child is at, above or below age related expectations.

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Teacher, Chislehurst

We all feel that this will make analysis and target setting much smoother going forward. For example, now a low score on a text will indicate a relative weakness whereas before we would have to do question analysis to find this out.

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Assistant Principal, Norfolk

By using the Progress Tests, staff have easily been able to identify gaps, misconceptions and common areas for development, and adapt their teaching to ensure that these gaps are filled.

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Teacher, Torquay

Staff felt they were a fair indicator of where the children were in terms of ability and using the comprehension in Year 1 gave a better understanding to these teachers of the independence needed and the standard which is expected at the end of key stage 1.

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Ione Branton, Author of GPS Progress Tests Years 2 and 3

The new second edition of the Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Progress tests are designed to help gauge and monitor the progress of individual pupils. The tests are designed to fit seamlessly with the new National Curriculum helping pupils become familiar with the question format and types that occur in the Statutory Assessment Tests.

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Maddy Barnes, English Consultant

Written by a team of subject experts, the new English Progress Tests reflect the style and difficulty of both the KS1 and KS2 SATs. There are a wide range of question types presented in different ways to mirror SATs and to offer teachers opportunities to consolidate learning.

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Sarah-Anne Fernandes, Series Editor

The revised Maths Progress Tests effectively draw together the two key components (arithmetic and reasoning) that are assessed in the SATs through one short half termly Progress Test. The tests are structured so there is a greater emphasis on Number overall as per the SATs.

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Trevor Dixon, Maths Progress Tests author

The revised Progress Tests have been updated; all questions are new with an emphasis on reasoning and problem solving with more 2-mark questions and the introduction of 3-mark questions; and a balance between arithmetic and reasoning questions that reflects the latest SATs.

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Why Christ Church CE Primary School have upgraded to the Second Edition GPS Progress Tests

We have found that the Second Edition GPS Progress Tests are particularly well-matched to the SATs questions seen in the 2018 Key Stage 2 SATs, and that they reflect the full range of types of questions currently being used.

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