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JCQ Access Arrangements Update/Refresher 20/21 FULL DAY Live Interactive Webinar (EAA2)

  • Tuesday 29th September 2020, 9.30am - Live Interactive Webinar

6 hours - £115

Our update/refresher course in JCQ Examination Access Arrangements is for delegates who already have a working knowledge of the JCQ regulations. Our full day webinar is approved by the SpLD Assessments Standards Committee (SASC) for 5 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.

This page is for booking our full day, live, interactive webinar with a choice of afternoon sessions. We are also running half day webinars, and a pre-recorded online course.

For details of our introductory course, for those less familiar with the JCQ regulations regarding Access Arrangements, please click here.

NB. For our colleagues working in Further Education (F.E.) we will be running our half day webinar on Thursday 17th September will have a particular focus on F.E. as we appreciate that there are often very different challenges to secondary education.

Join us for an update/refresher course in JCQ Examination Access Arrangements, covering the current regulations with special reference to the changes for the 2020/21 academic year, including updates to the Access Arrangements Online system.

In addition, and with reference to the changes, the course covers:

Morning Session

  • Rationale for Access Arrangements
  • Roles, responsibilities and systems
  • Types of Access Arrangement
  • Completion of form 8
  • Applying for arrangements online
  • Case studies
  • Recommendations (with samples at our face to face courses) for new and established tests

Lunchtime Networking Opportunities

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

  • Extended Q&A session
  • Choice of three seminars, detailed below

1. Providing Evidence of Normal Way of Working (Lia Castiglione)

The JCQ requires centres to provide evidence of the ‘normal way of working’ for candidates needing Access Arrangements. This interactive session will examine the JCQ interpretation of ‘NWoW’ and explore resources used in a variety of centres to provide evidence for differing needs. We will consider systems to implement a whole-centre approach and successfully request information from subject teachers and learning support staff, including use of online information and document-sharing technologies.

2. Assessing for Access Arrangements via an Online Video Link (Caroline Read)

The course provides a protocol for carrying out assessments for access arrangements over a live video call. Practical considerations are considered, pros and cons of this method are explored, links to further advice from publishers and other bodies are provided. Information about which awarding bodies and publishers have approved this process will be available in course handouts.

3. Case Studies (Emma Smith)

This workshop will review a number of case studies based on candidates needing access arrangements. There will be the opportunity to consider profiles provided by delegates.

The course tutors are Caroline Read and Lia Castiglione.

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’s book ‘Assessment Guidance for Access Arrangements’ was published by GL Assessment, and she contributed to the PATOSS/JCQ publication ‘Dyslexia: Assessing the need for Access Arrangements’. Her work has also been published in academic journals, by the TES and the RNIB, and she 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 25 years and in varying educational settings. She is a specialist teacher 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. 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.’

This autumn we have two course delivery options, both online, with different features. The basic course content will be the same for the pre-recorded course and live webinars, but our webinars will provide opportunities for live interaction with both the presenters and colleagues.

​We are choosing to restrict participant numbers in each webinar and throughout the sessions there will opportunities for this to be broken down further into numerous ‘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.

NB. We will not be recording the live webinars due to data protection issues with the interactive element of the course. It will not be possible to view the webinars again after the live presentation.

This page is for booking the full day webinar, the equivalent of attending a full day face to face course, approved for 5 SASC Core CPD hours.

To book our half day webinar, equivalent to a morning-only course, please click here.

We are also offering the course as a pre-recorded video course that can be accessed at a time convenient to you. To book the pre-recorded option, please click here.

If you have a group of collegaues (e.g. an academy chain) who would like to book a webinar exclusively for their group, then we can arrange this for groups larger than 15 people. Please email online at communicate-ed dot org dot uk to discuss this further.

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’.


  • Live Interactive Webinar £115.00

Course dates

  • Live Interactive Webinar - Tuesday 29th September 2020, 9.30am

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