Published on: 25 Jan 2017

Misdiagnosis of SEN in schools means children with real problems are overlooked, teachers warn

GL Assessment will be showcasing its range of digital assessments at Bett 2017 (stand B149), all designed to provide schools with an easy and effective way of revealing students’ potential, tracking their progress and identifying any barriers to learning they might have. Key highlights include GL Assessment’s SEN Assessment Toolkit (SENAT) and its international division, GL Education, which have both been shortlisted in the Bett Awards 2017.

For primary schools looking for clarity on life after levels, secondary schools preparing for Progress 8, and SENCOs looking for accurate ways of identifying children with special educational needs, GL Assessment’s digital assessments can provide the evidence that schools need, all at the touch of a button. Its digital assessments are also used by schools and ministries in over 100 countries worldwide.

Sarah Haythornthwaite, the Sales and Marketing Director of GL Assessment, said: “At Bett 2017, our aim is to help teachers clarify what good assessment looks like and how digital assessment in particular can support them. Good assessment data provides enough information for a teacher to make a decision about a student and it helps them to assess students over time and in relation to each other. Our digital assessments provide teachers with greater flexibility, automatic scoring and instant diagnostic reports, and students often find the experience more motivating, too.”

Key highlights on the GL Assessment stand include:

  • The SEN Assessment Toolkit (SENAT). Shortlisted for a Bett 2017 Award in the ICT Special Educational Needs Solutions category, SENAT has been developed to ensure schools have the basic SEN assessment tools they may need. It brings together a number of tried and tested products that cover the most common and current areas of SEN from both GL Assessment and Lucid. The assessments within the toolkit cover four areas: Dyslexia, Literacy, Numeracy, and mental health and wellbeing.
  • The Complete Digital Solution (CDS). CDS gives schools unlimited use of GL Assessment’s core assessments, enabling teachers to collect and analyse vital information about their students’ reasoning abilities, attitudes to learning and current performance. All assessments are delivered digitally, providing teachers with immediate access to reports and the ability to analyse pupil data easily with simple visuals accompanied by clear narrative explanations.
  • GL Assessment on the global stage. Representatives from GL Assessment’s international division, GL Education, will be showcasing the assessments being used in large scale projects in China and Dubai. GL Education won the Bett 2016 Award for ICT Exporter of the Year and has been shortlisted for the 2017 award as well. 
  • School Leaders’ Summit. Paul Smith, the Chief Executive of Future Academies, will be speaking with Greg Watson, GL Assessment’s Chief Executive, about ‘Challenges in the Education Sector’ (2.30pm, Thursday 26 January). The session will cover the challenges and the successes Future Academies has faced during its expansion, offering guidance for schools and MATs going through the same process.

To find out more about GL Assessment’s full suite of assessments please visit stand B149 at Bett 2017 or visit

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Notes for editors

Greg Watson, Chief Executive at GL Assessment is at Bett 2017 and will be available for interview together with the other leader summit speakers.

For more information or photography, please contact:

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

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