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Modern assessment methods helping students.

St_bedes.jpg On 1 July I visited St. Bede’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, Scunthorpe.  I was keen to see how the school provides an all-round education for its students using a robust programme of assessments to support teaching and learning. The visit was organised in conjunction with GL Assessment, the leading provider of formative assessments to UK schools.

 At St Bede’s, emphasis is placed on the individual. Each student is encouraged to develop their talents to the full so that they leave school happy, confident and well-adjusted young adults fully equipped to succeed in today’s society. Education of the ‘whole’ child is of prime importance and the aim is to motivate and empower young people so that they realise their full potential and develop in all areas.

 St. Bede’s has worked with GL Assessment to create a strategic assessment programme which starts as soon as students join the school in Year 7. I was particularly interested to understand how the use of ‘smart data’ from these assessments can help to reduce teacher workload. After meeting the school’s senior leadership team, I toured the school and met students, seeing first-hand how properly applied assessments can improve academic attainment as well as easing the workload of teachers.

 This has rightly become a key issue facing the teaching profession and I hope that some of what St. Bede’s have implemented in this regard can be replicated elsewhere.”

 You can read the Times Education Supplement article by Greg Watson, Chief Executive of GL Assessment at - https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/transition-isnt-just-a-matter-first-term-impact-can-last-years

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