Assessing the impact: learning in a changing landscape

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We recently commissioned a study with educational analyst, ImpactEd, to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education in the UK, US and Australia. Our aim was to understand the effect that remote and blended learning is having on student motivation and the role of technology to help address this going forward. We’re excited to finally be able to share the key learnings from the paper. 

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What's the WriQ score?

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The WriQ score is a recognised writing standard, establishing common expectations in writing assessment and achievement at a state or country level by the end of a designated grade level or year group. By gathering over 80,000 writing samples from students across grade levels and scored then by teachers, the WriQ score provides a meaningful number to help teachers know how well their students are writing by taking into account several useful metrics along with a national norms comparison. 


Keep reading to learn how the score is calculated… 

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Uncovering the inner writer

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Motivating students to engage in writing instruction can be tough. Creating goals that they can work towards can often help to set them off on the right path for success. In this blog we take a look at some simple tools and tricks that you can share with your students to help them bring out their inner author.

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Blended Learning Jungle Recap: creating meaningful learning experiences

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On August 18 - 20, we hosted a virtual conference called ‘Design and Delivery in the Blending Learning Jungle. Over the course of three days and more than 16 hours of sessions on Writing, STEM and Reading, there was a lot of information for our attendees to take in. With a focus on helping teachers prepare for remote or hybrid learning, many speakers talked about the right technology to engage students. But, through these discussions, another important message emerged: no matter what technology you do (or don’t) use, teachers must ensure that learning remains meaningful.

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Edtech - the route to equality for SEN learners?

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For many years, EdTech tools have served as learning supports for students who require additional attention from teachers or have special educational needs. Far from mainstream, they were implemented to aid teachers already being pulled in multiple directions.
 
However, as the emphasis is increasingly placed on inclusion and understanding the way individuals learn, we are seeing these same tools flooding into classrooms, with positive results for students across the board.

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