Assessment Insights: One-to-one expert help with your data

Our dedicated Assessment Insights team are here to help you make the best use of your assessments – from talking through what your data is showing you to which reports are most useful for your school’s needs. The team is available to answer any questions and help ensure you get the most from your assessment data.

Meet the team


Natasha Cartwright - Secondary School lead

Natasha has 10 years' of experience working in both Primary and Secondary state schools. Natasha has a passion for supporting the most vulnerable learners within the classroom, working predominantly with SEND students in mainstream settings. Natasha is a former Specialist Assessor and Intervention Lead for an all-through academy, with a specific focus on using assessment data for intervention design and access arrangements, during which time she also successfully led the implementation of GL Assessment's CDS package. Natasha graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2009 with a BA Honours in Education Studies and Special and Inclusive Needs. Whilst working as a Lead Practitioner of a Primary SEND Nurture Provision, she completed her MA in Special Needs from the University of Nottingham in 2015. Furthermore, Natasha went on to complete a Level 7 qualification in Psychometric Testing, Assessments and Access Arrangements with Middlesex University in 2016.



Andy Small - Independent School lead

After completing his degree in Primary Education at the University of Exeter, Andy spent sixteen years teaching in state Primary and Independent prep classrooms. With a specialism in maths, he led this subject throughout his time in both schools he worked in, also developing an obsession for Assessment for Learning and making use of assessment information to positively impact pupils’ learning experiences in the classroom. It is this focus on learners and placing children at the centre of decision-making that has always driven Andy’s practice as both a classroom practitioner and school leader. In his last post, Andy led the redesign of the school’s assessment systems using GL Assessment’s CDS package and the school also soon became an Advocate Partner. Living on the south coast, and with two young children starting their own schooling, Andy is passionate about supporting schools in using their data purposefully at the chalk face.



Ann Mahdavi - Primary School lead

Ann is a trained teacher, with experience in both Secondary and Primary schools. She has a passion for evidence-based teaching as well as curriculum design; her work and research has focused on language development and its application in educational policy. She was an Evidence Research Lead with the Kyra Research School where she had a particular interest in the application of technology and research evidence in classrooms. Ann graduated from Goldsmiths with a BA (hons) in Communications & Sociology, before completing her MSc (hons) at the London School of Economics in Gender Studies and her PGCE from the University of Sussex. She has a further MSc in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh. She is also a fluent French speaker having grown up in Paris.



James O'Brien - Multi Academy Trusts lead

Following a degree in Human Sciences, James trained as a science teacher through Teach First in the West Midlands. Following two years teaching in Solihull he moved abroad to take up a teaching post at an international school in Nairobi, Kenya. Since returning to the UK and exploring the world of education from outside the classroom he has worked in a variety of schools-facing roles. As an Education Adviser for Doddle, our online learning and homework platform, he gained experience in helping teachers and leadership teams implement technology-based solutions in school. Now working primarily with multi-academy trusts, his key interest is in how standardising assessment practices and using a consistent data language across families of schools can help to improve outcomes.

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