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Training for Readers, Scribes, Invigilators and Other Adult Helpers in Exams (TRS)

75 minutes (online) - £80 for an unlimited number of staff

The JCQ regulations state: ‘The head of centre must ensure that readers, scribes etc. (and invigilators) are appropriately trained and understand the rules of the access arrangement as detailed in these regulations.’ This training course is for Teaching Assistants and other adults supporting candidates as e.g. readers/scribes, in examinations for General Qualifications (GCSE, GCE, FS etc.). We recommend that all invigilators who will be supervising candidates who qualify for access arrangements take part in this training, alongside those who will be acting as readers, scribes etc. The course is ideal for training new staff and bringing existing staff up to date, as Caroline highlights the changes for this year. We also have a short course just covering the changes for the current year, with an online assessment to confirm current knowledge of the regulations. Please email online at communicate-ed dot org dot uk for more information.

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’.

  • 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

Please note that this course does not cover in detail the requirements for invigilating examinations. Please click here for information about our ‘Training for Invigilators’ online course.

The course tutor is Caroline Read.

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.

This online course is 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 the course – you can run the course as many times as you want within this 10 day period, and there is not a maximum number of delegates for the total course fee of £80. All delegates must all 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 this course, but on request we can provide a certificate 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 this certificate 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 course includes 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).


  • fee £80.00
  • With Training for Invigilators in Exams for General Qualifications (TIE) course - Standard £110.00

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