The right assessments are an essential part of a child’s toolkit to learn. We use GL Assessment’s tests to provide detailed information on our pupils’ innate ability and their progress and achievement.
The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) is an assessment that helps teachers understand how pupils learn and their academic potential. We use a child’s CAT4 score alongside Progress Tests in Maths and English to monitor progress and attainment.
These tests help our teachers to identify those in need of extra help, as well as those who are particularly able. They provide us with the accurate information we need to support our own judgements and make well-informed decisions about our pupils’ reading skills and their understanding of core subjects.
They can also help us to identify pupils achieving above what is predicted by their baseline CAT4 score. We call this ‘value added’ and it shows us the positive effect our teaching and ethos have had on our pupils. We like to think of the following formula as a recipe for success:
pupil love of learning + parental support x great teaching = high value added