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JCQ Access Arrangements Training (Update/Refresher) - Pre-recorded Online Course (EAA2)

3.5 hours - £85

Our update/refresher course in JCQ Examination Access Arrangements is for delegates who already have a working knowledge of the JCQ regulations. This course is approved by the SpLD Assessments Standards Committee (SASC) for 3 Core CPD hours. Because it is an update course, it assumes a level of knowledge and experience. Delegates will be required to confirm that they have a good knowledge of the current JCQ regulations. For details of our introductory course, please click here.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, for the remainder of 2020 all our access arrangements training has been moved online. Available from Tuesday 18th August, the pre-recorded video course will cover the same content as the full day morning session/half day webinar.

With reference to the changes for this year, set in the context of the changes over the last few years, the course covers:

  • Applying for AAs online
  • AA for candidates with Learning
  • Difficulties/EHCP/Disabilities
  • Recommendations for new and established tests
  • Assessing while social distancing
  • Completion of form 8
  • Case studies

This autumn, recognising the extraordinary circumstances in which colleagues find themselves, we will be offering a choice of two FREE Question and Answer webinars, on Wednesday September 30th (7pm) & Thursday October 8th (10am), for those registering for and watching the course between 17/8/20 and 8/10/20.

The course tutors are Caroline Read and Lia Castiglione.

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.

Lia Castiglione

Lia Castiglione

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.’

This page is for booking the pre-recorded online course. You will have access to the pre-recorded course for 10 days from your selected start date. You can watch the course as many times during that period.

The course covering the 2020/21 regulations can be accessed from Tuesday 18th August 2020, so please choose a start date on or after this date to access the course for 2020/21.

This autumn, when we would usually be delivering our face to face courses covering the 2020/21 regulations, we have two course delivery options, both online, with different features. For our Live Interactive Webinars, please click here to see the details for our half day and full day live webinars.

This autumn, recognising the extraordinary circumstances in which colleagues find themselves, we will be offering a choice of two FREE Question and Answer webinars, on Wednesday September 30th (7pm) & Thursday October 8th (10am), for those registering for and watching the course before these dates. If you book the course, you will be sent details about these webinars nearer the time.

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.

As standard, 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. We also run special offers which give unlimited access to courses to the end of an academic year.

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

This course is not assessed. However, for an extra £10 you can take an online multiple choice assessment that proves your knowledge of the JCQ regulations and procedures. If you pass, you can print out a certificate confirming your knowledge of the regulations to put in your CPD folder. To add this to your booking, please select it below when it asks if you want to ‘add assessment’.


  • Basic course fee £85.00

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 10 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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Do you want to add assessment?

Test your knowledge of the current JCQ regulations and procedures using our online multiple choice assessment and receive a certificate for your CPD file.

Do you want to add printed course materials?

We will post professionally printed hard copies of the course materials to you for an additional £10 (PDF version of the course materials are free and included with the course price).

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