LON21/02/18 Diagnostic Assessment for the Workplace: SASC Authorised

Date: 21/02/2018

Location: Ambassadors, Bloomsbury London

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

8 Spaces Remaining

LON21/02/18 Diagnostic Assessment for the  Workplace: SASC Authorised

Location: London

Presenters: Colleen Pearson and Sally-Ann Morrison

Booking Ref: LON21/02/17

Day of Week: Wednesday

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

Link to VenueAmbassadors Hotel, Bloomsbury

Target Audience: This course is for diagnostic assessors who want to extend their practice into the workplace

Prerequisites: Delegates will need to hold a current Assessment Practising Certificate. 

Course Details: The vast majority of people with dyslexia will be in the workplace. This course enables diagnostic assessors to extend their practice into the workplace. On the course delegates will examine how to make recommendation to reports written for University students to transfer to the workplace. They will learn how to advise employers on making reasonable adjustment to comply with good practice, which makes their companies more successful commercially, and understand both the legal requirements with regards to the Equality Act, and the way Access to Work functions.  

It will include:

• Adding recommendations to a DSA report for the workplace
• Diagnostic assessments for the workplace – what is similar to DSA reports and what are the differences
• Legal framework (Equality Act, 2010)
• Access to work
• Reasonable adjustments and strategies
• Workplace needs assessments

Learning Outcomes:
• To understand the legal framework affecting employees with SpLDs in the workplace
• To understand the Access to Work scheme
• To be able to identify how a diagnostic report can be adapted for the workplace
• To identify appropriate recommendations for reasonable adjustments and strategies
• To understand what is different about a workplace needs assessment

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: www.sasc.org.uk


Colleen Pearson 
Colleen has postgraduate qualifications in Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) (both dyslexia for FE/HE at MMU and DCD/dyspraxia at the University of Wales (Newport)), AMBDA status and a current SpLD Assessment Practising Certificate from PATOSS.

Colleen started her career as a full time dyslexia tutor and assessor at a college of further education in 2004, carrying out screenings and assessments, and providing specialist tuition to students with specific learning difficulties. She also taught on OCN Dyslexia Awareness Courses (level 2 and 3) and delivered CPD training on specific learning difficulties to college staff and students on relevant courses, including teacher training courses. She also provided specialist tuition to students at a local university. Following redundancy, she became freelance in February 2010, continuing as a tutor working for agencies providing study skills tuition for students at two universities, as well as carrying out full diagnostic assessments. She also worked for Dyslexia Action as an e-learning tutor on their postgraduate certificate course in SpLD. She currently focuses on full diagnostic assessments for students (post 16) including those applying for Disabled Students Allowance or access arrangements for examinations and tuition. She also provides diagnostic assessments and workplace needs assessments for the workplace. Although she is self-employed, she has regular clients who use her services, including a University, a local dyslexia association and a sixth form college. She has worked as a PATOSS mentor since 2015.

Sally-Ann Morrison
Sally-Ann began her career as an Adult Literacy tutor before specialising in dyslexia and holds a Masters in Adult Dyslexia Diagnosis and Support. (ADDS). She worked as the Dyslexia Co-ordinator at a large FE college for ten years, simultaneously delivering the Pg Dip ADDS for London South Bank University in the North West of England. Following her role as Senior Lecturer on an AMBDA accredited Pg Cert programme, she founded her SpLD consultancy and works as an independent SpLD assessor and trainer. The majority of her SpLD assessment work is with FE and HE students, and she also provides specialist tuition and workplace assessment and training. She is also a SuperReading trainer. Her passion for teacher training is currently being indulged via tutoring for the Patoss/Bath Spa University ‘The Effective Assessment Report’ course.