Access Arrangements for examinations: Keeping up-to-date
DYT have written about access arrangements before in relation to what might be available to a dyslexic learner, how students are identified, and what parents can do to support the process.
Specialist Assessors and CPD
- A reminder that the purpose of access arrangements is to level the playing field, not to give candidates an unfair advantage. Schools must ensure that arrangements are justified to create equality of opportunity.
- The number of applications each year is rising, demonstrating that schools are now more aware of the importance of using access arrangements to secure good educational outcomes for candidates.
- Scrutiny of access arrangements’ applications and procedures is becoming increasingly rigorous. The number of inspectors is growing and schools can expect a knock on their door any time after the new February deadline.
It is worth remembering that you need to consider access arrangements for learners throughout their school life, giving them a level playing field, especially in tests and exams that lead to setting. They need to be able to show you what they know, not just how well they can read and write. This practice will ensure that you have the necessary evidence of their ‘usual way of working’ that is referred to in the regulations.
Key changes 2016-17
The majority of the session concentrated on the key changes for 2016-17. For a summary of these changes, please read our ‘Access Arrangements Regulations: Changes for 2016-17’͛ document which can be accessed here.
- November 2016 series
- January 2017 series
- May/June 2017 series