Samantha Haydock, Deputy Headteacher from The Hollins Technology College provided the following feedback about the C-Pen Exam Reader

Describe your school:

Secondary, 11-16, Accrington in Lancashire, 50% of pupils come from the two most deprived socio-economic areas as determined by the National Overall Multiple Deprivation Index, the Hyndburn district itself is ranked in Lancashire as having the highest levels of hospital stays for self-harm for teenagers, 2nd highest for proportion of children living in poverty, 2nd highest for alcohol specific hospital stays, 2nd highest for drug misuse, 3rd highest for teenage pregnancy. Our GCSE results have meant we are the highest performing school in Hyndburn for the 2nd year running in terms of 5+ A*-C including English and Maths.

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

We were initially sent a WizCom ExamPen which our students found difficult to use, and it wasn't fit for purpose. However, the C-Pen Exam Reader was trialled by three different students (1 SEN, 1 EAL, and 1 other) and all 3 found it useful for either specific words (1 other), or whole sentences (1 SEN and 1 EAL).

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

Easy to use, the tone of the voice was natural and not robotic.

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

Both in classroom situations, for reading pleasure, and we will hopefully be using it in exams. 

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

Independence has improved - less reliant on a human reader/teaching assistant for help. 

What do the students say about the pen?

Brilliant, useful, cool!

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

Saving human resources during hectic exam times - if at least some students can use it in the main exam hall, it will prevent TAs being removed from their normal supporting role in classrooms, and also minimise timetable disruptions that occur with having to use alternative classrooms. Also it helps us identify "normal" ways of working, so that we can help learners become more independent. 

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

Very likely.