Sharing this information with the Trust Board is important to do from the earliest opportunity, particularly if the information is being used to feed in to decisions around due diligence and growth
Carol Kitson, Executive Principal, Abbey Academy Trust, Leeds

Due Diligence Digital Assessment Solution Quick Reference Guide

  • Age range: 7-16
  • Suitable for: Directors of Education, Teachers, Senior Leadership Teams, SENCOs, Educational Psychologists and Health Professionals
  • Test duration: Approx. 60 minutes
  • Test format: Digital

Why should you use the Due Diligence Digital Assessment Solution?

· To gain an insight into current attainment and attitudes against national benchmarks
· To provide an indication of where the most focus is required when adopting a new school
· As a starting point for discussions with a new school on key areas for improvement at class and pupil level
· It is a robust national measure of impact of the trust over time
· Quick and easy to administer
· Instant reports for analysis

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A Q&A on Due Diligence

Due Diligence offers a critical appraisal of key information about an academy before a formal partnership is formed. One of the essential elements of the process is understanding the achievement levels of students and gaining an overview of attitudes towards attendance, attainment and the progress of students within the academy. Our new Due Diligence Digital Assessment Solution provides Trusts and academies with a snapshot of a standard reading age and attitudes to learning within an hour. The Solution includes our digital assessments; New Group Reading Test (NGRT) and Pupil Attitudes to Self and School (PASS) survey.

New Group Reading Test (NGRT)
NGRT is an adaptive termly test designed to drill down into pupil’s reading and comprehension skills (including phonics where necessary), and reveals exactly where support is required. You can compare decoding skills and sentence completion against passage comprehension allowing you to identify, for instance, competent decoders with weak comprehension skills.

Pupil Attitudes to Self and School (PASS)
Robust research shows that students who do not have high self-belief tend to underachieve significantly compared their ability. The Pupil Attitudes to Self and School (PASS) survey is a short self-evaluation survey that you can use to gain insight into attitudes that could be hindering achievement. The PASS all-age attitudinal survey helps you detect possible barriers to learning, including issues around confidence, resilience, motivation, concentration, disaffection and alienation.

These easy to administer assessments provide you with instant clear reports and analysis and enable a Trust to quickly understand the standard reading age and attitudes towards learning of students in the school. This allows a Trust to triangulate this data with National attainment information and their own teacher judgement to provide a whole school view of how their students are progressing.

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