What examination adjustments should be allowed?

If a child is blind or partially sighted, it is important that they are given suitable access arrangements to enable them to show their true ability in tests and exams.

A variety of access arrangements are available for National Curriculum tests (SATs) and GCSE exams, and national exams in Scotland and Northern Ireland. These include modified exam papers in large print or braille, extra time, writing your answers using ICT (such as a laptop or electronic brailler) and using human support such as a reader or scribe. A particular arrangement is not allowed if it might change what is being assessed or make the exam easier. It is important to make sure that access arrangements match a child’s normal way of working so they are not expected to take their exams using unfamiliar methods. This means that schools need to plan well ahead so they know which arrangements will be available in exams and can arrange their teaching accordingly.

Read our information on access to exams and tests.

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