- SASC launches Stakeholder Survey
- New ADHD Webinars
- The fish in the tree: Why we are failing children with dyslexia.
- SASC Issues Updated Assessment Guidance for Disabled Student Allowances
- 2013-14 Access Arrangements Update Insert now Available for 4th Edition
- BIS Launch Survey on Improving Quality Assurance Frameworks
- Important Information on Professional Skills Tests for Trainee Teachers
- Bath Spa - Patoss course leading to a Practising Certificate
- Children & Families Bill Points to Raise
SASC Survey Invitation:
SASC is conducting a survey of stakeholders to inform a review of the activities and roles of SASC with a view to improving the service SASC provides. We would appreciate your views and sharing this link with colleagues:
The SpLD Assessment Standards Committee [SASC] is a standard-setting group concerned with the diagnostic assessment of specific learning difficulties in an educational setting. SASC seeks to extend the principles of good practice contained in the Guidelines across all age ranges and throughout the profession. You can visit the SASC website to find out more: www.sasc.org.uk .
The survey will close on 15 January 2014
New Webinars: Announcing online training for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder [ADHD]
Presented by Professor Amanda Kirby, The University of Wales.
Patoss has commissioned a series of six online ‘webinars’ on the subject of ADHD/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, presented by Professor Amanda Kirby, one of the leading authorities on the subject.
Professor Kirby’s background as a GP, and also working in community paediatrics and psychiatry, has provided a good understanding of developmental disorders in both child and adulthood.
The programme of six webinars covers the definition, identification and management of ADHD. It includes management in the learning environment at various stages of education and transition to new stages and moving into the workplace. Relevant to teachers, specialist assessors, parents, and all concerned parties, this series of webinars can be easily accessed online. Each webinar will take place in the early-evening and lasts one hour. At just £35* for Patoss members for all six webinars, we believe the programme represents exceptional value when considering the calibre of the presenter. See the table below for full details. We trust you will enjoy this range of informative and inexpensive webinars. You can sign up for these webinars using this web address: http://www.doitprofiler.com/adhd
18th November 2013
What is ADHD? Definition & Diagnosis
How Does ADHD Overlap With Other Conditions
13th January 2014
Presentation & Management in Primary School & Transition to Secondary
Presentation & Management in Secondary School and Transition to FE
Presentation & Management in HE and into the Workplace
Reasonable Adjustments for ADHD in the Workplace
Webinars will begin promptly at: 7pm for 1 hour
*Non-members rate is £45
The fish in the tree: Why we are failing children with dyslexia.
The Driver Youth Trust, a charity dedicated to improving the life chances of children and young people with literacy problems, commissioned this report to understand why this failure was continuing. The study found that while teachers overwhelmingly thought it important they received training to help teach children with dyslexia, over half revealed they had received no specific training at all. For nine out of ten teachers surveyed, initial training on dyslexia amounted to less than half a day.
Yet giving teachers the skills to help those with dyslexia would benefit all children. Teachers are given a clearer understanding of the process of learning to read and write, and the techniques to support learning right across the classroom. This report sets out a series of measures which would help tackle the gaps in training and provision. They include providing training for all teachers on special educational needs including dyslexia and ensuring that local authorities identify and support children with the disability from the earliest possible opportunity.
Putting them in place would have not just a life-long impact on individual lives, but also on the strength of our economy and society. When three children in every classroom have dyslexia, we cannot afford to wait any longer for action.
SASC Issues Updated Assessment Guidance for Disabled Student Allowances
Updated Test List:
The list of suitable tests for the assessment of specific learning difficulties (SpLD) in Higher Education is a key part of the National Assessment Framework for Applications for Disabled Students' Allowances. The purpose of the list is to promote quality and consistency in the Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA) process.
STEC [SpLD Test Evaluation Committee] serves to review this list periodically and consider new tests for inclusion. The latest updated guidelines, September 2013, in support of assessing for DSAs are now listed on the SASC website. Links to this updated guidance are also on the Patoss website (SpLD Testing and Assessment Guidance Sept 2013).
Following the ADHD Consensus meeting in May and continuing consultation over the summer with a range of interested parties SASC has issued guidance relating to the assessment of ADHD in relation to Disabled Students’ Allowances. This guidance is accessible from our website and the SASC website under SpLD Assessment Tools.
Please note, in addition the Dyspraxia guidance has been updated. This accessible from our website and the SASC website under SpLD Assessment Tools.
Please circulate this information to your colleagues.
The Patoss-JCQ update for our 4th Edition is now available to download from the Resources section of our website. This replaces all previous updates. Also downloadable is additional information on test resources to provide guidance for alternatives to some tests which are being withdrawn.
This document provides a brief commentary on the changes to the JCQ regulations Access Arrangements, Reasonable Adjustments and Special Consideration for the year 1st September 2013 to 31st August 2014.
The 2013-14 Guidelines and Regulations have been issued by the Joint Council for Qualifications. The full guidelines can be downloaded from the Joint Council's website.
BIS Launch Survey on Improving Quality Assurance Frameworks
Introducing improved quality assurance of study needs assessment centres and assistive technology service providers – survey launch.
As you may be aware, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills
(BIS) recently announced its plans for improving the quality assurance of Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) study needs assessments and assistive technology service provision. The work introduces two improvements.
First, the Quality Assurance Frameworks (QAFs) administered and audited by the DSA Quality Assurance Group (DSA-QAG) will be improved by introducing new qualitative measures. Second, a new BIS-led panel will take on a new role overseeing the results of the audit, acting on any issues, and sharing good practice.
BIS has now launched a survey to seek initial stakeholder input on how the Quality Assurance Frameworks can be improved. The survey can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3MNZSNP.
This survey is open until 13 September. Once the survey has closed, BIS will prepare proposals for discussion with DSA-QAG practitioners and other stakeholders.
The questionnaire is quite detailed and you may want to have a chance to think about the questions before answering them. I am grateful to Ian Litterick for copying the survey below so you can preview the questions. You can download them here.
The two DSA Quality Assurance Framework documents are at http://www.dsa-qag.org.uk/Framework-Documents/framework-documents.html
This information should be shared with any who are in contact with potential trainee teachers.
The specific changes for those entering the teaching profession are:
- ♦ The tests became pre-entry tests for initial teacher training (ITT), to be taken once a candidate has submitted an application for an ITT course. Candidates must have passed the tests before starting an ITT course.
- ♦ The pass mark for the skills tests has been raised. This applies to the tests taken by all candidates, including those already on courses.
- ♦ The number of resits allowed has been limited to two per subject for all candidates.
- ♦ Candidates receive their first attempt at each test free of charge but will be charged for resits.
- ♦ Candidates who fail after two resits in either numeracy or literacy are not able to book any more skills tests for 24 months from the date of the second resit.
See our Information Sheet for more information.
Does your work involve the assessment of vulnerable learners at risk of SpLD/dyslexia?
Do you have the ATS [Approved Teacher Status] level qualification approved by the British Dyslexia Association?
Have you completed the British Psychological Society Certificate in Competence in Educational Testing (CCET)?
Do you want to apply for the Patoss Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) to enable you to assess learners for SpLD/dyslexia?
- NEW MODULE NOW AVAILABLE
Patoss in partnership with Bath Spa University are the first to provide a SASC approved module to meet this need.
TT7372: SpLD/Dyslexia: The Effective Assessment Report
++++ Next Offer Starting January 2014 ++++
The module comprises 24 hours of face to face tuition/workshops, professional practice based assignments, plus a commitment to 276+ hours private study. It is likely to be delivered through two full day Saturday workshops and 4 Tuesday twilight sessions 5 pm til 8 pm. These sessions will be offered at Bath Spa University.
There will also be London venues and dates for the 4 twilight sessions will be from 5pm til 8pm Thursdays. All candidates will be expected to attend 6 sessions, including the 2 full day sessions in Bath.
For further details please contact: Dr. Tilly Mortimore email@example.com
For guidance on how to register and other general information, please contact CPD Admin on firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 01225 875593
Patoss along with other members of the Dyslexia-SpLD Trust have commissioned a briefing paper to highlight issues that we feel must be raised at the reading stage of this bill. Please follow the links to the Public Reading Consultation and put in your response. THIS CLOSES ON TUESDAY 26th FEBRUARY - SO ACT NOW!
You can find out more about the public reading and leave your comments on the Parliament website at http://www.parliament.uk/public-reading/children-and-families-bill