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Assessing for Access Arrangements - 4th edition


Dyslexia: Assessing the need for Access Arrangements during Examinations

A Practical Guide — Fourth Edition
edited by Anwen Jones
ISBN: 0-9539315-4-4
Published in association with the Joint Council for Qualifications, this edition is completely revised to bring you up-to-date with the latest JCQ Regulations and replaces all earlier editions of this valuable book. An update for 2012-13 is included with this publication.

Fully updated to reflect

  • Access Arrangements Online
    Important new guidance on arrangements for extra time
    Additional guidance for FE
    Detailed timetable and guidance for SENCOs


An essential resource for anyone providing assessments for access arrangements in examinations for students with SpLDs.

Order from the Patoss website: Resources page.

For those who have a copy of the 4th edition the 2012-13 update insert is downloadable from the Patoss website: Resources page.

Dyslexia: Assessing and Reporting - The Patoss Guide 2nd edition


Anwen Jones and Katherine Kindersley  ISBN:  9781444190342         

This completely revised edition provides an authoritative and up-to-date guide to best practice in diagnostic assessment. It focuses on the core principles, purposes and practicalities of assessment in light of recent research, changing discrimination legislation, new test resources and professional standards.  Two experts with a wealth of experience provide detailed advice on how to interpret results, explore co-occurring difficulties and offer a coherent approach to reporting, with practical guidance for day-to-day diagnostic work throughout.


'This is an excellent book! Behind the rather practical title lies a very good overview of current concepts in the field of dyslexia and related specific learning disorders and a wealth of knowledge and experience about assessment.' Quote from Professor Maggie Snowling, St John's College, Oxford.

Published by Hodder Education. Order from our Resources pages.

Tutor-Assessor Index


The Tutor and Assessor Index is the only nationwide list of suitably qualified teachers/tutors willing to provide specialist teaching and/or carry out assessments - for teaching, exam access arrangements or Disabled Students' Allowance. Although there are many well-qualified tutors around the country, they are not always easy to find.

All those on the list are Patoss members who have an approved qualification. Details include qualifications, special professional interests, and preferred age ranges.

Details of our members are now listed on the website. 

If you wish to find a tutor or assessor in your area, please complete the postcode information or select a county and download a listing. If this is the first time you are using this site to download materials you will have to register [registration is free].

To access the listing click here

How Dyslexics Learn - Grasping the Nettle

Grasping the Nettle 

by Dr. Kate Saunders and Annie White
Illustrated by Jonathan Pitts
Published by Patoss 2002

How Dyslexics Learn, Grasping the Nettle is an excellent resource from Patoss. It is included on the list of recommended reading for the OCR training courses for SpLD Specialist Teachers.

Recognising learning strengths is a key element to successful teaching. This book concentrates on the successful strategies dyslexics have used and the positive traits associated with dyslexic learners. The theme of the book likens the support dyslexic learners need to the careful husbandry used by a skilled and creative gardener.
The gardening analogy proves to be an apt one, as indeed parents and teachers of dyslexic learners, like gardeners, need to be resourceful, imaginative, patient, optimistic, and full of vision.

The ideas contained in this very practical book will help both those new to teaching dyslexics and those who feel they need an extra fillip to their teaching. Ann, Kate and Jonathan have contributed to the armoury of resources available to support dyslexics something which is fresh, different and, above all, appealing.

Kath Morris, OCR Assistant Chief Verifier SpLD Scheme and former SpLD Course Tutor says:
"This book was written partly to redress the balance by training the spotlight on dyslexics learning strengths rather than their weaknesses and partly to fill a gap in the market by producing a practical teaching resource aimed at teachers new to the field.

How Dyslexics Learn has been written to be easily understood by new and experienced teachers of dyslexic learners, other professionals working in the field, non-specialist teachers, parents and adult dyslexics. It avoids technical jargon and the whole ethos of the book is positive. The excellent colour illustrations help bring to life the multi-memory techniques described in this refreshing resource.

The message that comes across loud and clear is that dyslexics can be effective learners as long as the teaching methods are appropriate. The concept of video memory is explored and practical suggestions are given as to how this can be incorporated into the teaching of spelling, reading comprehension, study skills, mathematical tables facts among others.

Generously illustrated in full colour, this publication has broken new ground. The result is a book you feel you can't wait to read rather than a book you feel you ought to read.


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