Carol Crookes, Assistant SENDCo, Winterhill School

Your name

Carol Crookes

Your role

Assistant SENDCo, specialist assessor within school

Your school name

Winterhill School

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

Secondary school in Rotherham, South Yorkshire

Did you trial the Exam Reader / Reader initially, if so, what “review process” did you follow and what conclusions did you draw?
Yes, our school trialled the reader pens in the mock exams. We looked at the results of those mock exams and spoke to staff, parents and students about using them.

What do you most like about the ReaderPen?

They give the students as much independence as possible whilst still needing a reader.
The reader pens can be used in the English exams which is a huge plus for having the reader pens

Please describe how you are using the ReaderPen?

The reader pens are being predominantly used by students in a larger venue than previously used as they can use their ear phones.

Please describe how the use of the ReaderPen has affected your students (performance, confidence, independence etc)?
The GCSE exams have only just started today (14th May) so we will monitor the impact they have had

Please describe any other areas in school you feel the ReaderPen has helped (staff time savings, school results, cost savings etc)


We are going to use the reader pens for our EAL students to help with their language development

How likely are you to recommend the ReaderPen to others?

I would yes