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If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands!

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

Children of primary school age are still exploring and discovering at the same time as learning. They are developing at such a rate, both mentally, emotionally and physically, that the best thing we can do for them as teachers, carers or parents – is to provide enough guidance and structure to help them grow… but without stifling their own creativity or potential.

Can you predict a Progress 8 Score?

Using Star Assessments as a Progress 8 Calculator As the name suggests, Progress 8 measures the achievement of a student across eight qualifications at GSCE level – including English and Maths – and compares their achievements to the actual achievements of other pupils with similar prior attainment to create a Progress 8 score. Introduced just a […]

Can you predict an Attainment 8 Score?

Using Star Assessments as an Attainment 8 Calculator As the name suggests, Attainment 8 measures the achievement of a student across eight qualifications at GSCE level – including English and Maths – which are both double weighted. Introduced just a couple of years ago, schools have begun to seek a method of calculating the Attainment […]

Guest Blog #1: Georgina Sheridan, KS2 Teacher, Brooklands Farm Primary School

By Georgina Sheridan, KS2 Teacher

Having spent the last year working hard on an NFER (National Foundation for Educational Research) led project which has focused on the role of feedback in children’s reading development; Georgina Sheridan, a KS2 teacher at Brooklands Farm Primary School in Milton Keynes, shares some of the key learnings to date and explains why, when it comes to reporting and feedback, ‘Actions Speak Louder than Words’…

How to predict the results of a SAT Test

Using Star Assessments as a SATs monitor Every year schools in England are faced with a week of national assessments when children up and down the country have to sit their SAT tests. The results of these determine whether each child has reached an ‘expected’ standard, essentially a national performance benchmark against which schools are […]

Managing maths measurement

The role of Star as a maths tool for maths measurement While maths as a subject is inevitably easier to measure due to its objective nature (as compared with subjects such as reading), when considering the importance of validity and reliability, maths measurement can become a little more challenging to accurately manage – in both primary […]

What’s the time Mr Wolf?

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

Not quite time for the summer holidays, which means it’s no rest for the wicked (I must be very bad given my diary for the next few weeks)! On the subject of time, which I know is very precious for us primary teachers (in a recent survey by Oxford University Press (OUP), more than half of UK primary school teachers said that they do not have enough time to read and discuss books in the classroom) I wanted to share my latest tips on reading for pleasure with you all – please feel free to pass on, or get in touch with your own classroom ideas!

Guest Blog #2: Judy Grevett, Headteacher, River Beach Primary School

By Judy Grevett, Headteacher

In the second and final instalment of our current guest blog series, Judy Grevett, Headteacher at River Beach Primary School in Littlehampton, returns to finish her Accelerated Reader (AR) story so far and explains why: ‘Practice what you preach’ has played a pivotal role in embedding such a positive reading culture throughout the whole school…

Sharing is Caring

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

In the last week alone I’ve visited a School Library Service (SLS) in Essex, a Teach Meet in Marloborough and joined a session with a Federation of Small Schools in Buckinghamshire. From each and every one of these I’ve taken away a top tip for sharing – which I want to share with you.

What makes good education software specialists?

Understanding the role of education software companies   Over the past decade, technology has really come to the fore in education, supporting teaching and learning and providing access to tools which make classroom environments more engaging and productive. But when choosing which education software specialists to work with, what kind of things should you be looking […]

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