Assessment Insights: One-to-one expert help with your data

Our team of assessment data experts have over 35 years combined classroom experience. We’re here to help you analyse and interpret your results so you can make the best use of your data to inform in-school actions. Click here to book your free one-to-one data consultation or contact the team at

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Meet the team


Helen Robinson – Head of Assessment Insights

Following a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience, Helen joined the teaching profession through Teach First and worked as an Assistant Learning Director, Science and Psychology teacher. Since leaving the classroom, she has supported a wide range of schools and Multi-Academy Trusts as an Education Adviser. She is passionate about supporting schools to make the best use of their assessment data to help improve pupil outcomes. Helen believes that understanding each schools’ individual needs is key to ensuring that assessment data can be used in the most time efficient way for the biggest impact from whole-school to individual pupil level.


Ann Mahdavi - Secondary school lead

Ann is a trained teacher, with experience in both Secondary and Primary schools. She has a passion for evidence-based teaching as well as curriculum design; her work and research has focused on language development and its application in educational policy. She was an Evidence Research Lead with the Kyra Research School where she had a particular interest in the application of technology and research evidence in classrooms. Ann graduated from Goldsmiths with a BA (hons) in Communications & Sociology, before completing her MSc (hons) at the London School of Economics in Gender Studies and her PGCE from the University of Sussex. She has a further MSc in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh. She is also a fluent French speaker having grown up in Paris.



Natasha Cartwright - Primary school and SEND lead

Natasha has 10 years' of experience working in both Primary and Secondary state schools. Natasha has a passion for supporting the most vulnerable learners within the classroom, working predominantly with SEND students in mainstream settings. Natasha is a former Specialist Assessor and Intervention Lead for an all-through academy, with a specific focus on using assessment data for intervention design and access arrangements, during which time she also successfully led the implementation of GL Assessment's CDS package. Natasha graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2009 with a BA Honours in Education Studies and Special and Inclusive Needs. Whilst working as a Lead Practitioner of a Primary SEND Nurture Provision, she completed her MA in Special Needs from the University of Nottingham in 2015. Furthermore, Natasha went on to complete a Level 7 qualification in Psychometric Testing, Assessments and Access Arrangements with Middlesex University in 2016.



Andy Small - Independent school lead

After completing his degree in Primary Education at the University of Exeter, Andy spent sixteen years teaching in state Primary and Independent prep classrooms. With a specialism in maths, he led this subject throughout his time in both schools he worked in, also developing an obsession for Assessment for Learning and making use of assessment information to positively impact pupils’ learning experiences in the classroom. It is this focus on learners and placing children at the centre of decision-making that has always driven Andy’s practice as both a classroom practitioner and school leader. In his last post, Andy led the redesign of the school’s assessment systems using GL Assessment’s CDS package and the school also soon became an Advocate Partner. Living on the south coast, and with two young children starting their own schooling, Andy is passionate about supporting schools in using their data purposefully at the chalk face.

James O'Brien - Multi Academy Trusts lead

Following a degree in Human Sciences, James trained as a science teacher through Teach First in the West Midlands. After teaching in Solihull he moved abroad to take up a teaching post at an international school in Nairobi, Kenya. Since returning to the UK and exploring the world of education from outside the classroom he has worked in a variety of schools-facing roles. James also sits in our dedicated Multi-Academy Trusts team, supporting trusts who are using standardised assessment to improve teaching and learning.


Vikki Dodd

Vikki qualified as a secondary school teacher in 2004 with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Keele University. Vikki has taught Computer Science and ICT in a wide range of settings in the UK and, most recently, internationally across all age ranges. Vikki worked as a Master Teacher with the British Computing Society’s Computing at School program, providing training and support for teachers nationwide in the Computing curriculum introduced in 2014. Developing a passion for all things ‘Edtech’ and believing in evidence-based education in her previous international post Vikki led educational technologies and data where she implemented the full range of GL Assessments to inform pupil interventions and curriculum planning; ensuring the very best outcomes for all. As well as being passionate about education and being a mother to two boys, Vikki has recently commenced a part time LLM.


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