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Summer Term 2017 English Updates  @kashleyenglish



National Updates – DFE, STA, Ofsted and EEF news/ publications

Latest updates from the STA – all of the updates from the STA, listed by date, can be found using the following link:

STA Assessment Update – Published weekly (on Tuesdays) and emailed to primary schools
KS1 Phonics screening check: 2017 materials Updated 26 June 2017

KS2 tests: How to access results and test scripts Updated 20 June 2017

KS2 tests: applying for a review of pupils’ test results Updated 20 June 2017

National curriculum assessments: practice materials Updated 6 June 2017

2017 KS1 scaled score conversion table Updated 6 June 2017

KS2 test materials (2017 and 2016 tests) Published 22 May 2017

Information for parents about National curriculum assessments Updated 28 March 2017

Latest updates from the DFE – all of the updates from the DFE, listed by date, can be found using the following link:

National Statistics: National curriculum assessments KS2, 2016 (includes breakdowns by pupil characteristics) Updated 22 June 2017
What maintained schools must published online (website requirements) Updated 16 June 2017

New report with practical advice for teachers on pupil behaviour – ‘Creating a culture: how school leaders can optimise behaviour’ (Tom Bennett) Published 24 March 2017

Press release  Download the publication following this link:

Latest updates from OFSTED – all Ofsted announcements can be found following this link  

New Chair of the Ofsted board announced – Professor

Julius Weinberg (Announced by Amanda Spielman, HMCI)

Published 11 April 2017  

Latest research updates from the EEF (Education Endowment Foundation)

New Literacy guidance reports – Improving literacy in KS1,

Improving literacy in KS2

*Preparing for Literacy (EY) due Autumn 2017

Published 28 April 2017 s/guidancereports/

EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit – Are you looking to trial a new approach/ strategy to improve English in your school?

Check the toolkit to see what the research says. s/teachinglearningtoolkit/
EEF Early Years Toolkit – An accessible summary of educational research for Early Years teaching s/earlyyearstoolkit/
DIY Evaluation Guide – A resource to support evaluation of small scale research projects in schools s/diyguide/gettingstarted/
EEF Free online training package – Making the best use of teaching assistants fpublishesfreeonlinecoursetosupportschoolsimplementnewevidence/

Other Updates / Key Research


Exemplification materials for reading, writing and maths –

NAHT/ Life After Levels/ Frog Education

‘KPIs’ (Key Performance Indicators) for reading, writing and maths – NAHT assessment framework materials

The Communication Trust Report ‘Talking about a Generation’ – Policy, evidence and practice for speech, language and communication 7/tct_talkingaboutageneration_report_online.pdf
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EEF – Education Endowment Foundation updates
Research schools network – Sign up to receive the free newsletter (closest RSN school is Huntington School, York)
Huntington Research school newsletter


Teacher Development Trust newsletter
Chartered College of Teaching blog
Booktrust E-newsletter sign up
NLT – National Literacy Trust news and updates   Latest news 8 December 2016


UKLA – United Kingdom Literacy Association news
NATE – National Association for teachers of English




Upcoming Professional Development opportunities

Detail Key Dates/ Contact
Star Learning Alliance Events – Further detail can be found on the website (password is STAR2017)
STAR TSA School direct mentor training 11 July, Appleton Roebuck, 830am-12pm
STAR TSA School direct trainee induction 13 July, Monk Fryston, 1pm-530pm
STAR 2017 Spelling Bee 11 July, Barkston Ash, 10am
STAR Heads Operational Meeting 14 July, TBC, 330pm-530pm

Other local/ national courses and events

Research Ed – York

Michael Tidd, John Tomsett, Alex Quigley and many more! (Primary and Secondary)

8 July, Huntington School, York, £21

Michael Rosen’s Reading Revolution 23 September, Goldsmiths University of London, £80

Lead, Learn, Lancs – Teaching and Learning conference 30 Sept, Oswaldtwistle BB53EA, £10 #LLL17

NAHT Early Years conference – Sue Robb and Gill Jones 6 October, Birmingham

One Education Literacy Conference – Mat

Tobin, Liz Chamberlain, Simon Smith, John Murray

12 October, Manchester, Early bird price of £209 available until 12 Sept
Norfolk Children’s Book Centre Conference –

Frank Cottrell Boyce, Miranda McKearney, David Reedy, Alexis Deacon, Jon Biddle, Rob Smith and more!

15 Nov, The Holiday Inn Norwich Airport, £150

Other Useful Resources

Age-related texts – Useful websites that provide lists of books that are ‘age-related’
Adrian Chambers questions –

Support for reading response
Andy Buck’s blog – ‘Making the most of meetings’ (top tips)
Article on the importance of being a ‘teacher reader’
A new ‘membership’ site – access to planning and resources