Lead Specialist Assessor and Support for Exams Access Arrangements

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Lead Specialist Assessor and Support for Exams Access Arrangements to join our Quality department.

The purpose of the role is to demonstrate a high, professional practice in assessment and diagnosis of learning needs and difficulties and provide specialist support.

The successful applicant must have:

  • Access arrangements assessor who has successfully completed a post-graduate course at or equivalent to Level 7, for example, Certificate of Competence in Psychometric Testing Assessment Access (CPT3A) – or equivalent.
  • Or a specialist assessor with a current SpLD Assessment Practising Certificate.
  • Or an appropriately qualified psychologist registered with the Health & Care Professions Council.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of Exam Access Arrangements including JCQ regulations.
  • Proven ability to interview students in a tactful and sympathetic manner.
  • Ability to work independently without supervision.
  • Experience of carrying out and scoring a wide range of psychometric tests.
  • Experience of detailed report writing.

The roles main duties include:

  • Leading and co-ordinating the team
  • Co-ordinating the support for HE students who are in receipt of Disabled student Allowance (DSA). This could include individuals with a range of disabilities
  • Overseeing the Exam Access Arrangements (EAA) for FE students including those with the following needs: cognitive and learning communications and interaction; sensory and physical; social and emotional; medical conditions
  • Conducting exams access arrangement (EAA) assessments by means of a student history interview and the administration of a range of psychometric tests
  • Writing reports to the standard required for Exam Access Arrangements
  • Completing EAA annual training and updates
  • Liaising with a wide range of staff across all areas of the College, most notably the Examinations team
  • Assisting in the maintaining and monitoring the student referral list
  • To Lead on the use of Assistive Technology for Reading and Writing
  • Providing learning needs and difficulties advice and support to tutors, assessors, and difficulties
  • Providing individual and small group support to students identified as having learning difficulties
  • Providing such returns or reports as may from time to time be required by the Manager
  • Carrying out other administrative duties in association with a support function
  • Assisting in the development of curriculum support materials
  • Ensuring safe practices are observed by yourself and others (including students) for whom you are responsible
  • Assisting in the marketing of the College provision through attendance at Careers Conventions, Open Days, and other promotional events

This role requires you to engage in regulatory activity. The full definition of regulatory activity is set out in the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 as amended by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. Regulated activity includes teaching, instructing, caring for or supervising children if the person is unsupervised.

Fancy a 4-day working week*?

Grantham College is trialling a 4-day working week which will run from September 2022 until the end of August 2023. If you wish to participate in the trial you will benefit from a reduction in working hours but still receive full pay. For a full-time member of staff with a permanent salaried contract for 37 hours per week the working hours will reduce to an average of 33 hours per week with the same pro rata reduction for part time employees. Annual leave entitlements will reduce in line with the reduction in contracted hours, but the number of weeks of leave will remain the same. You will work your core hours Monday to Thursday with full time staff working a Friday morning on the 4th week.

The four-day week is generally considered to bring benefits which help employees, the organisation, and the climate.

The potential benefits of the trial are improved work-life balance, a happier, healthier & more productive workforce leading to better student outcomes, reduction in employee’s childcare/caring costs and commuting time & cost. The college hopes this trial will boost gender equality in the work force alongside a positive reduction in its carbon footprint, improving air quality and congestion of the local environment.

*pro rota reduction for part time staff

What we offer you in return:

  • An excellent pension scheme with an Employer Contribution of 23.8 %
  • A continued professional development programme of up to £750 per academic year
  • A generous annual holiday allowance of 25 days for Support employees, this will increase to 29 days, after 5 years’ service
  • Generous occupational sick pay scheme after one years service
  • Family friendly policies, including up to 5 paid occasions for time off for dependants within a 12 month period, after the first year of service
  • Five college closure days in December in addition to annual leave

The closing date for all applications will be Sunday 04 December 2022.

Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive we will only be able to contact candidates who have been selected for interview. You are welcome to download a full application pack and return your completed application to hrapplications@grantham.ac.uk  
Please note that we do not accept CV’s by way of application or online application via other websites, you must complete a Grantham College application form. Grantham College are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. All employment offers are subject to a self-funded satisfactory enhanced DBS check. The successful applicant will have a deduction of £44 taken from payroll. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


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