SENCo Statement September 2020 – August 2021

  • Access Arrangements are pre-examination adjustments for candidates based on evidence of need and normal way of working. Access Arrangements fall into two distinct categories: some arrangements are delegated to centres, others require prior JCQ awarding body approval.
  • The SENCo currently possesses the required qualification and level of competence as required by JCQ regulations September 2020 to August 2021 and can carry out the required assessments.
  • The school will also work in conjunction with external assessors who have an established relationship with the Centre and have an up to date understanding and knowledge of the JCQ regulations pertaining to exam access arrangements.

Who can carry out assessments:

  • Assessments for a scribe, oral language modifier and extra time must be carried out by an appropriately qualified assessor.
  • The Head of Centre is responsible for appointing a specialist assessor who is qualified and has the required level of competence as specified by the JCQ.
  • The assessor can be a Health and Care Professions Council Registered Psychologist or Specialist Teacher with the current SPLD Assessment Practicing Certificate.
  • The Head should check the assessor’s qualifications and store the relevant documentation for inspection purposes.

Where an external assessor has been sought the school ensures the following:

  • A relationship with the SENCo has been established prior to any assessment.
  • The external assessor works with the SENCo to ensure a joined-up approach.
  • The SENCo provides background information, assessment and/or screening results including the normal way of working and school-based evidence of need.
  • The assessor discusses the arrangements with the SENCo.
  • The responsibility to decide upon and request arrangements lies with the SENCo and not the assessor.
  • The Centre holds evidence of the assessor’s certificate and evidence that he/she meets the criteria and that this is available for inspection.

Where privately commissioned or external reports are accepted:

  • The School (who under JCQ guidelines, is the sole referrer for Access Arrangements) has to have full confidence in the testing that has been undertaken and ensure that testing has been robust and valid.
  • An application requesting access arrangements will only be made with a clear school-based evidence of need recorded in Part 1 of Form 8.
  • The SENCo or Senior Leader provides a detailed statement explaining why the report has been accepted.
  • The candidate’s history of need and provision is attached to the report.

Centre regulations for assessment, report writing and applications

  • Teaching staff required to discuss access arrangements with the SENCo.
  • SENCo to recommend appropriate access arrangements (Part 2 of Form 8).
  • SENCo to make applications through Access Arrangements Online.
  • The decision to approve or not is instantaneous and the SENCo may refer to the awarding body if not approved.
  • Candidate evidence of need and normal way of working is kept on file ready for inspection.
  • Candidate and parents are informed of the decision to award access arrangements.
  • Arrangements are made for candidates to have practice of the access arrangement(s) in class tests, mock exams and assessments where applicable.
  • Arrangements are made for appropriate resources/personnel/accommodation for each examination.
  • Records of access arrangements used are maintained by the use of access arrangement log sheet maintained by the access arrangements facilitator.
  • Examination papers with cover sheets as required (scribe, practical assistant, OLM, word processor) are submitted.
  • Evidence of the qualifications of all specialist assessors are held on file for inspection purposes.