Cookies on Helen Arkell

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Helen Arkell website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time.

Access Arrangements for Exams Assessment

An Access Arrangements Assessment is appropriate when specific assessment is required to determine access arrangements for exams. This assessment is tailored to the particular access arrangement(s) being sought by the school and the child’s general ability is not usually assessed. No formal diagnosis of SpLD can be given, as full diagnostic testing will not have been carried out. The session will last approximately
1½ - 2 hours.

It is vital that the school is involved in this process, as per the current legislation and requirements from the Joint Council of Qualifications (JCQ). The JCQ require that the process of determining access arrangements is carried out in a collaborative manner between the school and specialist assessor. Any access arrangements should reflect your child’s history of need (as documented by the school) and normal way of working in school. In view of this, it is essential that as well as your completed Family Questionnaire, we recieve a completed School Questionnaire and a JCQ Form 8 Part 1 from the school prior to the assessment, in order for the assessor to have a full picture of your child.

The specialist assessor may highlight and advise upon any relevant and appropriate access arrangements, however, it is the school’s sole responsibility to decide what access arrangements to apply for and to make the application to the awarding body, if required.

Each assessment report will include:

  • A summary of the learner’s background information, including history of need and support at school
  • A summary of current reading, writing and spelling attainments, as appropriate
  • A summary of cognitive strengths and weaknesses
  • A table of formal test results
  • Recommendations for possible access arrangements in exams and completion of JCQ Form 8 if needed

Please note that criteria for access arrangements in exams is evidence-based and must meet the JCQ criteria; having an assessment is no guarantee that evidence for access arrangements will be found. 

“I just thought I would email and let you know that the school, after reading your report, have now been in contact with the boards and S has had the extra time agreed…..S is also a lot more relaxed and confident going forward to the 6th form, because he said to me a known problem is much easier to deal with.” MP

Assessment fee: £330

To Book an Access Arrangements Assessment

Contact Us or complete the following forms online:

Family Questionnaire

School Questionnaire

Alternatively you can print the questionnaires and return to us:

Family Questionnaire 

 School Questionnaire


Website by Dewsign  |  UI Design by Sam Barclay

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1064646) A company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales company number 3432423.