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Diagnostic Assessment of Pre and Post 16 Students - Tests, Interpretation & Report Writing - SASC Approved Course (DARW)

5 hours (online) - £135 online

This is a practical course for Specialist Teachers who carry out diagnostic assessments for Pre and Post 16 students. It is assumed that delegates will hold an Assessment Practising Certificate (APC), or will be working towards one. Communicate-ed is an Authorised Assessment CPD provider for the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC). This is a SASC approved course giving 5 core hours for renewal of SpLD Assessment Practising Certificates.

This course has been updated to reflect the SASC guidance on the writing of diagnostic assessment reports from October 2021.

It has been written from a practitioner’s perspective and will give guidance on writing clear, accurate reports that follow the recommended guidelines. It will also address common issues that arise particularly when assessors are relatively inexperienced.

The course will cover:

The interview

  • Alternative questionnaires
  • Tests – core tests and optional tests
  • Practical considerations – timing, over testing

The report

  • The recommended template
  • Consideration of potential readers
  • Comment writing - developing a clear style
  • Use of qualifying descriptors
  • Identification

The profile and impact

  • Co-morbidity issues
  • Recommendations
  • Good practice


  • Timings
  • Presentation
  • Data storage

The course tutor is Ros Lehany.

Ros Lehany

Ros Lehany

Ros was an Adult Dyslexia coordinator at Dyslexia Action and has tutored on their Postgraduate certificate course. She worked part time at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds for twelve years where she was responsible for diagnostic assessment, support and the administration of DSA related issues. As an independent consultant (Dyslexia Solutions) she delivers training across the sector and regularly carries out assessments to support DSA applications. From 2008- 2012 she was chair of the Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education (ADSHE) and during this time she was part of the Disabled Students Stakeholder Group at Student Loans Company.

​This course is available online.

Our course tutors can come to your school or college to run the training face to face. Please email for more information (admin at communicate-ed dot org dot uk).

To view our 5 minute Introduction to Communicate-ed Online video please CLICK HERE.

For nearly 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. Many of our delegates are telling us that it is increasingly difficult for busy professionals to take the opportunity to attend courses ‘off-site’. In response to this, we now offer a number of online training courses, focusing on Examination Access Arrangements, Assessment, and Supporting SEN Students.

With the internet now so accessible, 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 delegates

Courses can be viewed at any time, and in any venue where there is a good internet reception.

As standard, you will have 10 days (or for some courses 20 days) from the start date you choose, to login and view the course. You can run the course as many times as you want to within this 10/20 day period. We also run special offers for some courses which give unlimited access to courses to the end of an academic year.

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


  • fee £135.00

Early Bird rate applies to bookings for Face to Face courses received 21 days before the course date.

Mentoring for Diagnostic Assessment report completion

Our experienced course tutors can offer 5 hours mentoring for delegates who would like support with their report writing.

Please note:

  • There can be no guarantee of passing the APC renewal after mentoring
  • The report that the mentor feeds back on cannot be used for the Assessment Practising Certificate renewal (the APC renewal report needs to have been completed independently).

The fee for mentoring (which will take place by a mixture of email, phone or online video call by agreement with your mentor) is £350 for Communicate-ed members and £395 for non-members. For more information please contact debbie at communicate-ed dot org dot uk dot

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