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Examination Access Arrangements Update/Refresher Training Options 2020

Please find below details and links to our three online options for Update/Refresher training in Examination Access Arrangements for 2020.

At Communicate-ed, in common with schools, colleges, universities and businesses across the UK, we have needed to change our plans for 2020. Our business was founded upon our well attended face to face autumn training in Examination Access Arrangements, taken to cities around the UK. But this year is different. We consulted our regular delegates to see what sort of training you would prefer this year, and overwhelmingly you have told us that you would be reluctant to attend at a venue, even if government regulations allowed it. In addition, venues have contacted us to cancel our bookings as they will not be able to house us within distancing guidelines.

We have therefore made the decision to offer two course delivery options for Update/Refresher training in Examination Access Arrangements in 2020, both of which will be online. Communicate-ed has led the way in online training in this field over the last decade, and we are confident to build on this further. The choices we are offering are either live interactive webinars or a pre-recorded video presentation. The basic course content will be the same in each, but the Webinars will provide opportunities for live interaction with both the presenters and colleagues. Choose which one works best for you.

As ever, these are not basic courses and will assume a level of knowledge and experience. Attendees will be required to confirm that they have a good knowledge of the JCQ regulations. For details of our introductiory course, please click here.

Live Interactive Webinars

Throughout the period of lockdown we have offered and delivered live, interactive webinars on the popular Zoom meetings platform. We will be using this same proven technology for the Autumn series of courses. We are choosing to restrict participant numbers in each webinar and throughout the sessions there will be opportunities for this to be broken down further into a number of ‘breakout rooms’, allowing real-time small group interaction and discussion. Questions will also be dealt with in two smaller groups, allowing maximum time for answers.

We will use breakout rooms to offer the option for colleagues to gather together in groupings relating to their role and setting - as we have always done. These will be informal,
providing an opportunity to talk about issues of common concern. Delegates regularly find these extremely useful and encouraging.

Please note that we will not be recording the webinar due to data protection issues with the interactive element of the course. It will not be possible to view the course again after the live presentation.

Full day Live Webinar (£115) - click for dates and booking

Morning session (9.30am - 12.45pm)

  • Applying for AAs online
  • AA for candidates with Learning Difficulties/EHCP/Disabilities
  • Recommendations for new and established tests
  • Assessing while social distancing
  • Completion of form 8
  • Case studies/discussion

Lunchtime Networking Opportunities (12.45 - 1.30pm)

Using breakout rooms, we will offer the option to network with other colleagues in similar roles during the lunch break. Your choice of interest group will be requested when you log in to the course.

Afternoon Session (1.30-4.00pm)

  • Extended Q&A (1 hour in two parallel breakout rooms)
  • Three seminar options (2.45-4.00pm)

Seminar options (more details on course page)

  1. Providing Evidence of Normal Way of Working (Lia Castiglione)
  2. Assessing for Access Arrangements via an Online Video Link (Caroline Read)
  3. Assessing candidates with an unusual score profile (Emma Smith)

Half day Live Webinar (£90) - click for dates and booking

We are running a morning, afternoon and evening half day webinars to cover delegate’s differing availabilities. All half day webinars will be 3.5 hours long with an (optional) extra 30 minutes at the end for networking with colleagues according to roles and interests. NB. The Half day webinar on Thursday 17th September will have a particular focus on Further Education (F.E.), as we appreciate that our colleagues working in F.E. often face very different challenges to those working in secondary education.

The main session covers:

  • Applying for AAs online
  • AA for candidates with Learning Difficulties/EHCP/Disabilities
  • Recommendations for new and established tests
  • Assessing while social distancing
  • Completion of form 8
  • Case studies/discussion
  • Short Q&A

We will be facilitating breakout rooms according to roles and interests for anyone who would like to chat with colleagues after the training.

Pre-recorded Online Course (£85) - click for booking

NB. The course covering 2020/21 regulations will be available from 31st August 2020, please select a start date after this date if you want the course covering the next academic year

The Pre-recorded Online option will contain all of the content used for the full day morning session. i.e.

  • Applying for AAs online
  • AA for candidates with Learning Difficulties/EHCP/Disabilities
  • Recommendations for new and established tests
  • Assessing while social distancing
  • Completion of form 8
  • Case studies

It is ideal for those who wish to engage in the training at a date and time of their own choosing. It also offers the opportunity to watch the training video more than once to reinforce learning. This autumn, recognising the extraordinary circumstances in which colleagues find themselves, we will be offering a choice of two FREE Question and Answer webinars, on Wednesday September 30th (7pm) & Thursday October 8th (10am), for those registering for and watching the course before these dates.

Special Offer for Update/Refresher course delegates

We appreciate that with all the extra pressure on school and teacher resources this year, anything we can do to give even greater value will be appreciated. So this year, anyone who books into one of our ‘Update/Refresher for Access Arrangements’ courses during September can choose 7 days free access (for themselves or colleagues) to one of the online courses listed below.

Registration for this free additional online course will be available from week beginning 28th September 2020, we will email you a link during that week.

Choice of:

  • Assessing Students with EAL for Access Arrangements (value £30)
  • The Administration and Interpretation of the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test IIIukT (value £30)
  • An Overview of Access Arrangements for Centre Staff (value £55)
  • Supporting Students with a Visual Impairment (value £110)

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