LON15/08/18 Diagnostic Assessment: Renewing Your Assessment Practising Certificate: SASC Authorised

Date: 15/08/2018

Location: Ambassadors, Bloomsbury London

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

45 Spaces Remaining

LON15/08/18 Diagnostic Assessment: Renewing Your Assessment Practising Certificate: SASC Authorised

Location: London

Presenters: Jennifer McDermott and Sally-Ann Morrison

Booking Ref: LON15/08/18

Day of Week: Wednesday

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

Link to VenueAmbassadors Hotel, Bloomsbury

Target Audience: Specialist teacher/ assessor 

Aims: To help specialist teachers/ assessors already conducting diagnostic assessments to review current best practice report writing


  • Review current SASC [1] Guidelines for best practice, psychometric principles underpinning statistical analysis and compilation of quantitative information, alongside qualitative analysis and observations.
  • Explore ways to streamline the writing process by adopting a structured approach
  • Consider how to most effectively present data in an accessible format; communicate technical information; keep the needs of the ‘learner’ at the heart of the process. 

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

A diagnostic assessment report is an important and valuable document. At its heart is the individual for whom it can provide the ‘gateway’ to understanding their strengths and weaknesses and achieving their goals.  It is also likely to be read by specialist and non-specialist alike and so must be accessible whilst being rigorous enough to stand up to potential legal challenge.  This is no easy task and this CPD event will provide invaluable support for professionals trying to meet these goals. The course will consider the current SASC[1] Guidelines for best practice; explore best practice with regard to the format of a report and test selection; review current guidelines with regard to statistical analysis and how to present quantitative information in an accessible and reliable way; consider the role of qualitative information and how this can inform the diagnostic decision.

This event will focus on generic report writing skills, and is therefore suitable for professionals working across all age ranges, including those who must ensure reports are acceptable to support Disabled Student’s Allowance applications.

A complete exemplar report will not be offered (due to the vast array of settings and purposes for reports) but you will be shown a clear structure and approach to report writing.  By the end of the day, with the support of the presenters and through sharing ideas with fellow delegates working in similar contexts, you will feel more confident that your reports will reflect best practice.

Please note: 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.

SpLD Assessment Standards Committee Authorised CPD

[1] 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 


Jennifer McDermott

Jennifer trained with Dyslexia Action (Institute) in 1999 and has worked as a SENCo in a primary school and as an assessor in a college of Further Education; she is currently an independent educational assessor covering a range of assessment areas.  Jen became a member of the Patoss Board in 2011 and of the SASC Board in January 2015.  Her interest in and commitment to diagnostic assessment underpins her work as Leader of the Patoss APC Review Team and has led to her delivering training designed to support members applying for the renewal of Assessment Practising Certificates as well as on other aspects of assessment such as standardised tests and statistics.  Jen has been involved with training on the Bath Spa module - SpLD/Dyslexia: The Effective Assessment Report, and has helped with the development of the Patoss mentoring scheme.

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.