Candy Clarkson MA(Ed)

SpLD Specialist Assessor

Assessment for Access Arrangements in Examinations

for UK Schools and Colleges

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

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

Would you like a comprehensive and complete service that significantly reduces the burden upon your staffing, rooming and resources and minimizes disruption to the teaching timetable?

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) p51) 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. 

This is stored securely.

Cost to the School: Free of Charge. 


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 each group, 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 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.

These results can be used as part of the evidence to paint the picture of the student’s needs within Part 1 of JCQ Form 8, in addition to pupil tracking data and staff reports of each candidate's ‘normal way of working'.

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


No maximum group size or upper age limit; no expensive software to install and maintain; and no marking, recording and reporting burden placed upon your support staff.


Assessment ensures that each, individual, preselected student, is comprehensively assessed for the full range of currently available JCQ and centre granted 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 the results of any screening tests completed.
  • Receipt of at least a 'skeleton' JCQ Form 8 for each candidate, addressing the three questions within Part 1.
  • Supply, completion and secure storage of the full range of appropriate examiner record forms.
  • Return of completed JCQ Form 8s and Data Protection Notices, signed and completed by the candidates.
  • Return of the spreadsheet, updated and detailed with the JCQ and centre granted access arrangements recommended

and 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 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 within 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 helpful throughout the process, from the initial assessment of our students, to guiding me through the Form 8 and Concise Note process. 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

See our blog and testimonials from schools for the current academic year:


Candy Clarkson

MA Organisation, Planning and Management in Education (Distinction)

PGCE(Secondary) CertEd(FE) NASENCO (SpLD)APC

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 chat as to how we can best help meet the needs of your school.