Special Educational Needs

Diagnostic Assessment – £ please enquire ( all ages )

When an individual experiences difficulty with learning which is different to their peers, this may indicate that a diagnostic assessment is required.This aims to identify the source of the difficulty, e.g. dyslexia and recommend the actions needed to address it. In this way a learner can receive a personalised plan that meets their needs.

A range of standardised tests are administered to assess learning development in:

  • reading, spelling and writting;
  • Maths;
  • comprehesion and vocubulary;
  • memory;
  • verbal and visual abilities.

The assessor then compiles a report to discuss the outcomes with the learner and, where required, an appropriate adult as well as the providerA diagnostic report has been found to enable more effective teaching and learning and therefore better achievement rates for learners who may have been identified with additional learning needs (ALN). Financial support is available from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) for providers to contribute to the additional costs of teaching support required.

A diagnostic assessment report (DAR) will be required for a Disabled Student Allowance application. Prices from £350.

Access Arrangements Assessment – £ please enquire ( post 16 )

All awarding bodies have their own access arrangement policies which meet the requirements of the:

    • SpLD Assessment Standards Commitee (SASC) SpLD Working Group 2005/DfES Guidelines (2014);
    • Joint Council for Qualifications(JCQ).

Award body policies often require learners to be formally assessedby qualified assessors. Once again a set of tests are administered. The learner must meet the levels of need specified by SASC in order to be eligible for a scribe, reader, additional time etc. Prices from £140.