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Train ALL your staff with 3 courses for £120 (TRSITIEEAAO)

'Training for Readers, Scribes and Invigilators', 'Training for Invigilators' and 'An Overview of Access Arrangements' - £120 for an unlimited number of staff over a 10 day period (usually £205 when purchased separately)

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) regulations state: ‘A training session must be held for new invigilators, with an update meeting each year for the existing invigilation team so that they are aware of any changes. Centres should make sure that invigilators know what is expected of them’. We have designed this combined course offer to allow you to have all your centre’s invigilators, and all those involved in Access Arrangements, trained in their examination support roles by an expert, and all for £120!

​Training for Readers, Scribes, Invigilators and other adult helpers in Examinations

A 75 minute training course for Teaching Assistants and other adults who support candidate’s access arrangements as e.g. readers/scribes in examinations for General Qualifications (GCSE, FS, etc.) including invigilators who oversee arrangements. Caroline Read, the course tutor, explains the regulations and staff roles. The course includes a video case study and role play option. The course is ideal for training new staff and bringing existing staff up to date, as Caroline highlights the changes for this year.

Training for Invigilators in Examinations

A 90 minute training course where tutor Brian Rogers introduces the ‘Instructions for Conducting Examinations’ (ICE) booklet and covers issues including the JCQ regulations for invigilation in exams, the role of the invigilator, what to do in difficult situations, written, on-screen & practical exams and passing the JCQ inspection. The course will enable new invigilators to understand their role and, as Brian highlights the changes for the current year, it will bring existing invigilators up to date.

An Overview of Access Arrangements

In this 40 minute course Caroline Read gives a brief overview of Access Arrangements, including outlining the rationale for Access Arrangements for General Qualifications (GCSE, GCE, FS etc), showing the arrangements which are available to students and outlining the responsibility to implement arrangements in lessons. The course is suitable for tutors, subject teachers, managers and support assistants - it is ideal for a staff training day.

Training for Readers, Scribes, Invigilators and other adult helpers in Examinations

This course covers the regulations and procedures for the administration and invigilation of Access Arrangements as outlined in the JCQ booklets: ‘Instructions for Conducting Examinations’ (ICE) and ‘Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments’.

Training for Invigilators in Examinations

  • JCQ Rational for Access Arrangements
  • How the supporting adult’s role in the classroom differs from their role in exams
  • Readers, Scribes, Extra Time, Rest Breaks, use of a Word Processor, Bilingual Dictionary, Prompter, Sign Language Interpreter, Practical Assistant, Oral Language Modifier (further accredited training is required to act as an OLM, please see our OLM training)
  • Video showing a reader/scribe working with a candidate
  • Optional role play activity
  • The changes for the current regulations are highlighted in order to help existing staff to update their knowledge

Based on the JCQ ‘Instructions for Conducting Examinations’ (ICE) booklet the course covers:

  • JCQ regulations for invigilation in exams
  • The role of the lead invigilator
  • The role of the invigilator
  • What to do in difficult situations
  • Supervising written, on-screen and practical exams
  • Passing the JCQ inspection
  • Changes to the current regulations are highlighted

An Overview of Access Arrangements

This course offers an overview of:

  • The rationale for Access Arrangements for General Qualifications (GCSE, GCE, FS etc.)
  • The arrangements that are available
  • The evidence required to before an arrangement can be granted
  • How subject teachers and support staff can work with the SENCo/Head of Learning Support to implement arrangements

The course tutors are Caroline Read and Brian Rogers.

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.

Brian Rogers

Brian Rogers

Brian has extensive experience in the inspection and quality assurance of examination centres. He was formerly an Assistant Director (Communication) at the Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC) and a JCQ Centre Inspector as well as an adviser and presenter for the Regional Training Agency (RTA) and various Government bodies. He continues his role as a consultant in examination management, invigilation, centre inspections and malpractice procedures. In his various roles, it has afforded him extensive experience in a range of training for new and experienced exams officers and invigilators. He has also produced a range of training materials for both invigilators and exams officers.

These online courses are designed to be administered in one of two ways.

  1. Ideally a group of adults who will be acting as invigilators will be able to access 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.
  2. If one or two staff members are unable to make the group session, the centre administrator (i.e. the person who was sent the login details, password etc.) can arrange for individual staff members to access the course on a PC with headphones. Please note that due to the login requirements it is only possible for one person to be accessing the course at one time using this method.

You will have 10 days from the start date you choose to login and view both coursesthe combined course offer price requires that both courses have the same 10 day login period.

You can run the courses as many times as you want within this 10 day period, and there is no maximum number of delegates for the total course fee of £120. All delegates must be from your school or college, you can’t use the course to train staff from other centres. We do not provide individual certificates for delegates attending these courses, but on request we can provide a certificate for each course confirming that the centre accessed the training (for JCQ inspection purposes). You may wish to add the name of each delegate who attended the course to these certificates so that they have a personalised copy for their CPD file.

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.

The Overview of Access Arrangements course is not assessed. The other two courses include the option to complete an online multiple choice assessment once as a group, at the end of the course. The assessment covers the content of the course and is a good way to confirm that delegates have understood and remembered what they have learned. We can arrange an individual assessment, with a certificate for each member of staff who passes, for an additional fee: please email for more information (online at communicate-ed dot org dot uk).

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