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Fast-track your journey to become a fully-qualified access arrangements assessor

 
Are you looking to become qualified as an access arrangements assessor this academic year? If so, our Certificate in Psychometric Testing, Assessment and Access Arrangements (CPT3A) will provide you will all the skills and knowledge required to successfully carry out this role and meet the JCQ requirements.

What’s covered?

Our highly-regarded CPT3A qualification comprises two modules. The first is the Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET) which will provide you with an understanding of the underlying principles of all psychometric tests and how to apply this knowledge in your setting – you’ll be able to identify the correct test, use it effectively and interpret the results. The Access Arrangements Course (AAC) will then build on this knowledge and focus on the exam access arrangements process so that you can complete the necessary access arrangements documentation in your setting with confidence.

Study options

If you wish to learn at your own pace, you can complete the CPT3A fully online, supported by an experienced and qualified tutor. Alternatively, to fast-track your learning, you can attend one of our 3-day intensive CCET courses followed by the AAC module online or via a 1-day intensive session. The dates of the intensive course are below – we have two CCET intensive courses next month, one in London on 13-15 March and the other in Birmingham on 20-22 March. 

CCET

London: Novotel London City. 13-15 March | 22-24 May | 3-5 July

Birmingham: IBIS Birmingham New Street. 20-22 March

Bristol: Aztec Hotel. 8-10 May

Leeds: Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa. 24-26 July

AAC

London: Novotel London South. 24 May | 28 June

Learn more and book your place today

Eligibility

To complete the full CPT3A, you will need to hold ‘an appropriate qualification to teach’ in order to meet the criteria set by the JCQ for all access arrangement assessors. Once you have completed the qualification with us, not only will you be a qualified access arrangements assessor but you will also gain 30 credits at level 7 which you can bring into our SEND Programme to achieve a postgraduate qualification.

Join us in Dubai for our next intensive course in educational testing

 
Following the success of two intensive Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET) courses held in Dubai last year, we have already planned another face-to-face course to take place this April. Attend our CCET Dubai course on 16-18 April at GEMS Wellington Academy Silicon Oasis to take the next step in ensuring that inclusion is at the heart of your school so that you can effectively support all your students, no matter what their abilities.

What’s it all about?

CCET is an open access course, meaning that no prior qualifications are requirements before starting the course. However, it is particularly suited to SENCOs, Inclusion Managers and other support roles as it’s designed to help you understand everything you need to know about psychometric tests, including how to use them and how to interpret the results effectively. After this course, you will be able to evaluate your students’ progress as well as assess for some special educational needs. It’s a great way to start your journey towards enhanced and inclusive support for all the students in your setting, without the need to rely on external professionals. You can find out more about what is included in the course on our dedicated CCET web page.

Attending our CCET course in Dubai is also a great opportunity to share best practice for inclusion with your colleagues in the region as well as discuss specific challenges with our experienced Educational Psychologists who will be delivering the training.  

Local opinion

Melissa Skiles, Head of Inclusion at the Dubai British School Jumeriah Park attended our CCET course in Dubai last year and found the course very beneficial:

“The course has exceeded my expectations – both in person and the online modules. Throughout the duration of the course, the instructors have consistently proven themselves as consummate professionals but warm in their approach. They have also consistently demonstrated expertise and extensive knowledge of the content and its importance in the realm of education. They organised varied content with real-world application and taught us the intricacies of such ethical work and practices and how to maintain those high standards. I would enthusiastically recommend and participate in any course offerings hosted by Real Group in the future.”  

Other relevant courses

If our face-to-face CCET course in Dubai does not suit you this time, please be aware that all our courses, including CCET, are available to complete online from anywhere in the world – as long as you have a good internet connection. As well as courses in professional assessments, such as CCET, we offer masters-level qualifications in inclusive leadership and in supporting students with special educational needs and disabilities. We even have an exclusive Postgraduate Certificate dedicated to SENCOs working in an international setting – our International Award in SEN Coordination.

To book, please complete our simple booking form online. Or for more information, please contact us.

Confirmed NPQ funding for our March cohort – secure your place by 13 February

 
Following our article last month informing you of the new March cohort for our three National Professional Qualifications (NPQs), we wanted to write a new article to let you know that the Department for Education (DfE) has now confirmed that funding is definitely available for March for schools based in the category 5 and 6 areas. If you would like to know if your school is based in an opportunity area, you can check this link or you can contact us.  

 

Book by 13 February to secure a funded NPQ place

To guarantee your fully-funded place for our March cohort, we ask for you to complete the following three steps by the end of Wednesday 13 February:

  1. Complete our simple booking form online.
  2. Complete the online registration forms, which you will receive access to after you have made your booking with us.
  3.  Your headteacher needs to confirm support of your application via email – you simply need to provide their contact details in your registration forms.

With limited places available on our programmes and further funding not guaranteed beyond March, we recommend that you make your booking as soon as possible to start this process – we don’t want you to miss out!

As a reminder, these are our three online NPQs approved by the DfE:

  • NPQML for current and aspiring middle leaders with responsibility for a team.
  • NPQSL for current and aspiring senior leaders with responsibilities across an education setting.
  • NPQH for those who are looking to move into a headteacher role within 12-18 months.

All programmes offer a flexible and practice-led learning model to help you achieve your leadership goals and make a difference in your setting from the outset. If you have any questions regarding the DfE funding or the NPQ programmes in general, please do not hesitate to contact us.

It’s Children’s Mental Health Week – Save over 10% on our SEMH course!

 
Children with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties are a large and growing proportion of students in mainstream and specialist schools across the UK. With this in mind, the government is taking positive steps to tackle this challenge and has provided guidance for education professionals in the recent ‘Mental health and behaviour in schools’ report, published in November 2018.

The report highlights the responsibilities and the role that each school plays in preventing, identifying and supporting children with mental health difficulties. It also outlines additional support it plans to put in place over the coming years – for example new “Mental Health Support Teams will be established in 20-25% of England by 2023”. This is great news but of course it will not provide instant support for those who are currently experiencing mental health difficulties at your school – so how can you enhance your support for SEMH children today?

This week is Children’s Mental Health Week in the UK. So, to help raise awareness of mental health in schools and support schools in facing this challenge today, we are offering a special discount on our Postgraduate Certificate SEND in Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs, which is part of our highly-regarded masters-level SEND Programme. With all our courses following our practice-led learning model, you will be working with and improving support for SEMH children in your setting straight away.

What is the special offer?

Book the two modules mentioned below with us this week (4-10 February) and save over 10% on the already discounted price*. You will be invoiced for only £2,019 + VAT for the two modules – please quote SEMH2019 on the booking form to receive this offer. The offer is valid for the following cohorts: May 2019, September 2019 and January 2020 so you don’t need to start straight away if you are busy this academic year.

*Individual modules cost £1,300 + VAT. Booking two modules to be completed in one year usually costs £2,300 + VAT.

What is included?

Our Postgraduate Certificate includes two 30 credit modules:

The first module provides you with an understanding of SEMH and allows you to gain confidence in supporting children with SEMH needs as well as reviewing current school policies and procedures around the topic. In the second module, you will apply these new skills and knowledge in your setting to further improve your ongoing practice and deepen your understanding on SEMH.

If you would like to know more about our SEMH modules or our SEND Programme in general, please call us on 01273 358080 or email us your queries. Terms and conditions apply for the special offer – please contact us for details.