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What’s the idea behind The Assessment Box?

The Concept
& Funding

The idea behind The Assessment Box is a simple one: it helps to ensure that your assessment data is valid and reliable and it gives pupils the chance to undertake a “realistic” examination experience, helping them to focus and build vital learner resilience.

Pupils sitting a paper “unseen” by staff or students and marked by someone who has no prior knowledge of the learner but an excellent knowledge of the assessment system, is a really useful experience.

It replicates the real examination experience, which proves invaluable for so many of our clients.

Reliable Data
Assessment Support
Build Test Resilience
Detailed Examiner Report
Learner Engagement with Data
Analytics
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Assessment Support that works for your context

Modes of
Assessment

Every context is different so we build services around the assessment needs of your learners, helping you to drive teaching and learning progress.
Three times a year or a one-time assessment?

Some schools and academies get their Year 11 Pupils to sit an Assessment Box paper in each of the terms of Year 11, others do more and some do less. Some client schools simply want to do one-off assessments for the whole cohort.

Whole cohort or specific target group?

Many schools enter their whole cohort for an Assessment Box experience. Others have analysed their outcomes and have specific target groups they wish to focus on. Either is absolutely fine with us.

Is there a specific part of the paper of question-type you need to focus on?

Some schools and academies know from their data collection or from analysing historical data the question-types or parts of the examination that their learners struggle with. Our high-impact Assessment-Mondays (link to this page when it’s done?) can provide an excellent solution for this type of challenge.

Assessment Services to meet current needs

What is the rationale for
external Assessment Support?

There are four big reasons why there is a demand for Assessment Support. For some schools and academies it is one of these reasons, for others it is a combination.
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Reason No.1Testing Internal Assessment Data

Many clients simply wish to put their internal assessment data to the test. They want to see the results of an independent assessment process and look at how they correlate with their own working-at data and predictions. They also find the detailed, analytical assessment report invaluable in pushing their teaching and learning forward.
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Reason No.2Addressing teacher workload

Teacher workload has now become a serious issue that responsible employers cannot ignore. The reasons for this are complex but teacher shortages sometimes mean that the burden is falling on a smaller number of experienced teachers. Assessment support can alleviate some of the workload issues facing teachers.
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Reason No.3Supporting less experienced staff within the profession

There are a considerable number of less-experienced teachers in the system. These people often bring great qualities to the profession but some benefit from input in terms of assessment consultancy as there are some things that only come with experience.
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Reason No.4Supporting Non-specialist teachers

Sadly, some pupils are being taught by non-specialists and here, in particular, The Assessment Box can be a great help.
Pupil Premium, Intervention, CPD & Catch-Up Budgets

Funding The Assessment Box

Many of our clients fund The Assessment Box services through the Pupil Premium Grant. If you are using The Assessment Box to support specific target groups who are in receipt of PP then accessing this budget could be one way ahead. Check your teaching group data and see if this is one way of funding Assessment Box services.
The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) provides funding for two groups:
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Raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential
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Support
Supporting those children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces
The funding levels of Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) 2020-2021 are as follows:
  • Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by a Local Authority (England) – £2,345
  • Pupils in years 7-11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM – £955
  • Pupils in year groups up to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 service child – £310
CPD (Continuing Professional Development) and Intervention Budget:
  • If you are purchasing CPD from us then it goes without saying that the CPD budget is a good place to start in terms of funding. However, walking-talking mocks and moderation and marking services also do provide valuable learning and development opportunities for colleagues.
  • The Assessment Box works as a very effective form of intervention, delivering accurate assessment data and providing learners with the opportunity to focus on the areas they need to improve upon. The process, if applied correctly, can help build learner-resilience and self-regulation.
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The Assessment Box is a trading name of CTC Training & Consultancy Ltd registered in England & Wales at Companies House, company number 7012993

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The Assessment Box

The Assessment Box is a trading name of CTC Training & Consultancy Ltd registered in England & Wales at Companies House, company number 7012993

VAT registration number: 170839590

Contact us
King Edwards Wharf, 25 Sheepcote St. Birmingham B16 8AB
Work with Us

Want to join us? Check our current vacancies!

Our social links

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