OnDemand: The Role of the SENCo in Access Arrangements: How a SENCo can Develop a Whole-Centre Approach

This session will help you prepare for inspections and ensure your centre meets JCQ requirements. 

Suitable for SENDCos, Heads of Centre, and others involved in managing the Access Arrangements process in secondary settings, presented by Gareth Cadman and Sam McFarlane.


Getting access arrangements right for your school and students is one of the most important aspects of the role of a secondary SENDCo. The successful application and management of access arrangements is often regarded as ‘levelling the playing field’ for students with specific difficulties, allowing them to perform at their absolute best and ‘show what they know’.

Course Description

This training, delivered by two highly experienced secondary school SENDCos, will demystify the process by outlining the importance and requirements of JCQ regulations, demonstrating how the process works in school and the key role played by the SENDCo in ensuring effective access arrangements. You will be given handy tips, hints and proformas to ensure your access arrangements run smoothly within your school. This training will also explore effective study skills support and how to help your qualifying students make the most of their access arrangements.

Session 1:  Overview of the JCQ Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments and the in-school process

Session 2: Roles and responsibilities, with a particular focus on the role of the SENDCo, paperwork and implementation

Course Outcomes

Delegates will gain

  • An enhanced understanding of the processes and regulations set out in the JCQ Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments 2021-22
  • Understanding of changes to the regulations for 2021-22 and how these will affect your practice
  • An understanding of the roles of different members of the team, with a particular focus on the role of the SENDCo
  • Knowledge of tired and tested strategies to ensure the smooth-running of your access arrangements process
  • Knowledge of ways to support your qualifying students to improve their study skills and benefit fully from their access arrangements

Target Audience

  • SENDCos
  • Heads of centre
  • Exams Officers
  • Senior managers


This course is on demand and is a recording of a live event.

Delegates will have direct access to the event in the ‘My Online Events’ section of their account for two weeks from the payment date, and can watch as any times as they like during that period. Please allow a few minutes for it to appear, or refresh the page if necessary.

If paying by card (please ensure the billing address and card address match), access will be given within a minute or so. If paying by invoice, access will be given on payment of that invoice. You will need to check with your own finance department to see when the invoice is paid. If paying by BACS, you will need to give our finance department a day or so to link the payment to the invoice which will activate access.

Course Materials

Electronic copies of the handouts will be provided but delegates will be responsible for printing off their own copies as this event is online.

Terms & Conditions

Please note, this training must be paid in full before access is given to the webinar. By submitting a booking, you are agreeing to pay Patoss Ltd within 30 days. You are also agreeing to accept our Cancellation/Transfer Policy and Terms and Conditions which are shown at the bottom of the website page 

Delegates will be responsible for ensuring that they have suitable Wi-Fi, hardware and software to enable them to view the webinar.



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This course is worth 2 hours CPD

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