A week in
Teachers have submitted more than 6,000 pupils’ practice test results to a national database so they can find out how they compare with others’ as they prepare for the new “tougher” Sats. The project is being run by Michael Tidd, deputy head of Edgewood primary in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, and allows teachers to input results and see how many children would pass depending on an arbitrary pass mark (see bit.ly/SatsPractice). Mr Tidd is also asking for estimates on how many Year 6 pupils are able to reach the three main standards in writing (bit.ly/WritingPredictions).
Primary teacher Hanan Al Hroub, from Samiha Khalil School in the West Bank, has been awarded the Global Teacher Prize worth $1 million (£705,989) for her work with children who have been exposed to violence. Ms Al Hroub, who grew up in a Bethlehem refugee camp, promotes the slogan “no to violence”. She uses a specialist play-based approach with children that she developed herself to encourage respectful relationships (see bit.ly/GlobalTeachPrize).
The first Primary Rocks Live conference is due to open tomorrow with a question-and-answer session with the shadow secretary of state for education, Lucy Powell. The one-day training event, at Medlock Primary School, Manchester, has been organised after the success of the Monday evening Twitter chat #primaryrocks, which is run by Gaz Needle, assistant head and Year 2 teacher at St Joseph’s RC primary, Oldham, and Rob Smith, who runs the Literacy Shed blog. It will be streamed on the Primary Rocks YouTube channel, which can be found at bit.ly/PrimaryRocks
A new research project aims to find out whether playing with toys representing different races could help children to be more accepting of immigrant classmates. Psychologists from Goldsmiths, University of London, will carry out the study with pupils aged between 5 and 9 (see bit.ly/ToyResearch).