Renewing Your Assessment Practising Certificate On-line: SASC Authorised

To help specialist teacher/assessors already conducting diagnostic assessments to review SASC current best practice in diagnostic assessment and report writing.


The Department for Education has changed its evidence requirements for applications for disabled student allowances.  From February 2019, for a student at any age, a diagnostic assessment that meets SASC guidelines produced by a specialist teacher assessor with a current APC at the time of assessment, or a suitably qualified psychologistwill be accepted as evidence for the Disabled Student Allowance.  With the advent of the removal of the age limit on the student’s age at the time of diagnostic assessment, reports produced by holders of an APC will have a longer lifespan.  The course will consider in detail the January 2020 SASC Guidelines[1] for best practice in diagnostic assessment and report writing.   

[1] SASC Guidelines

Course Description

A diagnostic assessment report, more than ever, is an important and valuable document enabling the individual at its heart to understand their strengths and weaknesses and go forward to achieve their goals.  Accessibility of the report is key for the specialist and non-specialist alike whilst ensuring the report is rigorous enough to stand up to potential legal challenge.  This is no easy task and this CPD event will provide invaluable support for professionals conducting diagnostic assessments. Delegates will:

  • review the new SASC Guidelines for best practice and the criteria and accompanying marking system by which reports submitted for APC renewal are reviewed
  • have the opportunity to refresh their understanding of the psychometric principles essential for all those who write assessment reports at this level
  • review in detail the importance of background information and its role in the assessment
  • evaluate the core assessment areas of all full diagnostic assessment reports
  • review the recommendations section
  • consider how the assessment findings, including the background information, can be mapped to a recognised definition of dyslexia and inform the diagnostic decision

A series of short quizzes will enable assessors to reflect on the course content. On completion of the course delegates will be asked to submit feedback which will then enable them to download their SASC authorised certificate.

Course Outcome

Participants will develop an awareness of the essential elements of a full diagnostic assessment and how best to ensure their reports meet the standard required by SASC for the renewal of an APC.


It will be assumed that delegates are qualified to conduct full diagnostic assessments and are familiar with key underlying principles and assessment procedures and common tests.


A copy of the WRIT Manual would be useful but not essential.


This is an online course and delegates will have access to the training for a two week period to complete it. Access will commence from when the admin team give log-in access. Please ensure you have the time to complete the training before you book your place.

Joining Instructions

Once delegates have booked and paid for the course, the admin team will email with log-in details to access the course which is hosted on Moodle. Access is usually given within 24 hours of bookings being completed and paid for. 

What our delegates say:

'I feel this is the most I have ever been able to learn on a course, the ability to stop and rewind was phenomenal.'

'Many thanks for a thorough presentation'

'I enjoy online training as it allows me to digest the information at my own pace and revisit parts of the presentations I hadn't fully understood. It also makes more training opportunities accessible to me due to my remote geographical location.'

'I am finding the online courses very useful rather than having to travel to London which is where a lot of the courses usually happen. The accessing it at times suitable to us as individuals also suits me as an individual too. This would be a useful feature in the future too. Thank you for the training'

'Fantastic idea to deliver the training in this manner. '

'I love doing these online as I have time to pause, go back re-watch watch one bit and then come back later once I have processed that and move on.'

'I really enjoyed the training and found it hugely beneficial. It was very clear with lots of demonstrations. The mapping of the diagnostic decision section was particularly interesting.'

'Thank you for the training it has been really useful. I do feel much more confident.'

'An excellent, clear and valuable on-line course.  Thank you.'

'This is by far the best and most practical training session I have attended over the years with PATOSS.  Well done.  It is simple and clear for those just setting out as an assessor and for others reinforces good practice and provides evidence for new emphasis on certain aspects, which have recently changed.'

'As much as I would have loved to meet up with everyone, I have really enjoyed having online access to this course. I've been able to access and revisit areas as and when I've had a few minutes and it's really helped me to clarify the information and apply it to my reports.'

'Many thanks for the course.  It is always reassuring to have this training so that I can keep updated about any new research or guidelines.'

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.


Sheila Rostill, Webinar Administrator


T:   07956 644 786

When & Where

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Cancellation/Transfer Policy 

Please ignore the date that comes up when you book your ticket. This refers to when the course was set up and does not affect your access to the course. 

SASC Blue Block

5 Hours

For those professionals seeking to update an Assessment Practising Certificate, this event will contribute 5 hours to the core assessment practice CPD requirements.

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