LON09/01/18 SENCos & Access Arrangements

Date: 09/01/2018

Location: Ambassadors, Bloomsbury London

Price (per person): Members £155, Non-members £185

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LON09/01/18 SENCos & Access Arrangements

Location: London

Presenters: Lia Border with Louise Green and Nick Lait

Booking Ref: LON09/01/18

Day of Week: Tuesday

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

Link to Venue: Ambassadors Hotel, Bloomsbury

Target audience:  Special Needs Coordinators/ Heads of Learning Support/Specialist Teachers working in Centres. Exams Officers are able attend along with the SENCo.

Prerequisites: Delegates should be involved in the access arrangements process in their centre in the capacity of SENCo/Head of Learning Support. They should be familiar with the JCQ Access Arrangements regulations handbook, which should be brought to the training event.

Course Details: The event will cover roles and responsibilities of centre staff; appointment of appropriate assessorscommon access arrangements; evidence gathering and reporting; JCQ Form 8 assessment and interpretation; processing applications and the centre inspection process.

This event is for SENCos/Learning Support Managers who are involved in the access arrangements process for GCSE/GCE level qualifications within a school or college.

The day will:

  • Explore the roles and responsibilities of key personnel involved in the access arrangements process, including the Head of Centre; the SENCo, the exams officer and the specialist assessor
  • Discuss what must be considered in appointing a specialist assessor
  • Consider the range of access arrangements available to candidates, with a focus on those with learning difficulties
  • Reflect on the evidence requirements for access arrangements; the gathering of centre-based evidence; recording evidence using Form 8 and storage requirements
  • Reflect on evidence gathering for those candidates who do not require a Form 8
  • Discuss what must be considered when accepting a report from an external assessor
  • Investigate the processing of access arrangements using the online system
  • Review the JCQ centre inspection process to gain understanding of the requirements for compliance with JCQ regulations

The training will focus on the access arrangements process within a centre. It will update SENCOs / Learning Support Managers on the current 2016/17 JCQ regulations and the holistic approach to access arrangements now required.

Nick Lait, the Head of Examination Services at the JCQ will attend to provide information from the JCQ and to answer specific queries.

Please note this event is not SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC) Authorised Training


Lia Border

Lia has been teaching for over 20 years, originally training as a primary school teacher. She began her specialist training in the desire to help those learners who failed to respond to conventional teaching. She has had a varied career, with roles including Learning Support Coordinator in a sixth form college and Lead Dyslexia Specialist Teacher for Warwickshire. She holds an OCR Diploma and an Assessment Practising Certificate and regularly assesses for access arrangements and DSA applications. As well as working as a freelance specialist teacher and assessor, Lia is the Patoss Professional Practice Advisor. This is a varied role which includes coordinating the Patoss post-graduate module; helpline, mentoring programme and professional practice community forum

Louise Green

Louise has been working as a specialist teacher and assessor since 1990. She became interested in specific learning difficulties when her eldest son was diagnosed as dyslexic in 1985 and her subsequent discovery that she herself was dyslexic and dyspraxic revolutionised her life, inspiring her to study for an MSc in Human Communications from UCL. Louise has been assessing both students and adults since she gained her RSA Diploma in 1989. She holds a practising certificate and teaching certificate, both issued by Patoss and regularly assesses for access arrangements and the DSA.

Nick Lait

Nick Lait is Head of Examination Services at the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), where his responsibilities encompass producing the various JCQ documents relating to examination administration, such as the JCQ publication Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments and Instructions for conducting examinations.
Nick provides on-going advice and guidance to schools and colleges, predominately on access arrangements.  He has a thorough knowledge of the examination administration system having previously worked with Edexcel for 11 years from 1996-2007 in both UK and International exam operations.