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An Overview of Access Arrangements (EAAO)

40 minutes (online) - £40

Have you ever wished that subject tutors, teachers and senior managers knew enough about Access Arrangements to fully support the Access Arrangements process in your centre?

In this 40 minute course Caroline Read gives a brief overview of Access Arrangements, including outlining the rationale for Access Arrangements for General Qualifications (GCSE, GCE, ELC etc), showing the arrangements which are available to students and outlining the responsibility to implement arrangements in lessons. The course is suitable for tutors, subject teachers, managers and support assistants - it would be ideal for a staff training day.

This course offers an overview of:

  • The rationale for Access Arrangements for General Qualifications (GCSE, GCE, ELC etc.)
  • The arrangements that are available
  • The evidence required to before an arrangement can be granted
  • How subject teachers and support staff can work with the SENCo/Head of Learning Support to implement arrangements

The course tutor is Caroline Read.

Caroline Read

Caroline Read

Caroline is a Specialist Teacher who has practical experience in all areas of the Access Arrangements process and trains for LAs, Universities and SEN Services. Caroline contributed to the PATOSS/JCQ publication ‘Dyslexia: Assessing the need for Access Arrangements’, has been published in academic journals and has worked with various publishers to develop tests. She was part of the working party which set up ‘Access Arrangements Online’ and has been involved with other DfE and Ofqual training and policy projects.

This online course is designed to be administered in one of two ways.

  1. Ideally a group of subject teachers, support assistants and leaders will be able to access the course together at the same time. For this we recommend that you use a digital projector and large screen with speakers to amplify the presentation.
  2. If one or two staff members are unable to make the group session, the centre administrator (i.e. the person who was sent the login details, password etc) can arrange for individual staff members to access the course on a PC with headphones. Please note that due to the login requirements it is only possible for one person to be accessing the course at one time using this method.

You will have 10 days from the start date you choose to login and view the course – you can run the course as many times as you want within this 10 day period, and there is not a maximum number of delegates for the total course fee of £40. All delegates must all be from your school or college, you can’t use the course to train staff from other centres. We do not provide individual certificates for delegates attending this course, but on request we can provide a certificate confirming that the centre accessed the training (for JCQ inspection purposes). You may wish to add the name of each delegate who attended the course to this certificate so that they have a personalised copy for their CPD file.

For over two decades we have been running courses across the country, aiming to provide high quality, value for money training for education professionals working in the area of special needs. We know from speaking to many of our delegates, that it is increasingly difficult for busy professionals to take the opportunity to attend courses off-site. In response to this, we also offer a broad range of online training courses, focusing on Examination Access Arrangements, Assessment, and Supporting Students with SEND.

The advantages of online courses are clear:

  • They can be accessed at the delegate’s convenience, in the workplace or home
  • Delegates don’t need to travel, saving time and transport costs
  • Running costs are lower, allowing us to pass savings on to our delegatesWe offer both individual courses and group courses (moved).

We offer both individual courses and group courses.

Our online courses are designed to be administered in one of two ways depending on whether one member of staff or a group are accessing the course. Courses can be viewed at any time, and in any venue where there is a good internet reception.

Group courses can be viewed in either of the following ways:

  1. A group of staff accessing the course together at the same time. For this we recommend that you use a digital projector and large screen with speakers to amplify the presentation. This has advantage of group interaction and monitoring of involvement. OR
  2. Each member of staff has an individual login and accesses the training on their own device. This has the advantage of flexibility, as the course can be accessed at a time/place to suit the individual (in school/college or at home).

Each login will give access to the chosen course for 10 consecutive days (Language Modification is 20 days and exam helper cousres are for the rest of the academic year) and the course (or parts of the course) can be accessed as many times as required within this period.

If a group of delegates are accessing a course together, all delegates must be from your centre; you may not use the course to train staff from other centres.

N.B. Delegates will need a good internet connection to access our online courses.

If you are already registered for an online course with us, please click here to log into your course.


  • 10 consecutive days access £40.00

​This course relates to the 2023/24 JCQ regulations. Please note this course has subtitles.

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