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The Communicate-ed Conference 2022 - Live Virtual Conference (including EAA Update/Refresher Training) (CONF22)

  • 23/9/2022 9:30 AM - Live Virtual Conference 22

£99 morning only // £135 full conference and seminars - 10% discount for second and subsequent delegates

This virtual conference is for anyone involved in the access arrangements process who wants to update their knowledge for the 2022/23 academic year. It assumes a working knowledge of the JCQ regulations (for our introductory course, please click here).

For those who would prefer face to face update training, we are running courses in Manchester and London, please click here for details.

For those who would prefer to access our pre-recorded video course at a date of their choosing, please click here.

For those who select the Morning Only option, Caroline Read and Lia Castiglione will present a live Update/Refresher for the JCQ regulations 2022/23, set in the context of the changes over the last few years and the regulations as a whole. There will also be the opportunity to take part in a live Q&A.

For those who select the Full Day, in addition to the Update/Refresher for Access Arrangements outlined above, there will be a wide range of seminars focussed on different aspects of the access arrangements process. These seminars (click the ‘What seminars will there be?’ tab below for more detail) will be available to delegates for 2 weeks before, and 2 weeks after the conference date. There will be live Q&A sessions on the conference day with the seminar speakers, and handouts available to download.

There will also be opportunities to network online with those in similar roles or settings, 1:1 appointments with our experts, and colleagues from awarding bodies and the JCQ as well as time to ask questions of publishers, suppliers and software developers.

Caroline Read is Founder & Senior Course Tutor at Communicate-ed. She is a Specialist Teacher with practical experience in all areas of the Access Arrangements process and trains for LAs, Universities and SEN Services. Her book ‘Assessment Guidance for Access Arrangements’ was published by GL Assessment. She 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 contributed to other DfE and Ofqual training/policy projects.
Lia Castiglione is Head of Training at Communicate-ed. She 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.’ Lia serves on the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC) Board of Directors.
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.
Sue Barnbrook is Special Requirements & Centre Approval Manager at AQA. She has been involved in the provision of Access Arrangements, Modified Question Papers and Special Consideration at AQA for twenty years. Her current role enables her to explore and action improvements to the exam experience for students with special educational needs and the teachers who support them. Sue is also a member of the JCQ Special Requirements Committee which enables her to work with other awarding body colleagues to ensure a unified approach for all students, wherever possible.
Lorraine Lee runs her own training company (lorrainelee.org) offering dynamic and inspirational training for parents, teachers, pupils and early years practitioners. This training is delivered through a range of services: Parent workshops, One to one sessions, Teacher training, INSET day training, PSHE lessons, Year group assemblies, Small pupil groups. Lorraine has 3 children and a background in Child Psychology, Positive Parenting Training and Child Development. She is incredibly passionate about giving children and young people the best chances possible.
Tory Barrow is a qualified therapist who mainly works with adopted and fostered young people and their carers. She holds a MSc in Attachment Studies, postgraduate training in Play Therapy, Therapeutic Life Story work and is currently doing a PhD in Psychology. Before training to be a therapist Tory and her husband brought up a large family of birth, adopted and fostered children.
Malcolm Litten is a Consultant in dyslexia and assistive technology. He worked for more than 40 years as an English teacher, the majority in a specialist secondary school for children severely affected by dyslexia. He developed uses for text-to-speech software in the development of reading and writing skills and was an early user of speech recognition software with students. Malcom currently undertakes research into the use of assistive technology in schools, trains teachers and individuals in its use and campaigns for its wider adoption. He is a member of the British Dyslexia Association’s New Technologies Committee.
Helen Unwin has a teaching background which includes extensive experience of the FE sector. She worked for many years supporting students to explore their unique skills and abilities in order to achieve their potential. She has led literacy interventions, championed the use of assistive technology and raised awareness of accessibility issues in exams. She continues to carrying out diagnostic assessments alongside her tutoring work and enjoys the process of enabling students to understand their own learning styles. She is a proud mum to an autistic and dyslexic son and says that he has been her greatest teacher.
Emma Smith is in charge of Quality Assurance at Include-ed Ltd, Communicate-ed’s sister company. She holds a BA in Business Administration, is a qualified teacher, PAPAA graduate and supports students as an Assessor. Emma also trains on Include-ed’s PAPAA course, giving guidance as to how to approach the various assignments. She regularly carries out assessments in schools and colleges.

Below is the outline of seminars planned for the Virtual Conference (Seminars with * are SASC-approved):

1. Dealing with Conflict (including communication with parents) – Lorraine Lee

The roles many professionals have in schools and colleges, often involve a level of conflict with others, which can be very draining for an already busy professional. In this session Lorraine will be examining strategies to navigate areas of conflict including communicating with difficult people or having difficult conversations with lovely people more successfully, particularly in the area of dealing with parents in relation to discussions about access arrangements.

2. Supporting Students who have experienced Trauma – Tory Barrow

Some students have experienced trauma in early life, and it can be challenging to know how to meet their needs. The influx of refugees from Afghanistan, Sudan and more recently Ukraine has increased the numbers of these students that we are seeking to support. In this seminar Tory will cover:

  • Some of the causes of Developmental Trauma
  • Behaviours and symptoms seen within school
  • The implications for young people who have experienced Attachment Difficulties or Developmental Trauma
  • Ways of working to support these young people

3. Further Education - access arrangements for awarding bodies other than the JCQ – Helen Unwin

Helen will examine the requirements of a range of awarding bodies and qualifications commonly used by Further Education Colleges and discusses some of the typical challenges faced by professionals working in the area of exam access arrangements in the FE setting.

4. Using Technology to Support Learners in Exams – Malcolm Litten

Malcolm will present the types of technology that a candidate can use in exams, when it can be used, with suggestions for specific software.

5. *Remote Assessment – Caroline Read and Lia Castiglione

This seminar will provide guidance for carrying out assessments for access arrangements over a live video call. This includes:

  • tips on how to carry out remote assessment
  • how to set up technology for yourself and your learner
  • information about which tests are available digitally and how to use them
  • practical checklists to make sure you have thought of everything
  • links to further reading and research

6. *Extra Time Evidence Requirements – Caroline Read and Lia Castiglione

This session will present the JCQ requirements for candidates with learning difficulties to gain extra time, (including when a reading or writing speed score can be used) and will cover information about 172 assessment measures that can be used to assess for extra time in exams.

7. Conducting a review of a centre’s access arrangements processes and polices – Lia Castiglione

Lia has supported schools and colleges by conducting in depth reviews of policies and procedures, identifying areas of strength, and those that need improvement. In this session she will explain the process she uses, including consideration of:

  • Access arrangements policy and word processor policy – content, audience, review process
  • Evidence gathering for pupils requiring access arrangements
  • Record keeping for inspection and internal purposes
  • Communications with teaching staff, pupils and parents
  • Resources, including assessment tools
  • Referrals to external agencies

8. *TOMAL 2 – Lia Castiglione

This session will focus on how TOMAL2 can be used to gain assessment evidence for extra time. Lia will discuss the administration and scoring of a range of subtests and composites, and shows how the results are recorded on Form 8. The session will include video examples of subtest administration.

9. *Form 8 - a step by step guide to completing the Form 8 2022/23 – Lia Castiglione

Lia will take us step by step through the correct completion of all 3 parts of Form 8 and point out common mistakes.

10. Case Studies – Emma Smith

This live, interactive session is not pre-recorded and will have 15 places available, bookable in advance. It will review a number of cases studies based on candidates who need access arrangements.

The morning conference session is SASC approved for 3 hours core CPD. Delegates who attend this full session will be emailed a certificate a few days after the conference.

Four of the pre-recorded seminars are SASC-approved. If full day delegates access the SASC-approved seminars, certificates for these will be emailed for these as well, adding another 2 hours core SASC-approved CPD.


  • Conference - Morning Only (no seminar access) £99.00
  • Conference - Full Day plus 4 weeks of seminar access £135.00

Course dates

  • Live Virtual Conference 22 - 23/9/2022 9:30 AM

All delegates will receive:

Live online keynote training session by Caroline Read and Lia Castiglione, with pre-recorded input from Nick Lait, JCQ.

Comprehensive Update/Refresher Training on the 2022/2023 JCQ regulations and procedures, SASC-approved for 3 hours core CPD and including live Q & A

Networking opportunities - Connect with colleagues in similar roles

Full Day delegates will also receive:

Four weeks access to nine pre-recorded seminars - A range of seminars on aspects of exam access arrangements (starred sessions SASC-approved*), all of which can be accessed for two weeks before, during the conference, and two weeks after the conference (titles below, for more information please see the seminar box above)

  1. Dealing with Conflict (including communication with parents) – Lorraine Lee
  2. Supporting Students who have experienced Trauma – Tory Barrow
  3. Further Education - access arrangements for awarding bodies other than the JCQ – Helen Unwin
  4. Using Technology to Support Learners in Exams – Malcolm Litten
  5. *Remote Assessment – Caroline Read and Lia Castiglione
  6. *Extra Time Evidence Requirements – Caroline Read and Lia Castiglione
  7. Conducting a review of a centre’s access arrangements processes and polices – Lia Castiglione
  8. *TOMAL 2 – Lia Castiglione
  9. *Form 8 - a step by step guide to completing the Form 8 2022/23 – Lia Castiglione

A tenth session will be available live on the day:

10. Case Studies - A live, interactive session (15 person limit, bookable in advance) – Emma Smith

Live online Q & A sessions with seminar speakers - Opportunities on the conference day to ask any questions arising from seminars

Expo - The facility to view materials from publishers and distributers, with the option to book 1:1 consultations

Individual online appointments with experts - 10-minute slots on the day of the conference, available to book in advance

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