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.