Published on: 04 May 2017

GL Education launches Assessment Matters magazine

Great schools know that reliable, well targeted assessment is the one of the most powerful tools for raising standards in the classroom and making sure every student achieves what they are capable of.

International schools face a particular set of challenges: diverse educational and cultural contexts; native and non-native English speakers learning alongside each other; and a growing pressure to help students win good university places. This new magazine is devoted to showing how assessment can help meet those challenges.

Assessment has the power to improve teaching and learning, but to work, it has to be smart, easy to use and efficient. It must also answer the questions you need it to answer, whether that is through the provision of benchmarks that help to measure and monitor progress, supporting student wellbeing and inclusion, or providing tools to support personalised teaching and learning.

Moreover, a growing number of educators recognise how students’ engagement and wellbeing impacts their learning. The best international schools understand that an over-reliance on grades and exams may not produce balanced and well-rounded learners. Students who understand their own strengths and weaknesses in this area are more resilient and more likely to succeed.

Read the magazine below or click here to download.

Five tips to help your students to become better learners

The importance of developing children's skills of self-regulation, and shares her strategies for how to do this

The middle child: Analysing data in an EAL context

The importance of maintaining a focus on literacy within the curriculum has never been far away from the government’s agenda and anyone working within education would agree that developing strong literacy skills are key to a student’s success, particularly as external examinations consist of written papers.

Changing behaviour: A big ask?, Dr Glen Williams

With over 20% of teachers considering leaving the profession with worsening student behaviour as a main reason, Dr Glen Williams examines how surveying pupils' attitudes can help improve behaviour in schools

GL Assessment launches the UK’s first digital, adaptive spelling test

GL Assessment has today published a termly, standardised spelling test which is designed to help teachers measure their pupils’ spelling skills against a national benchmark. The first digital, adaptive spelling test of its kind, the New Group Spelling Test is designed for pupils aged 6 – 14 years and is suitable for use on a PC or tablet.