COVID-19: How we're supporting you

Following the recent developments surrounding COVID-19, we wanted to let you know how we can support you through this uncertain period.

Firstly, we’re still here. We appreciate you will have lots of decisions to make in school currently, and we would like to reassure you that we have continuity planning in place to ensure our service to you remains consistent over the coming weeks. We are very aware the situation is constantly changing, and want to work with you to minimise disruption.

We have a robust and secure infrastructure that allows remote access so that our team can work to support you. This is a key part of our contingency planning to mitigate risk to you, our customers, our employees and our partners. Our testing platform, Testwise, will also continue to be available during this period. Guidance will soon be available on how you can set up your pupils to take our assessments at home, should you need to do so.

We hope you stay safe and well, if you have any questions please contact us on 0330 123 5375 or email us at info@gl-assessment.co.uk

Online training and support

Continued support for you and your team is an important aspect of what we offer as part of your subscription to our assessments. At this time, we would like to offer the following services to help you to get the most out of your assessments both now and when normal service resumes. Visit our Training page for full details.

One-to-one expert help with your data

Our Assessment Insights team is here to help you make the best use of your assessments – from talking through what your data is showing you to which reports are most useful for your school’s needs. If you would like to arrange a one-to-one consultation to help you make the most of your data ahead of your school reopening, contact us to arrange a convenient time.

Webinars

Over the summer term, we will be hosting a series of webinars, including several live broadcasts on themes such as closing the language gap. Sign up here.

FAQs

Is it possible to arrange for pupils to take assessments at home?

If schools remain closed until the Autumn term, you may wish to consider remote online testing for your school. While our assessments were not originally designed to be taken at home, recreating testing conditions will allow students to complete the assessments to the best of their ability and schools will then be able to utilise the test results to inform decisions about learning in these challenging times. To support the process, we have produced extensive test administration information for schools, parents and students.

This option is available for certain assessments only – namely the Progress Test Series, New Group Reading Test, New Group Spelling Test, and certain one-to-one assessments, including the York Assessment of Reading for Comprehension (YARC), the Phonological Assessment Battery (PhAB), the British Picture Vocabulary Scale (BPVS) and WellComm. If you would like to discuss the possibility of remote online testing for your school, please contact us on 0330 123 5375 or renewals@gl-assessment.co.uk.

There is no one at my school to accept delivery, what can I do?

Contact our Customer Services team on 0330 123 5375 or by email: info@gl-assessment.co.uk  who will work with you to find the best solution for your needs.

Can I reschedule my delivery?

Yes, our Customer Services team will be happy to help with this.

I need to place an order, can I delay delivery?

Yes, when placing your order please advise us of the date you would like to receive your delivery and we will adjust the shipping date to accommodate this.

Is the scoring service still available?

Yes we are still running this service, however we advise you to continue checking this page for any updates.

Please return all paper assessments to the following address:

GL Distribution Services
Unit 28 Bramble Road
Techno Trading Estate
Swindon
SN2 8EZ

Service level times might be extended during the current situation. Please call our Scoring team on 0330 123 5375 - Option 3->2 if you require further information.

Is there currently a delay on turn around for results from paper tests?

Currently there is no delay and we are working to schedule. If this changes we will inform you directly.

Is the courier service still running?

Yes we use a number of different courier services to ensure service across the UK. If we are advised of any delays we will let you know.

We’re considering a contingency plan for our admissions testing process, how can you help?

We will support you as best we can to minimise disruption. Please visit the Admissions Testing website for the latest information, and if you are considering any contingency plans, email admissions@gl-assessment.co.uk or call on 0208 996 3371/0330 1235375