Assessing Primary Languages by interpreting the requirements of the KS2 Programmes of Study

The most effective way of ensuring progress in Foreign Languages among your KS2 pupils is by breaking the Programmes of Study into achievable, understandable objectives, creating a unified tracking approach which can then be used by any KS2 teacher to plan their lessons.

How do you translate the vague curriculum requirements such as ‘speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures’ into a four year scheme of work?

And then, how do you record progress when the national curriculum does not provide much guidance?

It is with these questions in mind that we have developed Assessing Primary Languages – a resource that supports both specialist and non-specialist teachers of primary languages in interpreting the requirements of the KS2 Programme of Study and measuring pupils’ progress.

Classroom teachers and subject leaders will find this resource invaluable, not least because the tried and tested framework is a rigorous tool which can be used for planning, but also because teachers are given help with deciding what ʻsubstantial progressʼ actually looks like.

The framework is clearly laid out and breaks the Programme of Study into smaller areas which are then cross-referenced across four stages, so the task of assessing all aspects of the Programme of Study has never been easier.

Assessing Primary Languages also contains a large number of creative and adaptable ready-to-use activities, including those which can be used to support you in measuring your pupils’ progress for each area and at each stage.

To find out more or to order Assessing Primary Languages for £37.89 (exc. VAT), please visit Alternatively, you can contact us by phone on 01449 766629 or by email at

Brilliant Publications,
Mendlesham Industrial Estate,
Norwich Road,
IP14 5ND.


phone: 01449 766629
fax: 01449 767122

Can you really get a ‘bespoke’ Primary School assessment system for less than many off-the-shelf systems?

Yes you can! – with support from our Primary Progress toolkit.

Our system is flexible enough to allow schools to create their own assessment policy, and MAT managements to compare their schools’ progress and attainment.

Schools can:

pick their own subjects and curriculum statements/objectives (the toolkit can import these or provide a default set to edit).

agree their own assessment grades, which define pupils’ steps towards mastering the curriculum: we have schools who use 3 steps (e.g. emerging, expected, exceeding) 4 or 5 steps (e.g. below, towards, at expected, at greater depth), even 9 and 12 point numeric scales.

use a quick and easy way for teachers to record their assessments (the toolkit provides this).

set Age Related Expectations or Targets for each term/year (the toolkit has a simple way to set these).

analyse which pupils are making expected progress and which need support to get them on track (the toolkit provides multiple reports e.g statements achieved, subject attainment, combined subjects, ARE, individual pupil, whole school overview of attainment and progress, EYFS)

The MAT can get:

a dashboard giving access to all the individual school toolkits, together with overview reports which summarise results at MAT level and compare schools’ performance.

So, if you aren´t 100% satisfied with your current assessment tracking system, or if you have set up a system in Excel and are finding it time-consuming to maintain, why not check out our Online Primary Progress toolkit at

If you need more information, or would like to discuss your specific needs, please email me at

We can give you free access to a demo site, where you can try out the toolkit for yourself.

Roger Watson

Statistics for Education Ltd, 5 Bridge Street, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, CM23 2JU
Tel: 01279 652183; Email:


In the battle between the paper book and the ebook, the physical book is now winning, hands down.

They were not the figures that anyone was expecting, but the fall in the readership of ebooks first noticed two years ago has continued.  Meanwhile sales of paper books are growing.

And better still, this growth in paper book sales is not being driven by the older generation holding onto the way things used to be.  Rather it is the youngsters who are feeding a growth in the purchase of books in print.

Overall last year sales of physical books in bookshops (the best measure we have of the readership of paperbacks and hardbacks) went up by 7% while ebook sales went down by 4% for the second year running.

Which in turn means that any previous notion we had of student resistance to physical books is most certainly now in retreat.

And what we can add is that classics, such as Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and A Christmas Carol, are still being read in huge numbers.  And with brand new editions of works such as these now being available at just £1.87 each after discount with free delivery, the ebook’s appeal has declined.

To help ensure the continued dominance of the paper book we have over 400 titles in print, including over 230 works of classic literature.  Each volume contains the full text, and with the classics there is also a set of exclusive introductions and notes.

Additionally not only do we have individual titles at £1.87 but we also have the World Literature and Poetry series at just £3.99 before discount, and our complete works series for just £7.99 each.

If you would like to see a list of around 50 of the most frequently used set texts which are available direct to schools at the special price of £1.87 that is available here.

To see the full list of our titles in print along with a ready to use order form, should you need it, we have a page with those details as well.  Plus there is currently a 25% discount on all the prices shown.

But even that is not all, for we also have an offer of a free book.  Just in case the notion of books at £1.87 each with free delivery seems just too good to be true, we’d like to assure you of the quality of our publications.

So, if you would like a free sample of one of our classics, just email with your name and the school address, and we’ll put it in the post to you, with our compliments.

We look forward to hearing from you.

How play can be used to reduce disruptive behaviour

Play is complex and ambiguous.  There are many ways of classifying and analysing it.  One approach defines seven types.  It’s generally agreed that play is essential for normal child development.  It may also used in conjunction with the creative arts to heal damaged minds.

An approach has been developed in the UK, over the last fifteen years, to minimise the disruption caused by pupils who have behaviour problems and for others whose learning is undermined by emotional problems.  The Integrative Holistic model of Play Therapy now has a clinical evidence base of over 12,000 cases showing its effectiveness.  It is being used in 45 countries and over 1500 primary schools in the UK.

When therapy is delivered to the standards of Play Therapy UK, between 77% and 84% of the children show a positive change as observed by teachers and parents.

Training for SENCOs, Teachers and Teaching Assistants is available at 13 conveniently located venues in the UK.  Post Graduate awards by Leeds Beckett University.   Admission to the Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists,  accredited by the Professional Standards Authority, an independent UK government funded agency.

Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills – 15 days spread over 5 three day weekends to minimise time away from school.

One day Introduction to Play Therapy course – find out more about the model, if it’s suitable for your school and our innovative training methods.

For course details please phone Dee Rose on 01825 761143

If you would to know more about how we could help your school or about the seven different types of play:  Email me personally at

Kind regards

Monika Jephcott – Chief Executive Play Therapy UK

Maths Enrichment workshops 2017/18

World of Maths goes into schools to host maths days. We offer your pupils interactive, exciting, hands-on, problem-solving activities.

Our Maths days comprise unique displays and activities designed by qualified maths teachers.  We run 34 different activities each year, so no two visits to your school will be the same.

Activities cover a variety of Maths topics, and most activities relate to real-life situations.  Students are kept fully occupied in small groups with worksheets to write down their answers.

All abilities are catered for and promote positive attitudes towards mathematics.

An 8 page answer/follow-on booklet supplied.

We are now taking bookings for the 2017/2018 academic year.

Should you be interested in booking please email or call me. There is also more information on our website at

I look forward to hearing from you.

World of Maths UK
Free call: 0800 6124 716

How would you like free maths kit when you order scientific calculators…..?


For 22 years I was a secondary school teacher working in inner London…….. and during this time one of the most frustrating aspects of my job was students who turned up for lessons without the right kit.

Sometimes it could simply be a pen they’d forgotten or, on one occasion (when I was working in a south London school)  five minutes before the start of the GCSE maths exam, one of the candidates asked me if he could borrow a calculator ! 

So where does the free maths kit come into all this ….?     

There’s a product called the “Value Maths set”  which contains the basic equipment needed for most maths lessons …. it’s not only reasonably priced but can be a big help for both students and teachers in avoiding the disruption which may be caused when some students turn up for their lessons without the right kit.

From just £ 1.25 each, (ex vat) it contains a metal compass with half pencil, two good quality black ink pens, eraser, sharpener, 15 cm ruler, protractor, and a full length HB pencil…. All packed in a handy “exam friendly” clear PVC wallet with a zip slider.

For a limited period it’s possible to get free stocks of this product …see the website of

Signpost Educational Ltd.,  for full details or phone them on 020 7515 1797 or email: