Author: PBR Education

Getting the most from your team with Psychometric testing


Whenever I look at something, I ask myself two questions. Firstly, is it interesting? Secondly, is it useful? While interesting is good, interesting isn’t always fruitful and it is unlikely to create an impact on your organisation. When I find something that is both interesting and useful, however, I immediately start thinking of ways I can implement it into my business to ensure that I get the best possible outcomes.

For me, Psychometric testing is a subject that is both interesting and extremely useful. Used to measure a person’s ability, personality, interests and aptitude, Psychometric testing has become a part of the recruitment process at many schools, hospitals and businesses in the UK. The question is, how can the results of this type of testing be used to ensure that you get the most from your team?

Psychometric testing is interesting because it allows you to reflect on yourself, understand who you are and why you make the decisions that you do. It becomes really useful when you use the information that you have learnt about yourself and apply it to the people around you. Psychometric testing allows you to see how your personality effects the people you work with, your leadership style and the overall impact of your actions.

Psychometric testing becomes useful when you realise that what you do with the information allows you to approach your workforce in a way that will ensure that you get the best out of them.

In his book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey talks about how communication is the most important life skill we ever learn. We spend time learning to speak, read and write, but no one ever teaches us how to truly listen and understand the people around us. Covey’s fifth habit, Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood, questions why we’re so keen to get our own point across that we prepare our responses without really paying attention to what other people are actually saying. I believe that Psychometric testing can be used to help us be understood.

If, for example, you were to introduce a new initiative within your department, it is important to think about how the changes will impact on the various members of your team and use their personality types to help them. For instance, if there is a member of your team who thrives on stats, provide them with the information they need. If another member of the team is more dynamic and acts on impulse, it is important that they are monitored and made accountable for their actions to ensure the initiative is introduced smoothly.

It may seem difficult at times, but when a leader ensures that everyone’s needs are met, the systems put in place will be more sustainable and successful.

Here at PBR Education, we understand that getting the most from your team has a direct impact on pupils, which is why we offer Psychometric testing. What’s more, our training session, Psychometrics – Understanding your team to get the best from them,  will give you a much deeper understanding of Psychometric testing.

During the training session, delegates will undergo a Psychometric test to discover their personality type and get an idea of who they are before learning about the other personality types and how this information can be used to get the most out of their teams.

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Helping pupils get the best possible experience from their time in Education.

When George Osborne announced that schools must become academies by 2020, teachers and school leaders were vocal in their concerns. Their worries ranged from the impact on students and staff through to the pressures of legal and financial decision making.

Having worked within the education sector for more than two decades, in both schools and academies, I understand the concerns of those teachers who are facing huge changes and believe that PBR Education can help. We work closely with educational establishments to ensure that teachers and school leaders have the support they need to ensure their students get the best possible experience form their time in education.

Let me tell you a little about myself, my story and how PBR Education came to be…

I started my career teaching Modern Foreign Languages, a job I found extremely satisfying. In 2002, I moved to Consett Community Sports College where I became Deputy Head. It was in this position that I found my passion for enabling and empowering my colleagues. After 10 years at Consett Community Sports College, I was offered the opportunity to follow a different career path and decided to launch PBR Coaching, a company that offers performance coaching and professional development to private and public sector organisations.

Four successful years in business coupled with recent changes to local government made me think about returning to my educational roots. I launched PBR Education as a means of supplying strategic services to schools and academy chains in the North East and beyond across the rest of the UK.

Through PBR Education, I have developed a suite of services to help meet the growing need for business support in schools. These services include school development, human resources, services and facilities management and education policy. For more information on any of our services, you can check our website, give us a call on 01207 570 770 or request a call back – we’d love to hear from you and are more than happy to help answer any questions you may have.

Ultimately, the purpose of PBR Education is to help schools and academy chains better teach, assess and improve, so that in developing and supporting the people behind every level of educational establishments, they are equipped to provide a better service to their students and other stakeholders – improving performance and outcomes.

It is great to see that, despite being a fairly new company, interest in PBR Education is already growing with a number of promising meetings with schools and academies across the UK. We’re excited to be a part of the changing landscape of UK education and feel that schools and academies in the North East have a very bright future.

With best wishes,



We’re also running a series of subject-specific networking events and ‘hot topic’ training days from our office in Team Valley during April. Why not check out our website  for more information?