Nicole Dempsey, Individual Needs Coordinator from Dixons Trinity Academy provided the following feedback about the C-Pen Exam Reader:

Describe your school: 

 Secondary Free School in Bradford city centre 

 Start up - just coming to the end of the 4th year 

 will be 11-16 from September 2016 

 16% SEND, 39% Pupil Premium 

 

Did you have the opportunity to trial the pen before purchase: 

Yes; I requested a sample which was sent promptly and we tried it out in a few different settings. 

During the trial what stuck you as a positive feature for your school to go ahead with an order? 

Ease of use. Accuracy of pen. Opportunity to develop independence. 

Which areas do you feel the use of the pen will impact upon for your school’s needs? 

During exam periods. Developing student independence and confidence. 

Have the students expressed any comments or thoughts on the Reader pen? 

 Male student, Y9 "... It helps me understand what the words mean if I get stuck and it's clear what they say." 

 Male student, Y10 "It has made me more confident to answer the questions." 

 Female student, Y8 "It has given me a chance to be successful in my exam and it helps me understand the words that I find hard to understand." 

 Female student, Y9 "Because I make really silly mistakes when I don't read the question and this pen has made my life so much better and know I don't make silly mistakes." 

 

Within the classroom environment have teaching and support staff noticed any positive outcomes for the students? 

Yes, we noticed a calmer and more positive attitude in exams and also increased grades/better results - sometimes drastically so - more in line with what we know the 

students are capable of. 

Has the pen had any direct business/financial impacts on the school? 

Yes, definitely; the reader pens reduce the number of staff needed for exam access arrangements drastically. 

Would you recommend the pen to other colleagues? 

I already have, lots! 

Further comments from Jenny Thompson, Head of Secondary: 

During the trial what stuck you as a positive feature for your school to go ahead with an order? 

Ease of use – accuracy of reading and efficiency of delivery. We only want a product from a trustworthy provider. 

Which areas do you feel the use of the pen will impact upon for your school’s needs? 

Students were able to interact with 100% confidence in the exam. The reader pens made no mistakes. 

Within the classroom environment have teaching and support staff noticed any positive outcomes for the students? 

Students reported that they found the pens easy to use and reliable. 

Has the pen had any direct business/financial impacts on the school? 

Absolutely – we were able to release staff who would otherwise have been providing reading support for the students in exams. 

Would you recommend the pen to other colleagues? 

Without hesitation. 

Any other comments you would like to add? 

Thank you for being so efficient. 

Lauren Bannister, Assistant SENCO from The Grangefield Academy provided the following feedback about the C-Pen Exam Reader

Lauren Bannister, Assistant SENCO from The Grangefield Academy provided the following feedback about the C-Pen Exam Reader:

Describe your school:

Mainstream school, 11-16 years, Stockton-on-tees

Did you trial the C-Pen Exam Reader initially, if so, what “review process” did you follow and what conclusions did you draw?

We didn't trial the C-Pen Exam Reader prior to purchasing them, however a neighbouring school uses them and recommended them to us.

What do you most like about the C-Pen Exam Reader?

We liked how clear the spoken words were. How it could pick up different fonts and size of text fairly well.

Please describe how you are using the C-Pen Exam Reader?

We bought the C-Pen Exam Reader a little time prior to the exams to allow the pupils time to trial and practice using them within lessons before the exam. During the exam, pupils who are entitled to a reader are being placed in a room together and will have moderators who will act as readers in with them along with the pens on the desk. Pupils will then have an option whether to use the pen or a moderator. This will be our first exam year that we will be using the pens.

Please describe how the use of the C-Pen Exam Reader has affected your students?

I can only comment on how it has supported our pupils’ confidence and anxiety issues prior to the exam. As they will be the first year this year, so I cannot comment on performance. However, some of our very anxious pupils are less worked up due to the knowledge and support that they have practiced and are going to receive during the exams. It is these pupils who are reluctant, even in small groups rooms, to put their hand up during an exam and ask the reader to read for them.

Please describe any other areas in school you feel the C-Pen Exam Reader has helped?

We can reduce rooming this year with the use of the pens, this impacts on less staffing and therefore allows us to offer more support in other areas due to the cost saving.

How likely are you to recommend the C-Pen Exam Reader to others?

At this moment in time, very likely.

Any other comments you would like to add?

We are looking into investing into the classroom C-Pen Reader Pens.

Jeanette Knowles, SENDCo from Wreake Valley Academy provided the following feedback about the C-Pen Exam Reader

Jeanette Knowles, SENDCo from Wreake Valley Academy provided the following feedback about the C-Pen Exam Reader:

Describe your school:

We are an 11-18 mixed gender, secondary school in Leicestershire.

Did you trial the C-Pen Exam Reader initially, if so, what “review process” did you follow and what conclusions did you draw?

We trialled the C-Pen Exam Reader with a number of students.

We obtained feedback from the students themselves and from the teaching assistants.

We also measured the change in the students’ ability to complete assessments and classwork independently.

What do you most like about the C-Pen Exam Reader?

Ease of use, exam approval and the light that clearly shows what text is being captured.

Please describe how you are using the C-Pen Exam Reader?

With SEN/EAL students to access curriculum text and during exams.

Please describe how the use of the C-Pen Exam Reader has affected your students?

Already improved confidence and independence.

Students have encouraged other students to use them and clearly see the benefits of them.

How likely are you to recommend the C-Pen Exam Reader to others?

Definitely.

Suzanne Hunt, Examinations Manager from The Henry Box School and Sixth Form provided the following feedback about the C-Pen Exam Reader

Suzanne Hunt, Examinations Manager from The Henry Box School and Sixth Form provided the following feedback about the C-Pen Exam Reader:

Describe your school:

Academy – 11-18 – Witney, Oxfordshire

Did you trial the C-Pen Exam Reader initially, if so, what “review process” did you follow and what conclusions did you draw?

We trialled the C-Pen Exam Reader with a dyslexic Year 11 student.

What do you most like about the C-Pen Exam Reader?

She found the C-Pen Exam Reader very easy to use and will use it in GCSE exams and in some English lessons.

Using the C-Pen Exam Reader increased her confidence and she needed less support from staff.

Please describe how the use of the C-Pen Exam Reader has affected your students?

She thought the pen was excellent and said she would prefer to use this than having a person read to her!

Please describe any other areas in school you feel the C-Pen Exam Reader has helped?

Using this will save staff costs & time and hopefully enable the students to achieve better exam results.

How likely are you to recommend the C-Pen Exam Reader to others?

I would be very likely to recommend the C-Pen Exam Reader, in fact I already have at an EO network meeting.

Any other comments you would like to add?

Teaching staff have also been impressed with the pen when they have seen it in their lessons.

Louise Upton, Data & Exams Manager from Retford Oaks Academy provided the following feedback about the C-Pen Exam Reader

Louise Upton, Data & Exams Manager from Retford Oaks Academy provided the following feedback about the C-Pen Exam Reader:

Describe your school:

We are an 11-18 Academy, we have been an academy for three years but a school for a lot more, we are based in Retford Nottinghamshire

Did you trial the C-Pen Exam Reader initially, if so, what “review process” did you follow and what conclusions did you draw?

We trialled a WizCom ExamPen which we did not like as the voice was terrible and the students could not hear it correctly. We then discovered the newer C-Pen Exam Reader and requested a trial. The C-Pen Exam Reader is amazing!

The teaching assistants, teaching staff and students love the C-Pen Exam Reader for use in exams and can hear the voice clearly and use it easily. We ordered 10 C-Pen Exam Reader as a result of this.

What do you most like about the C-Pen Exam Reader?

I like the C-Pen Exam Reader as it is small enough to use, easy to use and clear to hear the results. The students love it because of this.

Please describe how you are using the C-Pen Exam Reader?

We will be using the C-Pen Exam Reader in trial and real exams with the students in a separate room this year so they can trial it without the fuss of being in the hall. Next year we will be using the CPen Exam Reader in the hall with everyone else when the students are used to it.

Please describe how the use of the C-Pen Exam Reader has affected your students?

The students love the C-Pen Exam Reader as lots of our students actually only use a teaching assistant for the occasional word and not for the whole exam. At present they feel conscious asking for help from a teaching assistant so don’t ask for help. With the C-Pen Exam Reader they do not need to ask for help as they can just use the C-Pen Exam Reader. This is improving their actual confidence in exams, their performance as they can read the word with the C-Pen Exam Reader and the whole attitude to exams.

What do the students say about the pen?

Our students love the C-Pen Exam Reader as it is easy to use and they can use it as and when they want it.

Please describe any other areas in school you feel the C-Pen Exam Reader has helped?

It has saved us money at Retford Oaks Academy as we do not need to use the teaching assistants that we would have used previously, we can use the C-Pen Exam Reader for ease and from an exams perspective it saves me finding rooms, teaching assistants who are not utilised as students didn’t want to ask for a single word and it will help with our results as the students will be able to read the papers easier.

How likely are you to recommend the C-Pen Exam Reader to others?

I would recommend the C-Pen Exam Reader to any school as it is amazing.

What changes would most improve the C-Pen Exam Reader?

I don’t think it needs changing at all as it is perfect as it is!

Carly Brown, SENDCO from St Ives School provided the following feedback about the C-Pen Exam Reader:

Carly Brown, SENDCO from St Ives School provided the following feedback about the C-Pen Exam Reader:

Describe your school:

A coastal school with around 600 pupils aged 11-16.

Did you trial the C-Pen Exam Reader initially, if so, what “review process” did you follow and what conclusions did you draw?

We trialed the C-Pen Exam Reader originally with three dyslexic students who were bright and able but with low reading ages. We asked them to take the pen to a range a lessons and asked them and the teachers for feedback.

What do you most like about the C-Pen Exam Reader?

The positives are that the students can independently access the reading requirements for the class and they can be used in exams for students who are reluctant to accept adult support.

Please describe how you are using the C-Pen Exam Reader?

We are using the C-Pen Exam Readers on a sign out system for students to take to lessons and in exams – particularly the English language exam. The students regularly use them in English to develop their skills using the pen for the exam.

Please describe how the use of the C-Pen Exam Reader has affected your students?

Students who previously couldn’t access the English language exam can now access it – it has made a massive difference to them in their mocks. It is building confidence for students – particularly the students who are bright verbally but have decoding text as the barrier to their learning.

How likely are you to recommend the C-Pen Exam Reader to others?

I would recommend the C-Pen Exam Reader to other schools and learner for use in their English language exam or for students who won’t accept additional adult support.

Alessandra Watkins, SENDCo from Walton Girls’ High School and Sixth Form provided the following feedback about the C-Pen Exam Reader

Alessandra Watkins, SENDCo from Walton Girls’ High School and Sixth Form provided the following feedback about the C-Pen Exam Reader:

Describe your school:

Secondary Academy – Comprehensive – 743 – 11-18

Did you trial the C-Pen Exam Reader initially, if so, what “review process” did you follow and what conclusions did you draw?

We trialed it for the trial period during Year 10 exams and it was very successful.

What do you most like about the C-Pen Exam Reader?

The students can have personalised help and liked the fact that they did not have to ask or put their hands up. It was also ‘instant access’ to the information they required.

Please describe how you are using the C-Pen Exam Reader?

It is being used to support KS4 students with their GCSE exams. They have access to these pens during the school day too to help them to learn to use them properly.

Please describe how the use of the C-Pen Exam Reader has affected your students? 

Performance: Quick and easy to use
Confidence: Students quick to grasp technology and were excited by it

Independence: they really appreciated not having to ask others for help and the anonymity of having the pen over having to be seen to ask for help or wait for it to be given. 

Please describe any other areas in school you feel the C-Pen Exam Reader has helped?

It will save on having to employ a team of readers for examinations and helps with reading during lesson times too 

How likely are you to recommend the C-Pen Exam Reader to others?

We are very likely to recommend this product to others and have already done so. We have showcased them during Staff Training and meetings with Outside agencies and they have been used to demonstrate methods of learning support for the teaching of additional needs to Psychology A level students. 

Any other comments you would like to add? 

Thanks for providing such a useful, reliable and user-friendly product!

Stephanie Kelly, Exams Officer from Outwood Academy Adwick provided the following feedback about the C-Pen Exam Reader

Describe your school:

We are a secondary school and sixth form school in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. We have an above national average rate for students who are eligible for free school meals and currently have 22 students in y10 and y11 who are entitled to the use of a reader in exams.

Did you trial the C-Pen Exam Reader initially, if so, what “review process” did you follow and what conclusions did you draw?

I ordered a C-Pen Exam Reader to trial and was blown away by it. I had trialled the WizCom ExamPen at an RTA event in September 2014, but the C-Pen Exam Reader outperformed it in every way.

The C-Pen Exam Reader was shown to a few key students (in addition to a few key members of staff) and asked for their opinions. The decision was made to purchase 10 C-Pen Exam Readers as we were originally going to give them to students in the lower school so they could get used to using it.

What do you most like about the C-Pen Exam Reader?

The C-Pen Exam Reader is so ergonomic and sleek looking. It not only makes the C-Pen Exam Reader easier to use, but it encourages students to use it, as it does not look like a learning aid in the way the old WizCom ExamPen did.

Please describe how you are using the C-Pen Exam Reader?

We have just received approval to roll out the use of the C-Pen Exam Reader to students who are entitled to a reader in examinations regardless of their year group. The pens are (successfully) filling the void after a TA left just before the summer who has not been replaced.

The C-Pen Exam Readers will also be used in exams (both internal and external). There was a concern that students would not be comfortable using it accurately and that it would potentially disadvantage them, however, even our weaker students have grasped the ability to use the C-Pen Exam Reader within (on average) 5 minutes of seeing the C-Pen Exam Reader for the first time.

Please describe how the use of the C-Pen Exam Reader has affected your students?

Students are more receptive to the C-Pen Exam Reader during examinations than they are to a human reader. Due to costs involved and the number of students eligible for the use of a human reader, one human reader was previously allocated to a handful of students and seating across one or two rooms. This discouraged the students from accessing the help as they felt embarrassed to raise their hand in front of their peers.

Please describe any other areas in school you feel the C-Pen Exam Reader has helped?

In addition to filling the void of a TA, the C-Pen Exam Reader has also cut down on the cost of invigilation and has minimized the disruption to the remainder of the academy at exam time as additional rooms are no longer required to facilitate students with readers. There is also the logistics of only having to manage outside noise in one part of the academy to avoid disruption to exams as opposed to (at times) 4 different locations.

How likely are you to recommend the C-Pen Exam Reader to others?

I have already recommended the C-Pen Exam Reader online and will continue to recommend it.

Any other comments you would like to add?

The academy has just agreed to purchase a further 10 C-Pen Exam Readers due to their popularity among staff and students.