Jules Daulby, from Thomas Hardye School provided the following feedback about the C-Pen Exam Reader

Describe your school:

Upper School, Yrs 9 -13, Dorchester, Dorset, mixed comprehensive – approx. 2000 on roll with 700 in sixth form

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

I was aware of the old WizCom ExamPen but found it difficult to use. I tried the new C-Pen Exam Reader and it was so much better so we decided to buy 10 as a whole school resource to trial.

We are trialling in various ways:

  • Letting students keep and take home (with a permission letter from parents)
  • Giving some to teachers to allow students to use in their class
  • Allowing others to use for mocks
  • Allowing others to use in school for the day but bringing them back in at the end of the school day 

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

The exam reader is an excellent resource for those students who are independent, have little access to TA provision yet have poor decoding skills. The pen is easy to use, small enough to fit in a student’s blazer pocket and is very reliable for reading words.

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

As above regarding trialling. In addition we are using the Exam Reader in the hall for exams.

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

Some students find it comforting to keep with them in case there is a word they can’t read. Others have found it liberating to use as they can access text independently.

There are also students who don’t necessarily come under the SEN radar but we will suddenly have an email from a teacher or parent saying they are concerned. The pen gives them an easy option for a little bit of extra help.

We know, for some students (a few of the quiet ones who may not ask for help in class) it has made a big difference to their ability to access the text.

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

I think it has helped students who don’t have access to a TA for help with reading. It also helps for exams as these students can go in the hall. It has helped teachers as they can help a student if they are struggling.

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

I would definitely recommend the C-Pen Exam Reader to others as an addition to our assistive technology. For the right student, it is the right piece of kit to offer them. We wouldn’t be without them now.

Any other comments you would like to add?

It’s very important that the pen is easy to use and works well – the difference between this latest ones and previous editions is vast. If a school is put off buying them as previously they have found the WizCom ExamPen to be cumbersome, I would recommend they try the new C-Pen Exam Reader. 

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