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STA Assessment Update: 19th June 2018
19 Jun
Key stage 1 Reminder: maintain the security and confidentiality of the phonics screening check Schools can administer the phonics screening check to any pupils who were absent last week until Friday 22 June. Remember to store completed answer sheets securely after the check so they are accessible for any monitoring visits. Unused check materials must also be stored securely until Monday 25 June. Please refer to this guidance on keeping materials secure. Reminder: submit the phonics screening check headteacher's declaration form by 28 June You must complete and submit the phonics screening check headteacher's declaration form (HDF) after your school has administered the check. You must still complete the HDF even if all pupils are working below the standard of the check. The form is available in the 'Headteacher's declaration forms' section of NCA tools and must be submitted by Thursday 28 June. Reminder: submit the key stage 1 headteacher's declaration form by 28 June You must complete and submit the key stage 1 HDF to confirm that the tests were administered and marked according to the published guidance and the results have been used to inform teacher assessment, or that any issues have been reported to STA. The form is available in the 'Headteacher's declaration forms' section of NCA tools and must be submitted by Thursday 28 June. Primary assessment Action: complete our communications survey by 13 July Please complete our annual STA communications survey by Friday 13 July. It should take less than 10 minutes to complete and will provide invaluable feedback to help us continue to improve our communications. Action: complete our teacher assessment survey by 20 July Please complete this short survey about teacher assessment and the standardisation process. The survey should take around 10 minutes to complete and will close on Friday 20 July. Publication: guidance for writing statutory end of year reports We've published guidance for schools about writing statutory end of year reports for parents at the end of key stage 1 (KS1) and key stage 2 (KS2). Reports must include comparative information about the attainment of pupils of the same age in your school and nationally. To help schools, we've published a KS1 template in which you can populate your school's overall results. We'll publish a KS2 template when we return results to schools, on Tuesday 10 July.
Ready, Steady, Go... Guidance on School Readiness
18 Jun
Despite the term ‘School Readiness’ being widely used, there is no clearly agreed national definition. This potentially leads to an inconsistent approach to supporting children to be “ready” for school. For example there is debate about whether school readiness refers to the child being ready for transition into Year One, or into the Reception year (YR). In this guidance, developed by a working party from Bath & North East Somerset Children’s Centre and Early Years Services, school readiness refers to transition into YR.
Early Years Matters News Round Up June 2018
18 Jun
Early Years Matters News Round Up June 2018
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20 Jun
Better Maths Project - KS2 Teacher Development Session 6
Invitations have been sent to identified schools to join in a project aimed at improving progress in mathematics. Strategic data analysis carried out by the local authority has identified that for the past three years key stage 1 to key stage 2 value added for Bath and North East Somerset has been low, especially in mathematics. This is also shown in individual school data for 2015 where only 4 schools had progress which was significantly above the national value, whilst 15 schools had progress significantly below national. This issue has been raised as a concern in reports to councillors and they have agreed to make this a priority. For this reason we have set up a mathematics project aimed at improving learning, teaching and progress in mathematics. We have used mathematics data for the past three years and Ofsted key issues to identify schools that might benefit from joining this project and have commissioned Sarah Savage, who will shortly be joining the team at the Teaching School, to lead it. She will be seeking to identify issues and work with you and your mathematics leads to support improvement over the next year. We are intending that this project would be an opportunity for schools to work together over a period of time to build sustained improvement in mathematics. Tom Morrison, who has taken over from Lin Bartlett as Senior School Improvement Adviser and has a background in mathematics teaching, will be working with Sarah and you to monitor the project. The attached questionnaire is designed to help us identify the key issues for schools in designing the project.
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20 Jun
EYFS - QUEST Cluster Meeting for Childminders
Wednesday 20th June 2018 - 7pm - 8.30pm - Marksbury Village Hall, Marksbury Quest is a self-evaluation framework that offers flexibility to meet the needs of your individual setting.
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20 Jun
Food Standards - The statutory duty of the Governing Body
This training will bring you up to date with your statutory duties when providing school meals as well as food at breakfast clubs, mid-morning break and after school clubs. The training will include an interactive session on providing food that meets the School Food Standards and how you can work with catering providers to ensure you are serving compliant food across the school day. It will also include a refresher on the provision of Universal Infant Free School Meals and food to those eligible for Pupil Premium.