Crosfields will continue to support children with Specific Learning Difficulties in our Learning Empowerment Hub. Although children are expected to select one Modern Foreign Language for their GCSEs we may decide that this is not appropriate and reduce the number of core GCSEs taken. Language lessons may be replaced with Study Skills lessons to enhance skills such as revision techniques, note-taking, comprehension and touch typing.
These allow candidates with specific needs, such as special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to access the assessment and show what they know and can do without changing the demands of the assessment. The intention behind an access arrangement is to meet the particular needs of an individual candidate without affecting the integrity of the assessment. Access arrangements are the principal way in which awarding bodies comply with the duty under the Equality Act 2010 to make ‘reasonable adjustments’.
Access arrangements can be agreed through an assessment report prior to exams in either Year 9 or 10. It is usual to process this before the start of the course.
There are many types of Access Arrangements. Where pupils have historic and established ways of working within the school/examination centre, which is documented and evidenced, then an assessment report may not be required.
The Equality Act 2010 requires the awarding body to make reasonable adjustments where a person with a disability would be at a substantial disadvantage in undertaking an assessment. The awarding body is required to take reasonable steps to overcome that disadvantage. A reasonable adjustment for a particular person may be unique to that individual.