The Postgraduate Award of Proficiency in Assessment for Access Arrangements (PAPAA) enables professionals to fully meet the requirements set by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) to assess candidates for Access Arrangements.
The JCQ sets the criteria which Access Arrangements Assessors must meet. The PAPAA course:
*The PAPAA is externally moderated and verified by an Ofqual registered awarding body. (www.industryqualifications.org.uk)
Upon completion of the PAPAA course, successful candidates will:
Please note: Access Arrangements Assessors must hold an appropriate qualification to teach and make recommendations for secondary aged or adult learners who have learning difficulties. (If you have any questions regarding meeting this requirement please contact us for clarification.)
Assignments consist of a mix of practical tasks, online questionnaires, essays and data analysis.
The course is split into 2 units:
Administering and interpreting a range of standardised tests
A small selection from:
CLICK HERE to see details of our Standardised Test library
Understanding the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) regulations ‘Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments’, and applying them within your centre.
Before they can start the assignments, PAPAA students are required to view a number of video presentations which explain the principles of psychometric testing, the JCQ regulations and associated content necessary to meet the criteria for an Access Arrangements Assessor.
Students who opt for PAPAA Intensive will access some of these presentations face to face.
The complete course content delivered through online videos. Available all year at any location with good internet.
Unit 1 (see above) of the PAPAA course delivered intensively face to face over a 3 day block. Unit 2 delivered online.
For colleagues who prefer face to face training we offer the option to access the PAPAA course through 6 face to face training days spread over 4 months.
For regional or academy groups (minimum of 8 participants), the PAPAA Intensive option delivered at a venue of your choice.
The PAPAA course was written and developed by Caroline Read (www.communicate-ed.org.uk) and Sarah Beard (www.dyslexiatraining.net & www.dyslexiaservices.net). Both are experienced dyslexia practitioners who have worked in the field of assessment and access arrangements for many years. Working together they used their individual expertise to design a course which is both practical and underpinned by sound academic principles. Successful completion of the award allows qualified teachers to become Assessors for Access Arrangements in as little as three months.
Watch an introductory video to the PAPAA Course
Download an application form