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Selecting, Using and Interpreting Standardised Tests - SASC Approved Course (STPET)

  • Monday 6th April 2020 - Central London
  • Tuesday 12th May 2020 - Assembly Rooms, Newcastle

…or anytime online

10 hours (online) or Blended Learning (one day face to face + 5 hours online) - £230 Online, £250 Blended Learning

This course is for anyone who is interested in the selection, use and interpretation of standardised tests, and the principles of educational testing, from those who are new to the subject through to those who hold a qualification in assessment. Communicate-ed is an Authorised Assessment CPD provider for the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC). This is a SASC approved course giving 10 core hours for renewal of SpLD Assessment Practising Certificates.

The course covers key aspects for consideration when choosing standardised tests and the correct administration and interpretation of these tests, including:

  • Reliability and validity
  • Currency
  • Age appropriate testing
  • Interpretation of statistical data
  • Standardisation
  • Using Standardised Tests for Access Arrangements

During the 10 hour course there is the opportunity to consider in depth the following tests: WRIT, WRAT 5, GORT 5, DASH, CToPP 2, DRA 3 and Access Reading Test 3.

Sessions covering the following tests are also available online: WIAT 2TUK, Working Memory (TOMAL 2 & WRAML 2), TOWRE, SDMT, BPVS, Dyslexia Portfolio, York Assessment of Reading Comprehension, Academic Achievement Battery, WRAT 5, Adult Reading Test. A 5 hour course is also available online for £130. Please contact us (online at communicate-ed dot org dot uk) for information about how to access these sessions.

The course tutors are Sarah Beard and Caroline Read (online).

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.

Sarah Beard

Sarah Beard

Sarah is a Specialist Teacher who runs a number of accredited dyslexia courses through her company dittas Ltd (http://www.dyslexiatraining.net) She also offers teaching and assessment of dyslexic learners of all ages, through dyslexia services (http://www.dyslexiaservices.net) and works closely with local schools. Sarah has extensive experience of teaching and assessing learners of all ages, having worked for over twenty years supporting dyslexic learners, including ten years in a College of Further and Adult Education. Sarah also lectures locally and nationally on the subject of dyslexia and SpLD and was joint founder of the PAPAA course. She holds APC and AMBDA status.

Ally Howes

Ally Howes

Ally is a Specialist Teacher who has assessed pupils across various age ranges and settings, as well as working as a SENCo in a large mixed comprehensive school. Ally has led on both literacy and numeracy interventions working with pupils with a range of special educational needs. She has been part of a team of experts working with NFER to develop the National Reference Tests.

This course is available online. Click ‘Book Online Course’ below for this option.

​Our next Blended Learning option (one day face to face and 5 hours online) are as follows: Click ‘Book Blended Learning Course’ below to book this option.

  • Central London: Monday 6th April 2020
  • Newcastle: Tuesday 12th May 2020

You can download a flyer about these courses here (332 KB pdf).

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 over a decade 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
  • We can offer significant discounts for colleagues accessing the same course

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

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.

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

​This course is not assessed. You can opt to do a multiple choice assessment to assess your knowledge after the course for an additional £10.


  • fee £230.00

Blended Learning

  • Face to Face Early Bird £250.00
  • Face to Face Standard £260.00

Course dates

  • Central London - Monday 6th April 2020
  • Assembly Rooms, Newcastle - Tuesday 12th May 2020


The following discounts are available for multiple delegates booked on the same course at the same time and will automatically be applied at checkout.

2nd delegate: £10
3rd and subsequent delegates: £20

Early Bird rate applies to bookings received up to

  • 14 days before your chosen course date (online courses)
  • 21 days before your chosen course date (Face to Face courses)

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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You will have 20 days from this date to access the course content. Please allow at least 2 working days for us to process your booking for an online course and send you the login details.


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The following discounts are available for multiple delegates, and will automatically be applied at checkout

2nd delegate: £10
3rd and subsequent delegates: £20

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