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.