Published on: 12 Jan 2017

GL Assessment and Boardworks join forces to provide schools with a thorough range of assessment tools

12 January 2017 – Boardworks, a provider of digital curriculum content and the creator of the highly successful formative assessment platform, Doddle, will now form part of GL Assessment, the UK’s largest provider of formative assessments for schools.

Boardworks was founded by David Blake and Julie Kilcoyne in 2000 and it launched its formative assessment platform, Doddle, in 2012. Doddle has become a fast-growing solution for schools to improve student outcomes by addressing the new challenges of ‘life after levels’ and the new Progress 8 and Attainment 8 measures.

At the heart of the platform is data showing security of learning per pupil for each element of the curriculum. This diagnosis is used to inform teachers, students and parents; to provide formative learning content; and to allow schools to track progress efficiently. 

Greg Watson, Chief Executive of GL Assessment, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have Boardworks as part of GL Assessment, and to welcome David and Julie to the team. The Boardworks’ portfolio will enable us to broaden the tools we can offer to schools and Multi Academy Trusts as they wrestle with new accountability measures and the return to linear (end-of-course) GCSE exams, and it is the perfect complement to our existing range of assessments."

Julie Kilcoyne and David Blake, Co-Founders of Boardworks, said: "This is a really important development for Boardworks and Doddle. We know that we make a real difference to student outcomes, but that we're only at the start of that journey in terms of scale. Both Boardworks and GL Assessment share the same vision of how data and diagnosis can help improve outcomes, and we look forward to working together.”

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About GL Assessment

GL Assessment (known internationally as GL Education) is the leading provider of benchmarking, formative and diagnostic assessments to UK schools and has a growing presence in British, bilingual and international schools in over 100 countries worldwide.

About Boardworks

Boardworks has been selling digital curriculum content into the UK market since the year 2000 and now has products in 85% of UK secondary schools. In 2011, Boardworks launched a range of products in the US, and this has grown rapidly into a profitable business based in New York. In 2012, Boardworks Ltd launched Doddle, a formative assessment and homework platform, which has since become the company's flagship product.


For more information, please contact:

Danielle Morgan, Head of Communications, GL Assessment
Tel: 020 8996 3632

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