Examination Board rules concerning Access Arrangements is reviewed annually by JCQ and guidance is given to schools. Pupils in examination cohorts whose particulars necessitate support in Public Examinations are to be assessed in order to find what type of support is required. This can be extra time, use of reader/scribe, and use of foreign language dictionaries for EAL students.
At the start of the academic year the school will be informed of the need to identify youngsters who may require special support. This information can be gathered by:
- Past knowledge of youngsters e.g. for a Year 11 pupil from their Year 10 performances; or IEP.
- Outsiders joining a year group bringing documentation, e.g. up to date IEP and SATs scores.
- Continual poor performance over current year.
- For sixth-formers, Progress Co-ordinators for Years 12 and 13 and the SENCO liaise with new students’ previous schools for easy transition.
Once the need is identified for a student, a referral will then be made by SENCO with a letter sent to parents, copied to the Progress Coordinator to make an assessment appointment with the SENCO. SENCO is a “suitably qualified person” under JCQ regulations to carry out testing acceptable for Exam Boards (sessions need about 2 hours). Below are suggested dates in the calendar for students of year groups to take assessments.
- Years 7/8 – All the year will take NFER reading and spelling tests to judge their literacy ages in September.
- Year 9 – Before March for End of Key Stage Exams
- Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 before January for GCSE, AS and A2 examinations.
On completion of the report SENCO will discuss matters with the Exams Officer, SLT and Progress Coordinator to decide about exam support. After this a meeting will take place with the parents, pupil and SENCO to discuss the report and any necessary actions the school can make, including extra help at exams. SENCO will keep a summary of the meeting and continue to monitor the pupil’s progress and need.
Next review October 2020