Candy Clarkson MA.Ed

SpLD Specialist Assessor

Assessments for Access Arrangements

in Examinations for UK Schools and Colleges

Do you need a ready, reliable and and robust system of assessment for access arrangements?

Do you wish to substantially economise upon the cost, time, staffing, rooming and resources currently allocated to assessment for access arrangements?

Would you like a bespoke service, sympathetic to your school's specific requirements; and one which properly recognises and meets the assessment needs of each individual student?

See what we offer....

Establishing a Relationship

1. Your SENCO contacts us for an informal, no obligation, discussion about your school's individual requirements and the general profile of the cohort to be assessed.

2. You will receive copies of our assessor's APC (Assessment Practising Certificate), DBS (Update) and passport.

3. Your Exams Officer and SENCO forward to us:

a) A list of the access arrangements reasonably offered by your centre.

b) A copy of your centre policy document on the use of word processors (AA Regs (2021-2022) p.57).

c) An EXCEL spreadsheet of students to be screened and/or assessed, which details your students': 

  • 4-digit candidate number
  • year group
  • last name
  • first name
  • date of birth
  • SEND need type (if applicable). 

This information is stored securely.

Cost to the School: Free of Charge.

Group Screening

Our screening procedure reliably identifies all your students who may need additional support in their exams, by sampling all the component literacy skills and behaviours needed to successfully sit a formal, written examination.

Using a selection of psychometric group tests approriate to the profile of your cohort, screening is carried out by our assessor, taking 20-40 minutes for each group.

Standardised scores are then calculated, recorded and traffic lighted on the spreadsheet, which along with notes and observations, is returned to your SENCO for scrutiny, with the following recommendations:

  • Green: Candidates may not need individual assessment for access arrangements.
  • Amber: Candidates may need individual assessment for access arrangements, at SENCO discretion.
  • Red: Candidates will need individual assessment for access arrangements.

When completing Part 1 of JCQ Form 8s, your SENCO may use our screening results as supplementary evidence.

Benefits compared with other screening systems:

  • No maximum group size;
  • No upper age limit;
  • No expensive software to install, requiring data entry and updates, successive ICT suite bookings, script scrutiny and printing costs;
  • No packs of student response booklets to purchase, administer, mark, score, record and store.

Cost to the School: £300.00 per day + travel or overnight stay - capped at £50.

Annually reviewed on 6th April each year.

Individual Assessment

Individual assessment is a 'standalone' service, tailored to fully complement and articulate with your school's chosen screening procedures. 

This ensures that each student is comprehensively assessed for the complete range of currently available JCQ and Centre Granted Access Arrangements, as reasonably offered by your school, to which they may be entitled. 

Using a blend of first group and then one-to-one testing; and with a TA on hand ready to keep up a steady and continuous throughput of students, we can assess 20 individual students in a standard school day; although we often  considerably exceed this number.

This service includes:

  • Receipt of a 'skeleton' Part 1 of Form 8, addressing the three questions within Part 1.
  • Supply, completion, secure storage and safe disposal of the full range of appropriate examiner record forms.
  • Return of completed Data Protection Notices and student scripts.
  • Electronic return of completed JCQ Form 8s and the spreadsheet updated with the appropriate JCQ and Centre Granted Access Arrangements discussed with your SENCO.  This greatly assists your SENCO and Exams Officer with the online applications and planning for  the rooming, resourcing and staffing of examinations.

All work is carried out in full consultation and in close collaboration with your SENCO and Exams Officer.

Cost to the School: £300.00 per day + travel or overnight stay - capped at £50.

Annually reviewed on 6th April each year.

Clerical Work

For every 100 students screened or individually assessed, the following number of additional days will be needed by your assessor, to complete and return to you all the appropriate paperwork:

Students      Screened      Assessed

1     -  50            0                  0

51   - 100           0                  1

101 - 200           1                  2

201 - 300           2                  3

301 - 400           3                  4

401 - 500           4                  5

501 - 600           5                  6

Cost to the School: £300.00 per day.

Annually reviewed on 6th April each year.

The Established Relationship

We take great pride in providing a continuous service, with an exemplary standard of care, which honours the time, dedication and professionalism of your hard working SENCO.

As moderated by your SENCO, our assessor offers a prompt response to parental queries, up to 14 days after individual assessment.  After 14 days, all information regarding test candidates is either returned to your school to be kept securely, or safely destroyed; unless otherwise directed by your SENCO. 

Thereafter, we offer year round support, with unlimited access to expert advice and all enquiries are very warmly welcomed.

Cost to the School: Free of Charge.

Recommended Reading:

'Assessing the Need for Access Arrangements in Examinations: A Practical Guide - Sixth Edition'

by Lia Castiglione, available from:

Established in 2010

Schools and Colleges that we have been very pleased to assist with

Assessment for Access​ Arrangements in Examinations

This is what our schools are saying...

As a new SENCo I was very worried about organising the Access Arrangements for our current year 11. Candy was so kind and helpful throughout the process, from the initial assessment of our students, to guiding me through the Form 8 and Concise Note process, then suggesting training options for me to get my Level 7.  Thank you so much Candy.

Susan Howson


The Old Priory School, Ramsgate

Candy came to our college and worked with tremendous efficiency. She managed to screen 80 students and do 31 individual assessments within 2 days.  She worked with absolute professionalism and it was clear that she has a very thorough knowledge of the processes.  She had a lovely, kind but firm manner with the students. I would definitely recommend her.

Laura Bellerby

Vice Principal and SENCO

Ealing Independent College

We were very impressed with Candy's efficiency, professionalism and manner when working with our students.  She screened 105 students, from which she selected and individually assessed 28, returning the completed Forms 8s with the appropriate paperwork and advice; all within 3 days.  We look forward to working with Candy in the future.

Katie Bryan

Assistant SENCO

The Hurlingham Academy, London

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Candy Clarkson

MA in Organisation, Planning and Management in Education (Distinction).

PGCE (Secondary). CertEd (FE). NASENCO.

(SpLD) Assessment Practising Certificate.

SpLD Specialist Assessor

OCR Level 7 Certificate in Assessing and Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia). Awarded 18th November 2010.

Call now on: 0118 930 2037 (24hrs) or

Email: [email protected] 

for an informal, no obligation discussion, as to how we can best meet the needs of your school.

Stop Press: Autumn term 2021 is now fully booked. We still have availability in the Spring and Summer terms of 2022.