Candy Clarkson MA(Ed)

SpLD Specialist Assessor

Assessments for Access Arrangements in Examinations

for UK Schools and Colleges

Do you need a fast, efficient and reliable system of assessment for access arrangements?

Do you want to substantially economise on the cost, time, staffing, rooming and resources that you currently allocate to assessment for access arrangements?

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

See how we do it....

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 copy of your centre policy document on the use of word processors (AA Regs (2020-2021) p.51) and a spreadsheet of students to be assessed, which details students': 

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

This is stored securely.

Cost to the School: Free of Charge. 

Group Screening

Screening reliably identifies all your  students who may qualify for access arrangements in examinations.

Using a selection of 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 calculated, recorded and traffic lighted on the spreadsheet, which is then returned to your SENCO, 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 screening results as supplementary evidence, in addition to pupil tracking data and staff reports of each student's ‘Normal Way of  Working'.

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).

Individual Assessment

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

This ensures that each student is comprehensively assessed for the full range of currently available JCQ and Centre Granted Access Arrangements, 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 normally assess 20 individual students in a standard school day – although on occasion, we have considerably exceeded this number.

This service includes:

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

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

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

Independent Schools

We are delighted to work with many independent schools across the UK.

Independent schools for whom parents, guardians or custodians are to be directly invoiced by the assessor for the cost of individual assessment for access arrangements in examinations.

Fee: £50 per pupil all inclusive + travel or overnight stay at cost (split between candidates).

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. 

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.

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.