38th COBIS Annual Conference, London

38th COBIS Annual Conference, London

Friday 10 May, 09:00 - Monday 13 May, 16:00

Join us at the COBIS conference in London this May. Our consultants will be available at stand number 9 throughout the conference, and we’re also running or hosting a number of seminars and breakout events during the conference:

  • The GL Education Value-Added Service seminar, Saturday 11 May - AM session
  • Pre-conference UK Education & Assessment Update on Saturday 11 May - PM Session
  • Conference breakout session: Data for Leadership 

Visit us at stand number 9 to find out more about our portfolio of assessments and how they can support your school to:

  • Personalise teaching and learning
  • Benchmark and measure classroom progress
  • Identify G&T and SEN learners
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of interventions
  • Provide evidence for inspections and accreditations

We’ll also be highlighting our Doddle learning resources – digital, interactive, resources mapped to the KS3 and GCSE specifications with thousands of engaging, self-marking homework resources.

Register now for our pre-conference sessions taking place on Saturday 11th May

The GL Education Value-Added Service seminar
Saturday 11 May: 10:30 – 12:00

The GL Education Value-Added Service provides a quantifiable measure of the impact your school’s teaching has had on its students. The service provides evidence that gives a richer understanding of a school’s performance considering the starting point of each student.

The information is delivered via an easy to use dynamic dashboard that allows you to carry out detailed analysis into the performance of groups, subjects, cohorts and individual students. Not only that but you can also compare your results against the average of other schools using the service.

Find out more by joining us for this informative seminar. There is no charge to attend this seminar. 
Register here

UK Education & Assessment Update
Saturday 11 May, 12:45 – 13:45

Saiqa Liaqat, Director of Academic Progress, CORE Education Trust

Paul Charman, Managing Director, Fischer Family Trust

Paul Charman will provide an overview of the national changes and trends in assessment and accountability for primary and secondary schools in England over the last three years. During this time primary and secondary schools have seen the introduction of new a new national curriculum, new KS2 national tests, new reformed GCSEs and a return to linear A-levels. 

Alongside these assessment changes, there have been changes to school accountability,  with a new set of school performance indicators for attainment and value-added progress being used to benchmark performance for primary and secondary schools. 

Paul will then explore how the assessment and accountability changes are driving changes in the school curriculum and look at the latest trends in education outcomes for pupils in UK schools compared to international schools.

There is no charge for this session and a light lunch will be served.
Register here

Addressing the data challenge panel session

Monday 13 May, 11:00 – 12:10

James Neill, International Director, GL Education

Nicola Lambros, Headteacher, King’s College, The British School of Panama

Matthew Savage, Principal, International Community School, Amman

Paul Seedhouse, Academic Director, The British Schools Foundation

The panel will address the areas schools say are the greatest challenges they face in delivering effective assessment. They will discuss the root causes behind the issues and outline practical solutions that delegates can implement in their own schools.

Areas of particular focus for the discussion will include:

Life after Levels: Many schools are still looking for alternative, reliable benchmarks and are struggling with standardising and moderation of internal assessment.

Teacher understanding and engagement: Getting teachers to buy in to the data and use it effectively to support lesson planning remains a challenge for schools. Staff turnover and the perception that data is just there to performance manage make this harder for some.

Data triangulation / management: As schools try to incorporate measures of ability and wellbeing alongside attainment and progress they are looking for systems and processes to enable all their stakeholders to focus on the most relevant data to provide insight and context.

Understanding wellbeing needs: Once again the area of least confidence for COBIS schools. How to identify students at risk and what support systems should be in place.

Value-added: The individual area that international schools say they are least confident about, although COBIS schools are generally more confident than others.

The chair will be encouraging audience Q&A