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  Course Details
Patoss Mentoring Scheme (5 hours)
Course Level: Intermediate
Course Type: Distance
CPD Long Term:
CPD Credit Hours: Hours: 5 Minutes: 0
  Event Address

  Contact Details
Provider: Patoss
Course Manager: Mrs Sheila Rostill
Telephone: 01386 257808
Email: srostill@patoss-dyslexia.org
Website: www.patoss-dyslexia.org
  Event Details
Dates: 12/11/2020 - 12/11/2021
Times: N/A - N/A
No. of Delegates: Unlimited
Delegate Price: GBP 350.00
SASC Ref.: PAT-15868-121120-OL
   Audience Restriction
members £350, non-members for £395.
   Course Summary
Whether you are a newly qualified assessor, or more experienced in this field, it is clear that no two people with a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) are alike! This means that all assessments have their challenges and, with this in mind, the Patoss Mentoring Programme offers personalised support in assessment and report writing.
   Course Detail

The Mentoring Programme is SASC approved and meets the latest guidelines (applicable from 1st September 2018) which require newly qualified assessors to complete 5 hours of SASC authorised, assessed CPD each year before their first APC renewal plus a minimum of 5 hours informal CPD each year.  

For new assessors, SASC has suggested that personalised mentoring should be included as part of the increased CPD requirements, and a Patoss Professional Practice Mentor can provide 5 hours of approved, assessed support. This could be used to discuss an SpLD profile not previously encountered during training or clarification of a test or assessment procedure that you may not have had the opportunity to use before. 

As an experienced assessor you may wish to use Patoss mentoring as a way of checking and reaffirming your practice, in line with current thinking and guidelines. In this way, mentoring can provide a ‘sounding board' for you to share ideas and hypotheses with a mentor before coming to diagnostic conclusions.

When preparing for an APC renewal, Patoss mentoring can also help build up confidence in your assessment practice, providing guidance on specific areas of report writing in line with current regulations.

Whatever age range you work within or the stage of your SpLD assessment career, the 5 hour Patoss Mentoring Programme can provide bespoke support. Specific aims will be agreed between the mentee and mentor at the start of the mentoring programme and there will be an opportunity to evaluate and reflect upon the learning / development that has taken place. This process will assist in fulfilling the SASC requirements for a reflective CPD log and help in the identification and planning of ongoing CPD activities.   

The Patoss Mentoring Programme provides 5 hours of personalised, assessed and SASC approved CPD. The aims and content will be planned and agreed between the mentee and mentor at the start of the package, therefore it is appropriate for:

·         Newly qualified SpLD assessors

·         SpLD Assessors wishing to improve or refresh their current practice

·         SpLD Assessors approaching APC renewal

Included in the mentoring programme subscription is one year's access to the online Patoss Professional Community Forum. This provides the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals to discuss issues around the assessment and support of specific learning difficulties The content of the forum is closely monitored by Patoss. 


Patoss members and non – members who have a qualification in SpLD assessment.

   CPD Themes
  • Reviewing principles of psychometrics, statistics, assessment and underlying theory
  • SpLD testing methods, interpretation, report writing, feedback and test materials
  • Assessors
  • Support
  • • Patoss members should have a qualification in SpLD assessment
  • • Non – members must have an appropriate APC level qualification or a current APC from another awarding body.
   Learning Outcomes
  • • Resolution of concerns and the development of confidence in assessment practice
  • • Updating knowledge on current SASC regulations and requirements for Diagnostic Assessment Reports
  • • Enhancement of skills in the interpretation of statistics and differential diagnoses
  • • Review of a Diagnostic Assessment Report, with feedback on strengths and issues that need addressing for the future.
  • • Resolution of queries and the development of confidence in SpLD diagnostic interpretations, conclusions and recommendations
  • • Validation of professional practice, reflection and action planning for future CPD activities.