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Should we be assessing our students during this time of school closures?

By James Bell, Director of Professional Services

With schools closed but learning continuing, many school and school trust leaders have reached out to us to ask whether Star Assessments can be administered remotely. Here, our Director of Professional Services, James Bell, shares the reasons why schools wish to administer assessments during school closures and the things that should be considered.

What kind of analytics does a classroom teacher need?

By Joshua Perry,

We asked Joshua Perry, education technology expert and entrepreneur, to write a series of blogs about analytics and assessment. This is the second instalment, which looks at the types of analytics that a classroom teachers needs – and what they don’t.

Why bother with school analytics?

By Joshua Perry,

We asked Joshua Perry, education technology expert and entrepreneur, to write a series of blogs about analytics and assessment. This is the first instalment, which looks at the role analytics play in schools.

Engaging Families with Accelerated Reader and myON

By Ruth Atkinson, Marketing Assistant

This is part of our webinar series of blogs: covering topics that are particularly useful during the coronavirus pandemic while schools are closed and the vast majority of students and educators are working from home. This blog covers some key resources that you can share with your students and their families to help get everyone engaged with students’ reading progress.

Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary

By Lee Burkwood,

It’s Earth Day’s 50th anniversary! In this blog, Lee shares some some great fiction and non-fiction titles that are sure to get kids exploring issues around climate change and the Earth.

Webinars: the new Twilight Zone?

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

In this blog, Margaret introduces webinars and why they’re useful in times like these while schools are closed.

Business (not quite) as usual in the Content Team

By Cecelia Powell, Managing Editor

In these unprecedented times of COVID-19 and working from home, we have had to make some changes to our quiz writing process. Cecelia, our Managing Editor, shares the details in this blog post.

WKAR Quiz Writers’ Choice Awards shortlist 2020

By Krista Culbertson, Editor

It’s that time of year again where we announce the shortlist for the What Kids Are Reading Quiz Writers’ Choice Awards! Every academic school year, the What Kids Are Reading report offers insight to what books school children have read and enjoyed the most. The Quiz Writers’ Choice Award is given to the authors who were the […]

Top tips on whole-class guided reading

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

In this blog, Education Specialist Margaret Allen shares how whole-class guided reading can aid workload and make a positive impact on children’s reading development, with some practical tips on how to implement it in your class.

Our partnership with the Seychelles: one year in the making

By Ruth Atkinson, Marketing Assistant

We signed a three-year agreement with the Seychelles earlier this year! Here’s how we reached this point.

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