We’re looking forward to TAISI’s Leadership Conference, 2018! You will see us on the GL Education stand!
TAISI’s focus is on professional development for teachers, leadership building for heads, and skills building for students. At the core of everything, is student learning. For more detail about the event, visit the TAISI website.
At GL Education, our goal is to help school’s leaders around the globe ensure that all students reach their potential.
Most assessment carried out in schools delivers the teacher’s perspective of the student – what have they achieved? What should we expect of them? Only by looking at things from a student’s perspective can we understand what they feel capable of, and determine what learning and pastoral support they may need.
Look for our breakout session on the programme: On the road to excellence: using assessment data to provide a world class education
Annual testing with standardised assessments provides teachers and school leaders with detailed and actionable data to measure attainment, track progress and most importantly, address the precise learning needs of individuals and groups of students. When used formatively, assessment data coupled with teacher judgement enables the implementation of effective support strategies and interventions, ensuring every student receives a world class learning experience.
Jessica Watson will discuss how schools can implement effective assessment practises that will inform teaching and learning on a whole school to individual level, and will provide an overview of the scope and depth of reporting that is available.
Melisha Trotman will explain how she is using this approach at the British School, New Delhi to support the planning and delivery of teaching; for example, identifying very small groups of students for targeted support with specific topics.
Jessica Watson, International Consultant, GL Education
Jessica is an International Consultant at GL Education and works with teachers and leaders across India, Europe and South America to implement and develop assessment practises in schools. She is also a GCSE Mathematics Examiner for Pearson and is involved in facilitating teacher training conferences for participants of the Teach First programme.
Prior to her work at GL Education, Jessica worked in schools as a Mathematics and Spanish teacher, with experience of leading the mathematics department as Head of Maths and later, working with a Teaching and Learning team to support the development of teaching practises across the school; conducting formative learning walks, running staff professional development and mentoring trainee teachers.
In her role as Head of Maths, Jessica learnt just how vital assessment data is and how much information teachers can gain from testing to ensure the very best student outcomes. She understands how much pressure students are under to achieve good grades and knows how busy teachers are, but believes that only with effective and formative assessment practises, real learning and progress can be realised.
Melisha Trotman, Primary Principal, British School, New Delhi
Melisha has been described as an outstanding headteacher with high expectations and a relentless drive. Prior to taking on the Primary Principal role at The British School New Delhi, Melisha’s teaching career spanned across a range of primary schools and advisory roles in London. She worked as an executive headteacher, leading two large primary schools in North London.
Melisha is also an inspirational speaker, who has presented at conferences in the UK for aspiring leaders. She has been on a number of education steering groups including delivering the Prevent agenda to primary schools, safeguarding strategies and raising achievement for ethnic minority students. She worked closely with and sat on the board of governors at an outstanding London secondary school and prior to leaving the UK in July 2017, Melisha worked with the youth prevention team to set up a project for preventing gangs in London secondary and primary schools.
Melisha led a school out of special measures less than a year after her appointment as Headteacher (February 2013). The school was put into special measures in March 2013 and subsequently judged by Ofsted to be outstanding in July 2014. The school went from being in the bottom 100 schools in the UK to being in the top 1% for student progress.
Melisha is a firm believer in using data effectively to track and analyse student progress. She is known for her ability to interrogate data and use this information effectively to move learning forward of all students at all levels.