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Access Arrangements – Information for students and parents

Access Arrangements are ‘reasonable adjustments’ for students who have a disability or a special educational need that significantly affects them in exams.

Access arrangements:

  • Do not change the skills or knowledge being tested
  • Must not give an unfair advantage.
  • Do give a level playing field so students can show their knowledge

There are a variety of access arrangements that can be provided, including:

  • Support in reading (e.g. a reader or computer reader)
  • Support in writing (e.g. a scribe, a word processor)
  • Support working to time (e.g. 25% extra time, rest breaks)

Any arrangements that are used in exams are based on the normal way of working in the classroom and in tests and exams. Whenever possible, access arrangements that enable a student to work independently are encouraged.

Evidence is needed for some access arrangements and these need to be applied for and approved before they can be used in external exams. This sometimes means that testing needs to be carried out. Testing takes place at Toot Hill School. Strict rules must be followed so that the test scores can be used as evidence for access arrangements.

Please note: Assessments that have been carried out without prior contact with Toot Hill School cannot be used for access arrangements.

We will always seek to work with students and parents to ensure the most appropriate outcomes for all students.

Please contact Elzbieta Bowry if you have any concerns and I will be happy to advise.