Access Arrangements, Reasonable adjustments and Special Consideration
In the exam period circumstances may impact on the ability of a candidate to prepare for and perform in an examination / set of examinations.
The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) awarding bodies and the Federation of Awarding bodies (FAB) have agreed the following definitions in relation to Access Arrangements, Reasonable adjustments and Special Consideration:
Access arrangements are agreed before an assessment. They allow candidates with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to have access to the assessment.
Access arrangements allow candidates to show what they know and can do without changing the demands of the assessment - for example, by providing a reader.
The intention behind many access arrangements is to meet the particular needs of an individual disabled candidate without affecting the integrity of the assessment.
The Equality Act 2010 requires an awarding body to make reasonable adjustments where a candidate, who is disabled within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010, would be at a substantial disadvantage in comparison to someone who is not disabled. The awarding body is required to take reasonable steps to overcome that disadvantage. An example would be Braille paper which would be a reasonable adjustment for a visually impaired person who can read Braille.
This will need to be agreed before the assessment.
Special Consideration is an adjustment to a candidate’s mark or grade to reflect temporary illness, injury or other indisposition at the time of the assessment.
Arrangements for Access Arrangements, Reasonable adjustments and Special Consideration in Friends’ School Lisburn.
Friends’ School follows the advice given by the JCQ in relation to Access Arrangements, Reasonable adjustments and Special Consideration.
In Friends’ School the following members of staff are responsible for Access Arrangements, Reasonable adjustments and Special Consideration:
- Mrs Kirkpatrick – Exams Officer
- Mrs Waring – Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO).
- Mr McKinley - Teacher in Charge of Access Arrangements, Reasonable adjustments and Special Consideration.
If a Candidate is affected by any of the criteria listed in JCQ definitions on Access Arrangements, Reasonable adjustments and Special Consideration they must:
- Contact the school / teacher responsible at the earliest opportunity to make the appropriate arrangement.
- A parent / guardian should provide a cover note to outline, in detail, the nature of the issue and how it has affected the candidate.
- If the issue is medically related it is essential that there is a signed declaration from the Doctor on headed paper outlining how the candidate may potentially be disadvantaged unless an appropriate arrangement is made. It is highly advisable that this evidence should be provided before the exam commences.
- Candidates must sign the Data Protection form before any application is made. (see below)
- In relation to Access Arrangements and Reasonable adjustments it is generally best practice for these to be made prior to the examination period. (There may be certain circumstances where these adjustments can be made during the examination period – please consult the appropriate member of staff).
- In relation to Special Circumstances all information needs to be processed and returned to the examination body within one week of the examination.