Published on: 10 Nov 2016

Using assessments to drive academic rigour and reduce teacher workload

Thursday 10 November 2016 – Templepatrick Primary School has today welcomed Danny Kinahan MP and Steve Aiken MLA for a tour of the school and to meet pupils.  Mr Kinahan and Mr Aiken were keen to see how the school provides an all-round education for its pupils 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 schools in Northern Ireland.

Templepatrick Primary School is a co-educational controlled primary school with 455 pupils between ages 3 and 11. The school aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which is flexible, relevant and meaningful to children at Nursery through to Key Stage 2, so as to promote the development of each pupil in an environment that is happy, caring and disciplined.

Templepatrick has worked with GL Assessment to create a strategic assessment programme that provides a holistic view of each pupil. Mr Kinahan and Mr Aiken were particularly interested to understand how the use of ‘smart data’ from these assessments can help to reduce teacher workload. After meeting the school’s principal, the local MP and MLA toured the school and met pupils, seeing first-hand how properly applied assessments can improve academic attainment as well as easing the workload of teachers.

Danny Kinahan, MP for South Antrim, commented:

“I know how well Templepatrick Primary School maintains high academic standards, and I was delighted to learn how they use the most modern assessment methods to help their pupils. Assessments that can help teachers understand their pupils’ needs are extremely valuable in allowing children to reach their full potential, and the ‘smart data’ that they produce can actually help reduce the burden faced by teachers. This has rightly become a key issue facing the teaching profession and I hope that the regime that Templepatrick has implemented in this regard can be replicated elsewhere.”

Steve Aiken, MLA for South Antrim, commented:

“It was a real pleasure to once again meet the pupils and teachers of Templepatrick Primary School and to discuss with Mr Cromie their significant work in helping pupils to reach their full potential through the good use of educational data. As the father of two you children I know only too well the value of a teacher’s time and the competing demands of the job, so anything that can be done to help keep teachers doing what they do best – educating our children - is to be welcomed.”

Ray Cromie, Principal of Templepatrick Primary School, commented:

"At Templepatrick, we are committed to the well-being and all-round development of our pupils. Therefore we have refined our approach to assessment with the help of GL Assessment.  This has resulted in assessment being sharper, quicker and the workload for staff less, due to the use of digital assessment. It was a pleasure to welcome both Danny Kinahan and Steve Aiken today, and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future."

Greg Watson, Chief Executive of GL Assessment, commented:

“GL Assessment has worked with Templepatrick Primary School to create a comprehensive assessment programme that provides a robust starting point for teaching and learning, as well as very useful insights that teachers can share with parents. It was a pleasure to see the successes of the school with Mr Kinahan and Mr Aiken.”

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Notes to the Editor

About Templepatrick Primary School

Templepatrick Primary School is a co-educational controlled primary school with 455 pupils between ages 3 and 11.

About GL Assessment

GL Assessment is the leading provider of benchmarking, formative and diagnostic assessments to UK schools. GL Assessment’s formative assessments, including the Cognitive Abilities Test and the Progress Test Series, are used widely in Northern Ireland primary and post-primary schools.

For photographs of the visit or further information, please contact:

Danielle Morgan, Head of Communications, GL Assessment
Tel:  020 8996 3632 / 07740 393448

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