New JCQ Access Arrangement regulations

Thanks to Jean Hutchins for alerting us to the new JCQ Access Arrangements regulations. I am particularly interested in the one about being allowed a screen reader in papers testing reading. It is allowed because the candidate is able to work independently. Here are the links:

Department for Education: New JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications)
22 August 2012.

Some of the main changes are:

* The JCQ mobile phone poster only needs to be displayed outside the
examination room.
* A candidate is allowed to use an electronic bilingual dictionary.
* A candidate is allowed to use an iPad or tablet where provided by
the centre.
* Prohibited electronic communication/storage devices now include
wristwatches with a data storage device.
* An invigilator is allowed to read the question paper rubric to
* Centres are able to record candidate attendance data through their
management information system (MIS) and submit a centre generated
attendance register to an awarding organisation.
* A computer reader is allowed in a paper or sections of a paper
testing reading.
* The instructions for conducting controlled assessments document has
been revamped to provide subject teachers, examination officers and
heads of centre with a single definitive source of generic guidance
and instructions for all GCSE subjects.
* Modified enlarged paper formats have been amended to A4 modified 18
point bold and A4 modified 24 point bold.
leading to:
with details of access arrangements, including use of iPads if normal
means of working.

and a link to an order form for 2011/2012 Patoss guide.