An Access Arrangements Assessment is appropriate when specific assessment is required to determine access arrangements for exams. This assessment is tailored to the particular access arrangement(s) being sought by the school and the child’s general ability is not usually assessed. No formal diagnosis of SpLD can be given, as full diagnostic testing will not have been carried out. The session will last approximately 1½ - 2 hours.
It is vital that the school are involved in this process, as per the current legislation and requirements from the Joint Council of Qualifications (JCQ). The JCQ require that the process of determining access arrangements is carried out in a collaborative manner between the school and specialist assessor. Any access arrangements should reflect your child’s history of need (as documented by the school) and normal way of working in school. In view of this, it is essential that a School Questionnaire is completed along with the Family Questionnaire, in order to obtain these details about your child. If you choose not to involve the school in this process, it may jeopardise the usefulness and effectiveness of the report and any access arrangements that the child may be eligible for.
The specialist assessor may highlight and advise upon any relevant and appropriate access arrangements, however, it is the school’s sole responsibility to decide what access arrangements to apply for and to make the application to the awarding body, if required.
Please note that criteria for access arrangements in exams is evidence-based and must meet the JCQ criteria; having an assessment is no guarantee that evidence for access arrangements will be found.
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