Access Arrangements

Exam Access Arrangements (EEA) are put in place to ensure a ‘level playing field’ for all students – they are there to remove barriers to learning and access put there by a long term (12months +) disability as defined in the 2010 Disability Act. They are not there to add knowledge or give an advantage or for academically weak students or students with poor exam technique.

Students with a medically diagnosed condition (ASD, dyspraxia, visual impairment) for which we have the formal diagnosis paperwork OR Students who have been identified as having slow processing by teachers and have been tested by the SEN team or external assessor (Year 10 – 13).

If a student is eligible they will have the arrangements in all internal tests and exams. We will notify parents of the exam access arrangements for the academic year, by letter in the Autumn Term. Exam Access Arrangements are also noted on student reports.

Exam Board delegated:

· Extra time (25%, 50%…)

· Reader

· Scribe

· Enlarged papers

Centre (school) delegated:

· Rest breaks

· Word processor

· Read aloud

· Own room

· Reader pen

· Prompt

· Practical assistant

All exam board delegated arrangements can only be given once a student has been tested in school. When your daughter moves from Year 9 to 10 and has extra time, a reader, or a scribe for learning needs, then she will have been tested by our external assessor to validate her arrangements. We will contact you separately only if this changes the arrangements. Please see the attached policy for awarding and procedures for administering Exam Access Arrangements

The practical application of these arrangements are detailed below:

Access Arrangement Application in exams/ assessments
25% extra time Student will have 25% of the time given for the examination added to the end of their exam. For internal exams assessments they are asked to change the colour of their writing pen so that we can monitor their use of this provision.
Rest/movement Breaks Rest breaks are most commonly awarded for 10 minutes per hour of an exam. As students are concentrating and managing their own time during exams we allow students to determine when they take this break. Therefore they must raise their hand to speak to an invigilator if they wish to take a break. This can be either at their desk, in which case the paper will be closed by the invigilator, or outside the exam room/ hall. The provision of these breaks is personal to the student’s condition and the invigilators will know their requirements. The length of the break will be supervised and noted and this time added to the end of the exam. Students who receive breaks will be spoken to about their individual arrangement.
Prompt Invigilators are aware of students who have a prompt. They will be sat at the front of the exam hall. The invigilator will approach a student if they appear to have stopped writing or are not focusing. They will tap the desk and may say, ‘That is fine’. Again this is dependent on individual student needs.
Separate room Students will be in a small room with up to 4/5 other students. An invigilator will be present.
Own room Students will be in a room of their own with an invigilator present.
Computer Reader Student will be in a small room with an computer that will read the examination questions on demand.
Scribe Student will be in their own room with an invigilator who will write down exactly what the student dictates as the answer to the questions. The student needs to punctuate and spell subject specific words.
Practical assistant Student will have an invigilator who will be permitted to hold equipment steady for a students. They will not be able to do anything that adds to the assessment objectives.
Colour overlays/ reading rulers Students will be permitted to use a coloured overlay to assist with reading the exam paper. They must bring the overlay that has been provided for them to the exam.
Modified (enlarged) papers Student has a paper that has been enlarged by the exam board due to a visual impairment.
Seating (at front/ back) Student will be sat in a particular area of the exam hall for specific reasons.
Laptop Student is permitted to use a laptop to write their exams. This is only if a student uses a laptop in class as their normal way of working. The laptop will be provided by the exams department.
Read aloud Student will be in their own room and is permitted to read the questions and their answers out loud to themselves.

Mr Jack Worton

Assistant Headteacher (KS4 and SENCo)