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JCQ Examination Access Arrangements Training (Update/Refresher) - On-Demand Video Course (EAA2)

3.5 hours (SASC-approved for 3 core hours) - £85

Our update/refresher course in JCQ Examination Access Arrangements is for delegates who already have a working knowledge of the JCQ regulations. This course is approved by the SpLD Assessments Standards Committee (SASC) for 3 Core CPD hours. Because it is an update course, it assumes a level of knowledge and experience. Delegates will be required to confirm that they have a good knowledge of the current JCQ regulations. For details of our introductory course, please click here.

This pre-recorded update course relates to the current JCQ Regulations for Access Arrangements.

This course relates to the 2023/24 regulations. If you would like to book in advance for the course on 2024/25 regulations, please select a start date of 29th August or later.

With reference to the updates to the JCQ regulations for the year, set in the context of the changes over the last few years, the course covers:

  • AAs for candidates with Learning Difficulties/EHCP/Disabilities
  • Applying for AAs online
  • A brief overview of the JCQ AA evidence forms
  • Suggestions for new and established tests

The course tutors are Caroline Read, Lia Castiglione and Nick Lait.

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.

Lia Castiglione

Lia Castiglione

Lia has been teaching and supporting learners of all ages for over 30 years and in varying educational settings. She is a specialist teacher assessor who is highly experienced in all aspects of access arrangements, has held a current Assessment Practising Certificate since 2008 and regularly assesses in schools and colleges. An accomplished educational trainer, Lia is the co-creator of a postgraduate access arrangements assessor course and is the author of the Patoss/JCQ book, ‘Assessing the Need for Access Arrangements’. She works as an independent educational consultant through her company ‘Castiglione Consulting Ltd’.

Nick Lait

Nick Lait

Nick Lait is Chair of the JCQ Special Requirements Committee. His responsibilities include the production of JCQ documents relating to examination administration, such as the JCQ publication Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments and Instructions for Conducting Examinations. Nick provides advice and guidance to schools and colleges, predominately on access arrangements. He has a thorough knowledge of the examination administration system having previously worked with Edexcel for 11 years, in both UK and International exam operations, taking a lead role in the development of Access Arrangements Online.

This page is for booking our On-Demand Video course. You will have access to this pre-recorded course for 10 days from your selected start date. You can watch the course as many times as you wish during that period.

This course relates to the 2023/24 regulations. If you would like to book in advance for the course on 2024/25 regulations, please select a start date of 29th August or later.

We hold face to face and live, virtual update training via our Communicate-ed Venue and Virtual Conferences each September. Booking for these will be open in a few weeks.

  • Venues 2024 (Manchester 16th September, Birmingham 17th September, London 18th September 2024)
  • Virtual 2024 (20th September 2024)

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.

This course is not assessed. However, for an extra £10 you can take an online multiple choice assessment that proves your knowledge of the JCQ regulations and procedures. If you pass, you can print out a certificate confirming your knowledge of the regulations to put in your CPD folder. To add this to your booking, please select it below when it asks if you want to ‘add assessment’.


  • Basic course fee £85.00

If you complete this course, you will receive a certificate for 3 hours of SASC-approved core CPD.

If you choose a start date between now and 28/08/24, you will receive the course on the current 2023/24 JCQ regulations.

To book in advance for the course on the 2024/25 JCQ regulations, please select a start date of 29th August 2024 or later.

If you book for 29th August, and the course on the 2024/25 regulations is ready sooner (sometimes a week or two before), we will email you to with the option of moving your start date earlier.

How do I book?

You can book online using the form below. You can Pay online, or we can supply you with an invoice.

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Do you want to add assessment?

Demonstrate your knowledge of the principles learned during the course with a validated multiple choice question assessment with a printable certificate.

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If selected, these materials will be posted to the mailing address specified at the checkout. NB. PDF Course materials are included in the course price, this option is only if you wish to order printed materials in addition to these.

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