Exam Support

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND): Exam Support

This page explains what special arrangements can be made in school for support during GCSE and other examinations for students with special educational needs.

Special exam arrangements include such things as taking exams in a separate room from others, having extra time, supervised rest breaks, time prompts, use of a reader or a scribe, use of laptops, colour filter overlays and so on.

Special exam arrangements are also called ‘Access Arrangements’ because they allow students with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to access the assessment without changing the demands of the assessment. They are in no way offered to give anyone an unfair advantage. The school and awarding bodies (exam boards) comply with the duty under the Equality Act 2010 to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ for students. It is important to note that to be eligible for any of these special arrangements there must be evidence of need (such as being within the specified scoring criteria and/ or having a medical or educational psychologist’s or other recognised professional’s report) and, in the case of use of a laptop for example, this must also be the student’s normal way of working in school.

It is most important that parents, carers and students let us know as soon as possible after arriving at Chesterton if there may be any requirement for special exam arrangements. Please do not leave it until Year 9.

The member of staff with responsibility for access arrangements is our Exams Officer, Nicola von Schreiber.

Please follow this link to the Joint Council for Qualifications information about special exam arrangements: http://www.jcq.org.uk/exams-office/access-arrangements-and-special-consideration and click here to read our procedures for Assessing for Access to Exams.