Published on: 13 Sep 2010

Mary Macleod MP visits GL Assessment

13 September 2010

On Friday 3 September, Mary Macleod, MP for Brentford and Isleworth, visited GL Assessment, the UK’s leading independent provider of assessment solutions for children’s education, mental health and wellbeing.

GL Assessment, based on Chiswick High Road, is part of the Granada Learning Group of companies. The Group’s other companies publish a range of educational resources for schools, including attitudinal surveys, parent, pupil and staff stakeholder surveys, an online school development planning tool, and provide professional development for teachers.

Ms Macleod’s visit follows the Group’s two recent acquisitions: Kirkland Rowell, based in Tyne & Wear, and W3 Insights, based in Wolverhampton. Ms Macleod met several of the 42 Chiswick-based employees and heard about the local schools who use GL Assessment’s services.

As part of her tour, Ms Macleod was shown GL Assessment’s Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT), which is used by 50% of Secondary schools in England each year. The data that CAT provides can be used to enhance all aspects of teaching and learning, from identifying individual pupil’s strengths and weaknesses to predicting future educational attainment.

“CAT is highly valued by our customers – schools use it in conjunction with curriculum test results and teacher assessment to get a rounded view of each pupil. Pupils benefit from more appropriate interventions and targets that ensure the right degree of challenge”, commented Andrew Thraves, Publishing and Strategy Director at GL Assessment.

Ms Macleod, who has been a school governor and before the 2010 election worked with Rt Hon David Willetts MP on education policy, commented, “I am very pleased to have GL Assessment in my constituency. It is an innovative company, clearly committed to helping pupils fulfil their potential and get the most out of their education. I found the Cognitive Abilities Test particularly interesting, and am delighted that so many schools in the area are working with GL Assessment to measure and improve pupil performance.”

She went on to say that, “Literacy in schools, and its impact on career prospects, has been one of my key concerns for a long time. I’m now looking forward to seeing GL Assessment’s services being used in a local schools and seeing the impact firsthand.”

Adrian Eaglestone, Managing Director of the Granada Learning Group, said, “I am delighted that Ms Macleod has taken such an interest in education policy. The Group is developing rapidly – we have acquired two very successful companies within three months – and we are now in a position to offer schools key information and advice on children’s abilities, mental health and wellbeing. We are also able to offer highly relevant attitudinal data from all key stakeholders, which should form a key part of school improvement strategies. It’s a very exciting time for us and we intend to keep Ms Macleod updated on developments.”

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1.GL Assessment is a leading provider of educational assessments, enabling teachers to recognise and maximise a child’s potential. Over 85% of primary and secondary schools in the UK now use GL Assessment’s testing, scoring and reporting of literacy, numeracy, reasoning and special educational needs (SEN). The company’s child mental health and wellbeing assessments are also widely used within the NHS.

2.Founded in 1980 by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), GL Assessment has been part of the Granada Learning Group since 2000. With its main offices in London, the South West and North East, the company has further locations throughout the UK.

3.For more information or images please contact Danielle Morgan, Communications Manager, Granada Learning Group:
Tel: 020 8996 3632 / Email:

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