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Exams Technology Toolkit: Ensuring Access for All

by | Dec 26, 2022

Exams Technology Toolkit: Ensuring Access for All

by | Dec 26, 2022

Empowering Students with an Exams Technology Toolkit

Enhancing Exam Accessibility with a Tailored Technology Toolkit

In a comprehensive webinar, Jim from Scanning Pens and Paddy from Texthelp outlined the essentials of an “Exams Technology Toolkit,” aimed at supporting pupils with diverse needs during examinations. The session focused on JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications) requirements for exam access arrangements and how a carefully selected range of technology tools can ensure every student receives the necessary support.

Key Provisions and JCQ Compliance

The experts delved into the specifics of what technology provisions are permitted and prohibited in exams according to JCQ guidelines. They highlighted the importance of understanding these regulations to effectively implement access arrangements that comply with official standards.

Creating a Normal Way of Working

Jim and Paddy shared practical tips for integrating technology into everyday learning, emphasizing the need to establish these tools as a ‘normal way of working’ well before exam time. This approach not only helps students become comfortable with the technology but also meets JCQ’s criteria for exam accommodations.

Cost-Saving Benefits and Building Confidence

The webinar also addressed how employing an exams technology toolkit can lead to significant cost savings by reducing the need for human readers and scribes. Moreover, Jim and Paddy pointed out how familiarizing students with technology-based solutions can boost their confidence during exams, leading to better outcomes.

Collaborative Expertise for SEN Support

With their combined expertise and commitment to finding solutions for every student’s needs, Jim and Paddy showcased their collaborative approach to enhancing exam accessibility. Their dedication to supporting pupils, rather than promoting products, underscores the value of technology in meeting SEN requirements effectively.

This session offered valuable insights into creating a comprehensive exams technology toolkit, guided by JCQ regulations and focused on student success. By emphasizing the importance of early integration, compliance, and confidence-building, Jim and Paddy provided educators with practical strategies for leveraging technology to support all learners in achieving their exam potential.