Published on: 17 Mar 2016

GL Assessment offers practical assessment advice at the Education Show 2016


GL Assessment is bringing leading educational experts together at the Education Show 2016 to provide teachers with guidance and support on key issues relating to assessment in schools. 

For primary schools looking for clarity on life after levels, secondary schools preparing for Progress 8, and SENCOs looking to identify and support children following the new SEND Code of Practice, GL Assessment will be offering seminars on each of these themes. Their in-house team of assessment experts will also be available on stand D70 to offer advice on how to use assessment data most effectively.

Talking about the raft of new initiatives, Sarah Haythornthwaite, GL Assessment’s Marketing Director, said:  “In the last two years, we’ve seen the removal of national curriculum levels, the introduction of new performance measures, and the new SEND Code of Practice, which all have massive implications for assessment in schools. Our aim is to help teachers clarify what good assessment looks like and how it can support them in this time of change.”

The presentations include:

  • Supporting effective teaching and assessment of reading in Reception (Thursday 17 March, 11.10am – 11.40am, Early Years / SEN Theatre). Beccie Hawes, the Head of Inclusion at Rushall Inclusion Advisory Team, will provide delegates with a toolkit of effective strategies to support reading in Reception.
  • Life after Levels: let’s assess what matters (Thursday 17 March, 1.30pm – 2pm, Central Feature). Jonathan Bishop, Headteacher at Broadclyst Community Primary School, will offer practical advice to schools in relation to devising an approach to assessment without levels. 
  • The use of technology to identify and support SEND (Thursday 17 March, 3.10pm – 3.40pm, Early Years / SEN Theatre). Gareth D Morewood, Director of Curriculum Support (SENCo) at Priestnall School, Stockport will explain how technology can identify children with SEND, providing evidence for Access Arrangements as well as supporting their wider learning.
  • for Progress 8 (Saturday 19 March, 1.45pm – 2.15pm, Maths and Science Theatre). Following the introduction of Attainment 8 and Progress 8, Steve Walters, the Principal at St Peter’s Collegiate School in Wolverhampton, and GL Assessment’s Andrew Gill will explain how formative and summative assessment can be used to support schools in setting targets, measuring progress and analysing attainment year-on-year.

In addition, GL Assessment will showcase their award-winning assessments on their stand, including theProgress Test Series and the Complete Digital Solution, both of which been shortlisted for an Education Resources Award 2016.

To find out more about GL Assessment’s full suite of assessments please visit stand D70 at the Education Show 2016 or visit

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