Schools and Colleges

Short Assessment

Short Assessment:


“Schools, Colleges, FE Colleges, Sixth Form Colleges and academies must fulfil their duty to use their best endeavours to secure special educational provision that the young person needs.”
(SEND Code of Practice, 2015)

These assessments are particularly suitable as update assessments for application for access arrangements in external examinations, but can be used as evidence of ongoing need or to demonstrate progress over time.

Up to 4 short assessments can be conducted in one whole day, each assessment taking between 1 - 1.5 hours each. These assessments are commissioned by Schools, Colleges or Academies, and take place in the educational setting. They all comply with current JCQ Regulations, where appropriate, and provide all the information needed to make appropriate applications to the awarding bodies for exam access arrangements in external exams.

They are suitable for application for access arrangements for:

  • - GCSE
  • - A Level
  • - Common Entrance Exams
  • - Vocational Qualifications (GNVQ)
  • - BTEC Diplomas

What is assessed:

Short assessments assess:


A short profile report is provided which outlines the strengths, weaknesses/areas to develop and recommendations for teachers. The profile is written for teachers, to enable them to differentiate the teaching and learning and to support the pupil based upon the short assessment information. The profile can also be used as the front page for the access arrangements files, which are required for JCQ Inspection purposes.

The Form 8 Section C will be completed and Form 8 Section A can also be completed, if required, but only when the information is provided by the School which is necessary for its completion.

All recommendations for support and examination concessions will be discussed with the SENCO and based upon the pupils’ needs. The most recent editions of nationally standardised tests are always used. All reports and assessments fully comply with current JCQ Regulations which are updated annually in September.

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Access Arrangements:

Examples of Exam Access Arrangements:

All recommendations for access arrangements are based upon need, and must be supported by evidence of need and normal way of working within the setting.

Overview of access arrangements