MAN15/11/17 Confidence in your Tests, Statistics and Interpretation: SASC Authorised

Date: 15/11/2017

Location: Novotel Manchester Centre

Price (per person): Members £145, Non-members £175

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MAN15/11/17 Confidence in your Tests, Statistics and Interpretation: SASC Authorised

Location: Manchester

Presenters: Judy Capener and Lesley Burnett

Booking Ref: MAN/15/11/17

Day of Week: Wednesday

Course Times: 10.00am to 4.15pm (registration from 9.30am)

Link to VenueNovotel Manchester Centre

Target Audience

Specialist teachers and assessors in SpLD 

Prerequisites: Specialist teachers and assessors in SpLD (Level 7 or equivalent qualification)

If possible, delegates are asked to bring a copy of a manual for the Wide Range Intelligence Test (WRIT) and Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing 2nd Edition (CTOPP2)

Course Details: An opportunity for assessors/specialist teachers to gain confidence in the more subtle and complex areas of diagnostic assessment, refresh their knowledge of statistical concepts in psychometric testing and enhance their skills in the analysis of data and interpretation of standard score profiles.  

This event is intended as a training opportunity for SpLD specialist teachers and assessors who already carry out full diagnostic assessments and who would like to gain further confidence in more the advanced statistical concepts of psychometric testing, including detailed analysis. The course has been designed to focus more precisely on the data analysis element of the assessment process. In addition it will discuss the key requirement to present assessment findings in an accessible format. The course will:

• Refresh your knowledge of advanced statistical concepts in psychometric testing
• Enhance your skills in the analysis of data and interpretation of standard score profiles
• Investigate how such profiles enable assessors to discuss implications for learning
• Explore how data and qualitative information form the foundation of confident diagnostic conclusions and appropriate recommendations
• Ensure your assessment reports meet current professional best practice recommendations for reporting outcomes

It will review the need for reliability in the selection and use of standardised tests and how information on validity can support discussions in a diagnostic report. Experienced assessors will guide professionals through data analysis, interpretation of standard score profiles leading to diagnostic conclusions and recommendations so practitioners can have improved confidence in their assessment practice. Working with colleagues, an opportunity to apply these strategies to case study data will take throughout the day close the day.

SpLD Assessment Standards Committee Authorised CPD

SASC is the national SpLD Assessment Standards Committee. This cross-organisational body sets the standards required for Assessment Practising Certificates and oversees and monitors the awarding process. For those professionals seeking to update an Assessment Practising Certificate, this event will contribute 5 hours to the core assessment practice CPD requirements. If you have any questions on this aspect please contact the Patoss office or see the SASC website at:


Judy Capener 

Judy is an experienced teacher and teacher trainer and a long -standing member of the British Dyslexia Association Accreditation Board. Judy has been a programme leader for a number of post-graduate courses in SpLD. She led an OCR Certificate in Teaching Learners with SpLD for teachers under the Rose Review funding and more recently has been presenting the recent DfE Funded training days, Teaching for Neurodiversity. She has delivered extensive dyslexia training in the UK, including speaking at the BDA International Conferences on the role of morphology as an alternative approach to enhancing vocabulary, reading and spelling skills. Currently Judy works independently as a consultant, assessor and specialist teacher and is a director of PATOSS.

Lesley Burnett 

Lesley has 40 years’ experience of working in education. She has been a teacher, SENCo and Deputy Head and has also worked as an advisory specialist teacher in both Primary and Secondary schools for East Sussex LA. From 2009 to 2011, Lesley was the Postgraduate Programme Director for Dyslexia Action, leading a team of 45 tutors in developing and delivering the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma courses for teachers under the Rose Review funding.

Lesley now works as an independent dyslexia/SpLD specialist and consultant and divides her time between carrying out diagnostic assessments (including those for DSAs), training teachers, advising in schools, specialist teaching, speaking about dyslexia and writing. She is particularly interested in the effect of Specific Learning Difficulties on self-esteem, motivation and learning.