Part 1: The St Barnabas Series

Join us on our journey with St Barnabas Church of England First and Middle School as we explore their use of our termly standardised assessment suites PiRA, PUMA, GAPS and NTS Assessments. St Barnabas also makes full use of MARK, our free online assessment and reporting tool trusted by over 6,000 schools.

Why do St Barnabas use PiRA, PUMA and GAPS?

Stephen Booth, Acting Head Teacher at St Barnabas, is impressed with the range of testing that PiRA, PUMA and GAPS offers. He says that this is because:

  • the tests assess reading, maths and GPS

  • they’re easy to administer

  • the teacher manuals are very clear

  • PiRA, PUMA and GAPS fit well within their lesson structure and cover the main areas that they want to test against

  • they’re confident that the results will match the end of KS1 and KS2 scores very closely

Professional judgement

When St Barnabas are performing teacher assessments with the children at various times throughout the year, the results from PiRA, PUMA and GAPS inform and match professional judgements. This makes it easy to see how the children are making progress, as well as viewing their attainment.

Quote of the day

“We like the way the GAPS, the PiRA and the PUMA tests work, and we have a lot of trust in them.”

Keep your eyes open

We’ll be back next Tuesday with our second blog in the St Barnabas series. We’ll be focussing on the pupils’ experiences of sitting the PiRA, PUMA and GAPS papers. In the meantime, have a great week!



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