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https://www.gov.uk/reception-baseline-assessment-guide-to-signing-up-your-school 

If any of you lucky people are going to be affected by the new baselines...
We are introducing a baseline assessment in reception year, the reception baseline, to improve how we measure primary schools' progress. Government-funded schools that wish to use the reception baseline assessment from September 2015 should sign up by the end of April.
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Yay or Nay?
Tests for children in reception are designed to give baseline measure of abilities upon entering formal education
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Outrageous.  
Four and five-year-olds to face basic literacy and reasoning tests within weeks of starting school
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Some different ideas...
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Some useful website links across the age ranges. Teachers love new websites! Well I do. 
Learning about 3D shapes is a great opportunity for a range of hands-on activities that will ensure your students know their cubes from their cuboids and prisms from their pyramids
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Happy Christmas everyone!
Peter Ormerod: Darkly compelling Bible stories are too often presented as twee, sentimental affairs, and all anyone cares about is who plays Mary and Joseph
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Apologies for the slight lack of input lately! Great to see more new people joining! 
A quick checklist for misguided souls who toss out offhanded comments to teachers they meet.
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Michael Gove was talking yesterday about extending the school day, potentially to 6pm. What are peoples opinions of this? Personally I can see where he's coming from about extending the day, I'm not quite sure how I manage to fit everything in now, but it would have to be so carefully thought out for the progression of all the children and the sanity of all the teachers. 
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With the schoolday finishing at 3 I am already working almost 60 hours a week in term time and 30 hour weeks through much of the holidays. I can't see how I could cope with a longer teaching day. The only way a longer schoolday could work would be if there was a significant increase in staff. Somehow I can't see that being funded by government.
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What we all aim to be?
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Helpful advice. I think you have to judge differentiation on the class you have though. I don't think you can just apply these across the primary curriculum.
Even if your school organises classes according to ability, you still need to think about differentiation. Teacher Rachael Stevens shares her tips for practical and efficient adaptations
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I know that the whole level thing is still very much in the air but this website continues to be of support for the meanwhile. 
shows web content acquired for preservation by The National Archives. External links, forms and search may not work in archived websites and contact details are likely to be out of date. More about the UK Government Web Archive · See all dates available for this archived website ...
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Happy christmas to everyone! 
Advent has officially begun and we have some fantastically festive teaching resources to help you breeze through these last weeks of term
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