JCQ Access Arrangements 2020/21

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Due to the ongoing uncertainty from Covid-19, we have taken the decision to transfer our popular face-to-face AA CPD sessions scheduled for September – October 2020 to online events.

We are delighted to be delivering a package of online training options including both live and recorded sessions.

In designing this package, we have responded to the requests and suggestions we have received from members and delegates. You have told us that you would prefer more targeted content to enable you to select sessions which match your own level of knowledge and specific needs.

With this in mind, we are providing training designed specifically for those new to access arrangements or those who wish to refresh their knowledge and understanding of the principles underlying the assessment process. While, for the more experienced practitioner, we have put together a range of shorter, targeted sessions focussing on this year’s updates and clarifying existing regulations.

Our options aim to give you complete flexibility to mix and match, and to tailor your training in a way that best meets your needs, whether you are an experienced practitioner or completely new to working in access arrangements.


Introduction to the JCQ Changes 2020/2021

We started this year’s access arrangements training with a FREE live webinar brought to you by Patoss in partnership with Communicate-ed.

This webinar introduced the changes for 2020/2021 to the following JCQ documents:

  • ‘Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments (AARA)’
  • ‘Instructions for Conducting Exams (ICE)’
  • ‘General Regulations’

You can book here for the on demand recording which you can view between 27th August and 30th September.


JCQ Access Arrangements: Q&A with the Experts: Your Questions Answered – Live Webinars

Expert panel: Nick Lait - JCQ, Louise Green - experienced assessor, Gareth Cadman, SENDco

These will take place as two live events on 9th September and 17th September 3.45–5.00pm

Designed for assessors, SENDCos, Access Arrangements Co-ordinators, and Heads of Centre who want to explore the finer details of this year’s changes, our Q&A with the experts will give you the opportunity to submit your specific questions regarding this year’s updates to our panel of experts, comprising Nick Lait, Louise Green and Gareth Cadman.

We suggest that you access the free Introduction to the JCQ Changes webinar prior to attending this Q&A session.

Questions for the panel can be submitted in advance once you have booked your place.

Click here to book 9th September, or 17th September


Bite-size Essentials series – recorded webinars available on demand

Each of the Bite-Size Essentials series of recorded webinars addresses a key topic to ensure that you are fully up to date and compliant with JCQ regulations, whether you are an assessor or SENDCo, new to the role or an experienced practitioner. Each bundle comprises three 20 – 30 minute sessions.

Bite-Size Bundle 1: Regulations for key access arrangements

These three sessions cover essential information on assessing and applying for:

  • Extra time
  • Scribe
  • Reader / Computer reader

For more details and booking information click here

Bite-Size Bundle 2: Access Arrangements and using Form 8

These webinars consider the regulations which apply to centre delegated access arrangements and those which must be processed using the JCQ portal, as well as requirements for completing and rolling forward Form 8.

  • Exam access arrangements: centre delegated or online application?
  • Understanding Form 8
  • Rolling forward Form 8

For more details and booking information please click here

Bite-Size Bundle 3: Extending your skills in assessing for access arrangements

Each of the three sessions in this bundle addresses a different aspect of assessment to enable you to extend your knowledge and professional practice.

  • Dealing with external candidates
  • EAL learners and exam access arrangements
  • Building your AA test battery

For more details and booking information please click here


An introduction to Access Arrangements for those New to the Role

Delivered as a live webinar on Thursday 10th September 9.30-11.00am and 11.30am-1.15pm and available afterwards as a recording.

For those who are new to working in access arrangements, we are introducing a completely new half-day training session, delivered as a live event and available afterwards as a recording. Suitable for: Assessors and SENDCos who are new to the role, as well as existing assessors, SENDCos, Access Arrangements Co-ordinators, and Heads of Centre who wish to review best practice.

The course provides an opportunity to build your knowledge and confidence in assessment and reporting procedures for Access Arrangements in GCSEs and GCEs for SpLD learners.

For more details and booking information please click here


Access Arrangements and the Role of the SENDCo – live webinar

Delivered as a live webinar on Wednesday 16th September 3.45–5.00pm and available afterwards as a recording.

This session focusses on access arrangements from the perspective of the SENDCo.  

Gareth Cadman and Samantha McFarlane, both practising SENDCos, will draw on their considerable experience and knowledge to examine the processes underlying applying and assessing for access arrangements. The session will address best practice and how to ensure your centre complies with JCQ regulations.

For more details and booking information please click here