The Granada Learning Group has announced that it has acquired W3 Insights, a provider of psychometric attitude measurements for schools.
Granada said the acquisition will enhance the company’s existing assessment and school self-evaluation offerings and give teachers additional tools to unlock their pupils’ learning potential.
W3 Insights’ measurements provide information that can help reduce the negative impact of disaffection and low self-esteem on a child’s attainment.
Results from the surveys help inform strategic whole-school planning and aid the early identification of ‘at-risk’ pupils so that effective programmes can be put in place to boost the achievement of children and young people.
Adrian Eaglestone, managing director at the Granada Learning Group, said: “We are very excited about our acquisition of W3 Insights and the benefits it will bring to schools. The additional measurements will help teachers gain a deeper insight into their pupils’ attitudes to learning and identify issues that might hinder a child’s progress in school. Attitudinal measurement will be a natural complement to our popular Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT), which is used to assess children’s reasoning capabilities, and so will help broaden teachers’ understanding of their pupils.
“W3 Insights has an excellent reputation in the education sector and deservedly so. Not only are their measurements trusted, due to robust and rigorous testing, but the calibre of their staff is second to none.”
W3 Insights’ award-winning assessment, Pupil Attitude to Self and School (PASS), supplies fully standardised attitude reporting, based on an underlying national sample of more than 250,000 pupils. It has been developed over the last eight years in collaboration with three UK universities to measure specific aspects of children’s attitudes towards themselves as learners and their school.
PASS allows schools to benchmark pupils against nine core areas, including self-regard, attitude to attendance and perceived learning capability. There is an additional Early Years version of the measure, which looks at issues such as a child’s feelings about school, relationships with teachers and desire to learn and achieve.