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Highlights from 2013/14

We thought it would be interesting to take a look back at academic year 2013/14. This page includes some highlights, our most-read articles/posts, top sellers and what to look out for in 2014/5.


Highlights | Most-read articles | Top sellers | What to look out for in 2014/5



Online Working Memory WeekOnline Working Memory Week 2013

Back in November, we held our first Online Working Memory Week. The idea was that we would have the benefits of a conference - the opportunity to learn from leading experts - without the need for anyone to leave their home/work setting.

Dr Darren Dunning, Torkel Klingberg and David Crabtree were among the presenters, with the most popular presentations including David Crabtree's Stickability, Learning Journeys and Working Memory and Dr Dunning's Working Memory Training: Is it strategic?.

The event proved a huge success, with hundreds of you attending (in a virtual world) presentations throughout the week. In fact, it was such a huge success that we are running another Online Working Memory Week later this year - we hope you will be able to join us.


Shine a Light Awards 2013/14

Celebrating the excellent best practice of professionals working with children and young people with speech, language and communication needs is at the heart of the Shine a Light Awards. Run by Pearson Assessment and The Communication Trust, we welcomed over 120 guests to our Headquarters in London for an inaugural ceremony this April. Hosted by Anne Diamond we heard about shining examples of schools, commissioning settings, youth justice teams and young people all of whom have helped to make a difference to others.

Find out about the 2013/14 winners and look out for news of the 2014/15 Awards later this year.


TES Awards LogoTES Schools Awards 2014

Pearson Assessment was delighted to be asked to sponsor the TES Schools Awards in the SEN School of the Year category for 2014. The awards were announced on the 4th July in London with host Hugh Dennis, and our very own Vice President Chris Hall presented the trophy to this year’s winner Longdon Hall School in Staffordshire. Congratulations to all the schools involved.


Launch of KeyMaths3 UK

We’ve been listening to feedback from education professionals and responded to the need for a new maths assessment in the form of KeyMaths 3 UK. Launched this January, KeyMaths3 UK can be used with students aged 6 to 16 years 11 months to assess maths skills of students, and assist in intervention planning.



Most read education-related articles

Dr Darren Dunning's 10 papers on working memory you should read

Dr Darren Dunning's top tips for better Cogmed Training

Meet the expert: Barry Johnson

Meet the expert: David Crabtree

Meet the expert: Louis Coffait


And from the blog:

Guest Blog Post: David Bartram on The Changing Landscape in SEND

Kate Jones from Thetford Grammar School talks about her plans for Cogmed





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What to look out for in 2014/15?

New policy

The new 0 to 25 special needs system including the new Education, Health and Care plans

Launch of the new national curriculum from September 2014



Online Working Memory Week 2014

Shine a Light Awards 2014/15 – Enter you school

TES London, 10th to 11th October. TES London conference website >

No Pens Day Wednesday, 15th October


Research opportunities

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