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.
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.
We are currently producing guidance for both schools and parents on how to administer remote online testing. This guidance will be available by mid-April enabling schools to plan for testing from home after the Easter holidays. The information will include extensive guidance for schools to share with parents on how to create a controlled testing environment at home, such as setting dates and times for assessments, and ensuring students complete the assessment independently.
We are initially providing guidance for the Progress Test Series (in English, maths and science), New Group Reading Test (NGRT) and New Group Spelling Test (NGST). We anticipate that guidance for some of our other assessments will follow.
How can testing conditions be created for online remote testing from home?
1. Students accessing the assessment from home with parents controlling the testing environment. Our tests can be conducted online from home, as long as measures are put in place to recreate a suitable testing environment.
2. Students accessing the assessment from home with teachers invigilating. We will provide advice on how to employ video conferencing software as a means of schools invigilating testing sessions.
Are there any security issues with remote online testing from home?
We would like to reassure you that there are no additional security issues created by using home testing. Your students’ data will be as secure as it is when testing in school as long as you are using an up-to-date operating system and regularly run anti-virus and anti-malware software on your machine.
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.
Yes, our Customer Services team will be happy to help with this.
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.
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
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.
Currently there is no delay and we are working to schedule. If this changes we will inform you directly.
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.