This package of seven of our leading assessments will help you to enable a smooth transition back to school following lockdown. It will provide you with a reliable and consistent way of benchmarking and to confidently track your pupils’ progress at transition and throughout Key Stage 3.

Our KS3 Assessment Package is a powerful combination of our Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4), Progress Test Series (covering English, maths and science), New Group Reading Test (NGRT), New Group Spelling Test (NGST) and our Pupil Attitudes to Self and School (PASS) attitudinal measure.

Together these assessments will provide you with the data to baseline your pupils, at the right time for you after they return. They will also support you in understanding current levels of attainment, including pupils’ reading ages, helping you to identify any gaps in knowledge across core subjects and aiding your curriculum planning. Our PASS measure will allow you to gauge the attitudes and mindset of your pupils as they return to school after this period of absence.

The KS3 Assessment Package is available to schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, if you would like to discuss how we can support your school, please email backtoschool@gl-assessment.co.uk or call 0330 123 5375. 

How can KS3AP make a difference to you this year?

Quick questions

What does KS3AP do?

Tracks across KS3 from transition onwards to give your Year 7 pupils a flying start and then accurately measure their progress throughout KS3 (over two years or three), all aligned to Attainment 8 and Progress 8.

Why use KS3AP?

It’s statistically robust, with national benchmarks for all assessments based on impressive pupil numbers. The PT Series (for example) was standardised against a UK sample of over 100,000 pupils, with benchmarks verified every year based on analysis from half a million pupils. PASS was standardised on 600,000 children.

What information does KS3AP provide?

The assessments cover ability, attainment in core subjects, reading, spelling and pupil attitudes. The digital assessments save you marking time by providing instant results and analysis which you can act on straight away. Combination Reports analyse data from CAT4 together with PTE (English), PTM (Maths) and NGRT (reading) so you can easily identify the children who may not be achieving their potential and plan interventions.

As tests and reports are set within the context of national benchmarks, you know that your recommendations have a sound basis, making discussions with stakeholders more focused. Individualised pupil reports give a snapshot of each child’s strengths and weaknesses. They are specifically designed to support conversations with parents, avoiding technical language, and suggesting strategies for support in the home.

How do I use KS3AP? 

You can use as many of the assessments within the package as you wish and when you wish.

You can choose between a fully digital administration and a blended paper/digital option.

Who uses KS3AP?

The KS3 Assessment Package is used by schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Over a third of all UK secondary schools use CAT4 and over half a million pupils take the Progress Test Series each year, so its components are tried and tested.

What support is available?

Continued support for you and your team is an important aspect of what we offer as part of your subscription to our assessments.

We provide a range of online and face to face training and our Assessment Insights team also helps you make the best use of your assessments through one to one consultations. From talking through the findings of your data to showing you which reports are most useful for your school’s needs. The team consists of educators with a mix of classroom experience, curriculum design, SENCO provision, intervention support and implementation of teaching and learning strategies.

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