The National Network of Assessment Centres
The NNAC's response to the Ministerial Statement on DSAs
Rt Hon David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills' Statement on HE Student Support (7th April 2014i) announced
measures to modernise the Disabled Students Allowances.
The view of the NNAC's membership is that:
All disabled students should be entitled to an objective and personalised assessment of their needs to identify appropriate, targeted support that will enable them to achieve their potential and improve their employability.
The assessment should be undertaken by a registered assessor who is skilled, experienced and holds (or is working towards) a recognised assessor qualification, working independently of the delivery of support, and through a registered assessment centre.
We believe quality assurance and cost effectiveness can be facilitated through improved and consistent assessor practice. NNAC has committed to the development of assessor training/observation and working in partnership with key stakeholder organisations and individuals to set up and support regional and national validation panels and other quality-related activity to encourage best practice by practitioners.
NNAC supports the operation of a robust and transparent auditing process and principles of efficiency, economy, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness in all aspects of the support of disabled students and is committed to continue working in collaboration and partnership with BIS and other key stakeholders.