LON21/11/18 Diagnostic Assessment at Secondary Level: Best Practice in Testing and Reporting: SASC Authorised

Date: 21/11/2018

Location: Ambassadors, Bloomsbury London

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

37 Spaces Remaining

LON21/11/18 Diagnostic Assessment at Secondary Level: Best Practice in Testing and Reporting: SASC Authorised

Location: London

Presenter: Judy Capener and Lesley Burnett

Booking Ref: LON01/11/17

Day of Week: Wednesday

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

Link to Venue: Ambassadors Hotel, Bloomsbury

Using real case studies, this course focuses on best practice in the diagnostic assessment of SpLD/Dyslexia at Key Stages 3 and 4.


A day designed for assessors in SpLD to gain or refresh their knowledge in the assessment of students at KSt 3/4, including pertinent factors related to this age range and how to write accessible, informative reports. The analysis of data and learner profiles to form confident conclusions is discussed in actual cases.  

Course Description

This day has been designed for specialist teachers/ assessors in SpLD working with secondary age students who wish to refresh their skills in the assessment of learners at Key stages 3 and 4. It will focus on the production of a well written diagnostic assessment report which takes account of both the quantitative and qualitative information gathered to enable schools to understand the needs of the students. It will discuss the factors to be considered when assessing this age range, including those students whose specific difficulties have been not been previously diagnosed, and the principles underpinning the selection of tests at secondary level.  Using actual case studies, it will discuss the analysis of the data and the learner profile to form a confident conclusion.

On the day delegates will explore

  • The essential foundation work of collecting background information, role of screening in the process and how to choose appropriate diagnostic tests to meet the needs of older students
  • Analysing strengths and weaknesses, identifying protective and compensatory factors when drawing conclusions
  • A structured approach to report writing that meets the SASC guidelines for good assessment practice
  • Presenting outcomes in an accessible style that is appropriate for a range of audiences
  • Looking for signs of co-occurrence, how to report this and referring on to other professionals

Course Outcome

Diagnostic assessment of SpLD/ Dyslexia at secondary level demands assessors have sound understanding of the factors involved. Participants will gain relevant, up to date knowledge required for good practice and be confident in the application of the principles for this group or students. Through case studies, experience and understanding will be shared with other assessors.


Delegates may bring test manuals if they wish for reference but this is not essential.


Delegates are expected to hold a relevant qualification in the diagnostic assessment of SpLD. [Level 7 or equivalent qualification])

Target Audience

Specialist teachers/assessors in SpLD working with students at secondary level

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


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.