OXD25/09/18 JCQ Access Arrangements: Assessment and Management 2018/2019: SASC Authorised

Date: 25/09/2018

Location: Holiday Inn Oxford

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

43 Spaces Remaining

OXD25/09/18 JCQ Access Arrangements: Assessment and Management 2018/2019: SASC Authorised


Presenters: Lia Castiglione, Louise Green and Nick Lait

Booking Ref: OXD25/09/18

Day of Week: Tuesday

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

Link to Venue: Holiday Inn Oxford

Course summary:  An opportunity for those involved in assessing for access arrangements to gain or refresh their knowledge of the assessment and reporting procedures for Access Arrangements in GCSEs and GCEs for SpLD learners.

Target audience: Course delegates are expected to be assessors with responsibility for assessing for access arrangements in GCSE/ GCE examinations.

This full day course has been specifically designed for those new to assessment for Access Arrangements as well as experienced assessors who wish to refresh and update their knowledge on meeting the needs of learners with SpLD in examinations.

  • Explore changes to the current academic year’s JCQ Regulations for Access Arrangements at GCSE and GCE levels
  • Review the selection of reliable, valid and up-to-date assessment tools to determine appropriate access arrangements to meet individual needs
  • Investigate gathering evidence from both the assessment and the centre to fulfil the requirements for each access arrangement
  • Consider best practice in reporting outcomes, informing colleagues and learners to comply with JCQ regulations including JCQ Form 8, essential record keeping systems and the processing of applications using the online system
  • Discuss and clarify the particular queries relating to your own practice and setting

The course will discuss current regulations relating to GCSE and GCE qualifications. In this context it aims to develop delegates’ knowledge of standardised assessment for access arrangements and the selection of appropriate tests to establish individual needs. It will address best practice in managing the assessment process, communicating with relevant parties, essential record keeping and processing applications. 
Questions and Answer sessions are included throughout the day, with opportunities to discuss delegates’ particular queries relating to access arrangements for GCSE and GCE candidates.

Nick Lait, Head of Examination Services at the JCQ, will attend to provide an update to the regulations and to answer specific queries.

Delegates are asked to bring a copy of the JCQ Guidelines for 2017/ 2018, if available.

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


Lia Castiglione

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; mentoring programme and professional practice community forum.

Louise Green

Louise was assessed as being both dyslexic and dyspraxic as an adult, which explained the difficulties she has had with accuracy in reading and spelling all her life.  She 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.  She currently teaches at an independent and a state school in Bucks, and carries out assessments at Bucks New Uni and various schools in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and London.

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.  He is also Chair of the JCQ Special Requirements Committee.

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 and played a lead role in the development of Access Arrangements Online.