Published on: 04 May 2017

GL Education launches Assessment Matters magazine

Great schools know that reliable, well targeted assessment is the one of the most powerful tools for raising standards in the classroom and making sure every student achieves what they are capable of.

International schools face a particular set of challenges: diverse educational and cultural contexts; native and non-native English speakers learning alongside each other; and a growing pressure to help students win good university places. This new magazine is devoted to showing how assessment can help meet those challenges.

Assessment has the power to improve teaching and learning, but to work, it has to be smart, easy to use and efficient. It must also answer the questions you need it to answer, whether that is through the provision of benchmarks that help to measure and monitor progress, supporting student wellbeing and inclusion, or providing tools to support personalised teaching and learning.

Moreover, a growing number of educators recognise how students’ engagement and wellbeing impacts their learning. The best international schools understand that an over-reliance on grades and exams may not produce balanced and well-rounded learners. Students who understand their own strengths and weaknesses in this area are more resilient and more likely to succeed.

Read the magazine below or click here to download.

Assessing students with EAL

Sue Thompson talks about the different approaches to assessing students with EAL.

Using computerised assessment with SEND children

Jo Horne explores the advantages and disadvantages of using computerised assessments with special educational needs (SEND) children.

Girls with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties

John Galloway discusses how we can identify and support girls with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Working with families

Educational Psychologist Poppy Ionides discusses how we work with families to improve outcomes for at risk children and fragile learners.