Candy Clarkson MA.Ed

SpLD Specialist Assessor

Costings for Schools and Efficiency Record

Access Arrangements for the Academic Year 2021 - 2022

Autumn Term Week 11

Week beginning 22nd November, 2021
Return visit to a North West London academy to see 48 prescreened, Year 11 students.  Group then individually tested students, taking some time out to allow for their Year 11 mocks.  Completed and returned Form 8s and spreadsheet detailing Form 8 and SENCO File Note requirements, along with JCQ and centre granted arrangements discussed with the SENCO.


Cost to the school for individual assessment:

For 48 students: 2 days of individual assessment and clerical work @ £300 per day = £600 (£12.50 per student).

Plus travel or overnight accommodation (capped at £50 per day) x 2 days.

Autumn Term Week 10

Week beginning 15th November, 2021
Return visit to a South Oxfordshire school to 'mop up' 10 pre-screened Year 10 students who had missed last week's individual assessments. 


Then a return visit to an East Berkshire school to 'mop up' new entrants to Years 10, 11 and 13, who had been granted access arrangements in a previous school, but for whom the evidence from previous schools was either too incomplete or too insubstantial to qualify for 'roll forward' applications.


Cost to the school for individual assessment:

For 15 students: 1 day of individual assessment and clerical work @ £300 per day = £300 (£20.00 per student).

Plus travel or overnight accommodation (capped at £50 per day) x 1 day.

Autumn Term Week 9

Week beginning 8th November, 2021
Return visit to a South Oxfordshire school to screen 17 Year 10 students, who missed my end of Year 9 summer screening, either due to absence or being new entrants to the school.  Then individually assessed 83 students, identified by my screening and agreed with the SENCO as needing further assessment for access arrangements.  One further day, to complete Form 8s and spreadsheet of JCQ and centre granted arrangements, as discussed with the TA deputising for the SENCO.


Cost to the school for screening and individual assessment:

For 82 students: 3 days of screening and/or individual assessment and 1 day of clerical work @ £300 per day = £1,200.00 (£14.63 per student).

Plus travel or overnight accommodation (capped at £50 per day) x 3 days.

Autumn Term Week 8

Week beginning 1st November, 2021
Return visit to a Yorkshire grammar school, to assess 44, prescreened, Year 11 students.  Group then individually saw all students.  Completed Form 8s and spreadsheet of JCQ and centre granted arrangements discussed with the SENCO by the end of the second day, all in good time for their Year 11 mocks.  Looking forward to coming back in March 2022, to assess their Year 10s.


Cost to the school for individual assessment:

For 44 students: 2 days of individual assessment and clerical work @ £300 per day = £600.00 (£13.64 per student).

Plus travel or overnight accommodation (capped at £50 per day) x 2 days.

Autumn Term Week 7

Week beginning 18th October, 2021
Visit to a West London Academy to see 12 prescreened Year 11 students.  Group then individually assessed students, completed Form 8s and spreadsheet of JCQ and centre granted arrangements discussed with the Assistant SENCO, all on the same day. 


Cost to the school for individual assessment:

For 12 students: 1 day of individual assessment and clerical work @ £300 per day = £300.00 (£25.00 per student).

Plus travel or overnight accommodation (capped at £50 per day) x 1 day.


'Thank you so much Candy! It was a pleasure working with you! I really appreciate your efforts and efficiency.'

Assistant SENCO.

Autumn Term Week 6

Week beginning 11th October, 2021
Visit to a Kent grammar school to see 24 prescreened students selected from Years 10,11 and 12.  Group then individually assessed students, completed Form 8s and spreadsheet of JCQ and centre granted arrangements discussed with the SENCO.  Then went to see The Boomtown Rats at the London Palladium.  All in a day's work!


Cost to the school for individual assessment:

For 24 students: 1 day of individual assessment and clerical work @ £300 per day = £300.00 (£12.50 per student).

Plus travel or overnight accommodation (capped at £50 per day) x 1 day.

Autumn Term Week 5

Week beginning 4th October, 2021
Return visit to a South West London academy to screen 127 students selected from Years 10, 11, 12 and 13. 


Cost to the school for screening:

For 127 students: One day of screening and one additional day for clerical work @ £300 per day = £600 (£4.72 per student).

Plus travel or overnight accommodation (capped at £50 per day) x 1 day.


Enquiry from an independent college wanting me to 'remotely' sign off their GL Exact results as evidence for Form 8 Part 2.  Politely declined. 

Autumn Term Week 4

Week beginning 27th September, 2021
Return visit to a North West London academy to see 50 prescreened students selected from Years 11 and 12.  Group and then individually assessed all students.  Returned completed Data Protection Notices and student scripts of free writing to the SENCO.  Then electronically completed and returned Form 8s and spreadsheet of JCQ and centre granted arrangements discussed and agreed with the SENCO.


Cost to the school for individual assessment:

For 50 students: 2 days of assessment for Access Arrangements @ £300 per day = £600.00 (£12.00 per student).

Plus travel or overnight accommodation (capped at £50 per day).


At the request of the SENCO, telephone and email correspondence with two parents of students from Week 1, who were understandably disappointed that their children no longer qualified for access arrangements.  Kindly explained and resolved matters to everyone's satisfaction.


More enquiries from schools and colleges wanting to 'establish a relationship', simply to satisfy JCQ criteria to continue to act as an examination centre and not because they had any intention of using my services.  All politely declined.

Autumn Term Week 3

Week beginning 20th September, 2021
Return visit to a Berkshire independent, to conduct a post-16, full diagnostic assessment for a Year 13 student and complete a Form 8.  Then assessed a further Year 10 student for access arrangements only and completed a further Form 8.


Enquiry from a small, independent, faith school in the West Midlands.  JCQ have given them a deadline, by which time they had to have registered a qualified assessor, in order to continue to act as an exam centre.  Further questioning revealed that although they had been established for 23 years, not one application for access arrangements had ever been made, the reason being, 'Our students are too intelligent to need them.'  I tried hard to explain the nature and purpose of the regulations but they simply weren't interested.  Finally, they offered me a considerable sum of money just to use my name.  I declined, explaining as politely as I could, that I have no interest in supporting a school determined to evade their responsibilties to their students under current disability legislation.  I do get lots of this type of enquiry and I'm afraid that my response will be always the same.  So please, please, please, don't ask.


Two more full diagnostic assessments to complete.  Busy week!

Autumn Term Week 2

Week beginning 13th September, 2021
Return visit to a South East London College to mop up all new entrants to KS4 and KS5.  Group screened all 78 students in the sports hall and calculated, scored, recorded and emailed the results to the SENDCO by close of play the same day.  The following day, as directed by the SENDCO, we completed 34 individual assessments, of which only 13 students required Part 2 of their Form 8 to be completed and/or SENCO File note.  These were done along with the spreadsheet updated to include all JCQ and Centre Granted Arrangements discussed with the SENDCO.


Cost to the college for screening:

For 78 students: 1 day of screening and clerical work @ £300 per day = £300.00 (£3.85 per student).

Cost to the college for individual assessment:

For 34 students: 1 day of individual assessment and clerical work @ £300 per day = £300.00 (£8.82 per student).


Plus travel or overnight accommodation (capped at £50 per day).


'Thank you so much. It's always a pleasure working with you.' SENDCO.

Autumn Term Week 1

Week beginning 6th September, 2021
Return visit to a Berkshire FE College to see the new intake of Year 10s and mop up recent entrants to Years 11,12 and 13.  On entry, this cohort had been screened using GL EXACT, which suggested that 81% of students might qualify for Access Arrangements.  The college used this information to complete Part 1 of Form 8s, as getting the information forwarded from previous schools, as now required by the regs is, '...still like pulling hen's teeth, as everyone is so busy'.


We re-screened the cohort to find that 63% of students might qualify for Access Arrangements.  The results were marked, scored and recorded on the spreadsheet and emailed to the SENCO by close of play the following day.  As directed by the SENCO, we then individually assessed 91 students in 2 days, to find that only 42% of the whole cohort required a Form 8 Part 2 and/or a SENCO File note, which along with the updated spreadsheet, were completed the following day.  I felt extremely sorry for the SENCO, who on the basis of screening with EXACT and in preparation for my visit, had wasted so much of her precious time onerously completing Part 1 of Form 8s, that then proved not to be needed.


Cost to the college for screening:

For 161 students: 1 day of screening + 1 day of clerical work @ £300 per day = £600.00 (£3.73 per student).

Cost to the college for individual assessment:

For 91 students: 2 days of individual assessment + 1 day of clerical work @ £300 per day = £900.00 (£9.89 per student).


Plus travel or overnight accommodation (capped at £50 per day).


'Thank you for working so tirelessly to get through all the students.  Much appreciated.' SEND Administrator.