Runshaw College

Assistive technology to support curriculum accessibility


Runshaw College


This project focused on developing the skills of staff to use assistive technology software in their everyday practice and in exam settings. The aim was to increase accessibility to the curriculum for students who struggled to read standard print, and to foster greater student independence by removing the need for human readers in examinations. A web and mobile ‘app’ aggregates all of the videos, case studies and resources used during the project into one simple-to-access package.

Read the final report to see how computer readers provide a cost-effective and scaleable solution to supporting students, particularly in exams.

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  • Address accessibility issues for students for whom reading standard print is a barrier to learning;
  • Develop the technology skills to use text-to-speech software;
  • Provide students with tools they can use to support independent reading in lessons and exams, and then take with them into higher education or the workplace;
  • Implement a cost-effective solution to providing reasonable adjustments and meeting the support needs of students in lessons and exams.

“The project has enabled me to contribute to my students’ progress more effectively. My practice has improved as it has allowed me to work more effectively with my students and it has made me feel that I can offer them solutions to their literacy difficulties.”

SH, Project Pilot tutor


Runshaw_ComputerReaderRoadmapHave a look at this Computer Reader Roadmap poster that clearly outlines all of the steps and stakeholders involved in preparing to use computer reader software in exams.


The Talking Technology ‘app’ is available in web and mobile formats. It includes an overview of the project (including case studies, resource guides, tips and videos); interviews with the stakeholders involved in implementation; and the resources needed to get started in your own organisation.

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Richard Maclachlan
Runshaw College
Assistive Technologist

Helen Curtis
Head of Professional Studies and the Teaching School