Directory of additional Help and Support on delivering Access Arrangements

The EOA has been creating supportive mechanisms and advice on the delivery of Access Arrangements, especailly in mainstream centres, within both schools and colleges, through a directory of specialists across the UK. Local Authorities and individual centres rely heavily on the excellent work of their SENCOs and specialist staff but their services may not be as readily available outside their existing working practices. 

Below are examples of two individuals who are offering their services, in addition to existing support and we hope others will join who can offer their expertise and advice on the growing demands on centres trying to deliver Access Arrangements.  


Full Helen Simon Profile - MSc | SEND practitioner | Speaker | Trainer | Independent consultant 

I have had 25 years of classroom experience in secondary teaching, special needs support and management in mainstream, PRUs and special schools. My work has included supporting schools, teachers and pupils by re-writing curricula/ SOW for inclusion, supporting staff with CPD, running workshops on SEND strategies and supporting parents to encourage their children’s learning and development.

Full Neil Beck Profile - BA / SEND practitioner / Assistive Technology Assessor | Speaker| Trainer | Independent Consultant | Link to Star College 

Neil Beck is an Assistive Technology Assessor at the National Star College in Gloucestershire. He provides assessments, training and support for the students and staff that attend the Ofsted rated outstanding specialist provision – he also delivers an outreach service to schools, colleges, businesses and individuals. He is a qualified trainer in software such as Read and Write (reading text out from a screen) and Dragon Naturally Speaking (speech to text).

Neil has over 8 years’ experience working with students with disabilities. He has experience working in care, education support, product development, teaching and Speech Language Therapy. Outside of college he enjoys wild swimming, travel and helps a local refugee group. Recently he was invited to speak at the Edtech UK Global Summit in London and will be part of a European project to share best practice in pedagogy and technology. Read more >>

Additional Support provided by JISCs

  1. This is the link to the Emptech site for different assistive technology tools - www.emptech.info
  2. Here are the links to specific teaching and learning issues with specific types of disability

a.       Supporting learners on the autistic spectrum

b.       Supporting learners who have mobility and coordination difficulties

c.       Supporting learners with deafness and hearing loss

d.       Supporting learners with dyslexia

e.       Supporting learners with learning disabilities and difficulties

f.        Supporting learners with mental health difficulties

g.       Supporting learners with visual impairments