Published on: 01 Nov 2010

GL Assessment welcomes the Government's External Review of Testing

November 2010 GL Assessment shares the goals that underpin the External Review – raising standards and narrowing attainment gaps.

Andrew Thraves, Publishing and Strategy Director at GL Assessment, says:

“The Government acknowledges that the current system of assessment can be improved, particularly in relation to over-rehearsal for tests and a reduced focus on productive learning. Along with most heads and teachers, we agree with these concerns and we welcome the review.”

“We also agree with the Secretary of State’s comments about the importance of external accountability and we support the Government’s pledge to objectively measure pupil progress and hold schools to account.”

The Government has also recognised that parents want and need good quality information about their children’s progress – and our own data supports this.

GL Assessment’s sister company, Kirkland Rowell, is the UK’s leading independent surveyor of school stakeholders, including parents. Results from Kirkland Rowell’s parental surveys from the last three years – the views of over 53,000 parents in nearly 400 Primary schools – shows that “encouraging and listening to parent views” is one of five areas of school life that parents are least satisfied with.

Andrew Thraves comments:

“Parental surveys are a particularly powerful indicator of how parents perceive the strengths and weaknesses of a school and where their concerns particularly lie. Every school is different in terms of levels of parental satisfaction. However, as the criteria in Kirkland Rowell surveys are weighted against ‘similar’ schools, it’s clear that parental involvement is a clear priority for parents across all kinds of Primary schools in England.”

For more information on the External Review of Testing, please see the Government’s announcement at:

For more information on Kirkland Rowell, please visit:

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About GL Assessment

GL Assessment is a leading provider of educational assessments, enabling teachers to recognise and maximise a child’s potential.  Over 85% of primary and secondary schools in the UK now use GL Assessment’s testing, scoring and reporting of literacy, numeracy, reasoning and special educational needs (SEN).  The company’s child mental health and wellbeing assessments are also widely used within the NHS.

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