Boldon School

Your name

Nicky Korn

Your role

Examinations Officer

Your school name

Boldon School

Describe your school (type, age, location, demographic etc)

Secondary Mainstream. Top 5% nationally for deprivation.

Did you trial the ExamReader initially, if so, what “review process” did you follow and what conclusions did you draw?
Following a demonstration of the ExamReader Pens at an Exam Course in Leeds in October 2017, the school signed up to trial the Exam Reader Pens and as the students had success in using them during their Year 11 mock examinations, we decided to make a larger purchase. It enabled students who find asking for help quite difficult to be much more confident during examinations.

What do you most like about the ExamReader?

That Learning Support Assistants (LSA’s) as a resource do not need to be taken ‘off timetable’ and away from students they usually to support for the assessments, students can use the ExamReader pens instead.
Access Arrangements do not need to be applied.

The ExamReader Pens give students independence and ownership of their own learning. The confidence that the ExamReader Pens give the students.

Please describe how you are using the ExamReader?

Students use the ExamReader Pens for assessments and in some lessons, during the school year and before assessments to get them used to them.

Please describe how the use of the ExamReader has affected your students (performance, confidence, independence etc)?
Students are more confident. We are making students less reliant on a member of staff and therefore promoting independence and giving them ownership of their own learning.

Please describe any other areas in school you feel the ExamReader (staff time savings, school results, cost savings etc)
As previously stated, by using the Exam Reader Pens this cuts down on the number of LSA’s we have to allocate to exam reading, therefore ensuring students who are not sitting assessments across the rest of the school have their entitled support.

How likely are you to recommend the ExamReader to others?

I would whole-heartily recommend the ExamReader Pens to other schools.

Any other comments you would like to add?

As well as promoting independence the ExamReader Pens have empowered the students who struggle to read and have given those students the confidence to achieve positive outcomes.