Priory Community School

Your name:

Amanda Sheppard

Your role:

Exams Officer

Your school name:

Priory Community School

Describe your school

11-16 age range. @ 50 years old. located just outside Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset.

Did you trial the ExamReader / Reader initially, if so, what “review process” did you follow and what conclusions did you draw?

We did a trial using some SEND y11s. they were allowed to take them home to try to get used to them more quickly. The SEND dept. reviewed each student, it didn’t suit everyone, some students just didn’t get used to them.

What do you most like about the ExamReader?

That students can sit in a class with others and that they are able to use it in the parts of the English exams where readers are not permitted.

Please describe how you are using the ExamReader?

They are used as part of a student’s normal way of working. I am told which students are using them and when it comes to the exams and mock exams, I make sure that they are laid out on the exam desk ready. The student brings in their ear plugs.

Please describe how the use of the ExamReader has affected your students (performance, confidence, independence etc)?

The pen has made them more confident. They are able to sit in the same exam room as their peers and not be singled out as being different.

Please describe any other areas in school you feel the ExamReader has helped (staff time savings, school results, cost savings etc)

The exam reader certainly saves staff time and money, we can use less invigilators for exams as we use less rooms. Turing class time the SEND teaching assistants can be deployed around the entire room instead of having to stay with mainly one or two students.

How likely are you to recommend the ExamReader to others?

I have already recommended them to my local exam officer network group.