Throughout your child’s time at our school, we will assess their progress in a number of ways. As reading and comprehension is an integral part of your child’s learning, we prioritise accurate assessment of this.

From Summer 2023, we are introducing the NGRT (New Group Reading Test) from GL Assessment. This assessment helps us as a school accurately identify where our pupils are less secure in their knowledge and allows us to put additional assessment and/or intervention in place. The NGRT also gives us a really clear ‘flight path’ of the outcomes your child may be expected to achieve. It is important that your child tries their very best on these assessments so that their level of reading and comprehension skill is accurate.

If your child scores in the lower regions on the tests, they don’t need to worry! We will look at the results compared to what we know about them as a learner, and where needed, we may complete additional 1:1 assessments which will help pinpoint where we can support. We will be in touch with you as a parent/carer if this is the case, to help you support your child at home too.

The information below is from GL Assessment about the NGRT test:

Developing literacy and reading ability is fundamental to a pupil’s ability to access the curriculum in secondary school. The New Group Reading Test (NGRT) is a standardised, termly assessment that reliably measures reading skills against the national average to help you get to the root of any problems precisely and quickly. NGRT provides information about sentence completion and comprehension skills allowing you to identify where difficulties lie. Being a termly assessment allows for regular monitoring of reading progress and measuring the impact of intervention, and a pupil’s reading ability can be benchmarked using the Standardised Age Score (SAS).
The assessment is adaptive – questions are automatically presented based on a pupil’s ability as they complete them, so more able pupils can be challenged while weaker readers are kept engaged.

Students will need a pair of headphones (with a wire) to be able to complete the test as they have the option of having the words read aloud to them. Whilst we do have some available in school, we recognise that our students might prefer to use their own. If they can bring them into school until they have completed their assessment, we’d appreciate it.