These courses are designed for anyone involved in the access arrangements process in their centre, and for Access Arrangements Assessors carrying out assessments for access arrangements or the disabled student’s allowance. Communicate-ed is an Authorised Assessment CPD provider for the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC). Most of our SBCPD courses are SASC approved core hours for renewal of SpLD Assessment Practising Certificates. Please see the ‘What does the course cover’ tab for more information.
†If you have access to a copy of the test(s) you have chosen you will find it helpful to have the manual to refer to during the presentation. However, this is not essential as the presenter will show the appropriate pages on the screen. Most of the tests have record/examiner forms produced by the publishers; you will need an original copy of the appropriate form(s) for each test you have chosen. We can supply you with a form for a small fee, please click here for an order form (27 KB docx).
The course tutors include Caroline Read, Sarah Beard and Abi James.
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 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.’
Abi is an assistive technology consultant and researcher, specialising in how technology can assist learners with dyslexia and other disabilities. Over the past decade she has led projects to develop, deploy and evaluate how both mainstream and assistive technology removes barriers to learning. Abi also works as a Research Fellow with the ECS Accessibility Team at the University of Southampton and chairs the British Dyslexia Association New Technologies Committee where she advises on the accessibility issues within exams.
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.
These courses are available online for you to access at a time and place of your choice. Delegates will have 10 days to login and watch all of the courses they book.
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:
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.
Early Bird rate applies to bookings received up to
You can book online using the form below. Courses costing £40 or less must be paid for online with a debit or credit card.