ASSESSMENTS FOR EXAM ACCESS ARRANGEMENTS
For schools and colleges:
I can work with SENCos to assess students either face-to-face or online. This will involve the school emailing me JCQ form 8 in advance with part 1 already completed. The necessary standardised tests will be conducted that specifically address the exam access arrangements being considered. When assessments are conducted online (using tests that have been approved for online use), I ask that students are accompanied by a 'responsible adult' for safeguarding and possibly administration purposes. However, whether they can be done online will depend on the current advice from JCQ.
Within 48 hours, all form 8s will be emailed to the school with part 2 completed. SENCos, please contact me regarding my rate and the process. I can provide a copy of my current SpLD APC and enhanced DBS certificate. Settlement of invoices is asked for within 30 days of the invoice date.
For students and families:
Exam access arrangements (EAAs) refer to the type of help which students benefit from in exams. The better known EAAs are extra time, reader and word processor but there are many more types of arrangement which can help. Such arrangements must reflect the student's 'normal way of working' and therefore schools and colleges take the lead in determining if any help is needed. If you think your chld needs help in exams, it's essential that you talk to the SENCo in the first instance.
In the vast majority of cases for GCSE and A' level exams, short assessments are handled in-house from year 9 onwards. If this is not possible, the school is likely to have an established working relationship with external educational psychologists and specialist teacher assessors, and can advise families on who to approach whilst following the regulations set by JCQ (Joint Council of Qualifications). However, if schools/colleges would like to add me to their lists of approved assessors, including for common entrance and GCSEs/A' levels, please do get in touch.
I often see candidates taking professional exams, such as the ICAEW, UK legal qualifications, US state bar exams, etc. Clients are advised to check with the professional body about exactly what evidence is needed (i.e. a full diagnostic assessment or a short EAA assessment) and whether additional paperwork needs to be completed for which there may be an additional cost.