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At WinA Tutorial College, we are always ready to support students with learning needs attain their maximum potential irrespective of the challenges faced in or out of the classroom.
Access Arrangements allow candidates/learners with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to access the assessment without changing the demands of the assessment. For example, readers, scribes and Braille question papers. In this way Awarding Bodies will comply with the duty of the Equality Act 2010 to make ‘reasonable adjustments’.
Access arrangements are approved before an examination or assessment and they allow candidates/learners with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to access the assessment.
Special needs could include:
The Equality Act 2010 requires an Awarding Body to make reasonable adjustments where a disabled person would be at a substantial disadvantage in undertaking an assessment.
A reasonable adjustment for a particular person may be unique to that individual and may not be included in the list of available Access Arrangements.
How reasonable the adjustment is will depend on a number of factors including the needs of the disabled candidate/learner. An adjustment may not be considered reasonable if it involves unreasonable costs, timeframes or affects the security or integrity of the assessment.
There is no duty on the Awarding Bodies to make any adjustment to the assessment objectives being tested in an assessment.
Special Consideration is a post examination adjustment to a candidate’s mark or grade to reflect temporary injury, illness or other indisposition at the time of the examination/assessment.
For existing access arrangements:
When filling out a registration form, please remember to upload all the supporting evidence along with your existing access arrangement award.
Applications must be submitted for processing 6 weeks before the first deadline and approved before an examination or assessment, no later than the published deadline as above.
For new access arrangements:
New access arrangement can be made only for students registered at the centre for a minimum of one academic year as this would enable us determine your normal way of working.
During this time, you wil be referred to our specialist assessor for the relevant testing. The result of the test(s) will confirm the need for access arrangements.
Late applications on account of a temporary injury or impairment, or a diagnosis of a disability or manifestation of an impairment relating to an existing disability arising after the published deadline are permissible
Please note core evidence required for processing of an access arrangement.
As a private centre, we charge a fee for access arrangements depending on the type required.
For private candidates, this would normally be invoiced separately in addition to any testing costs.
As a student, you will be required to pay for the costs of testing only. You will not be invoiced for access arrangements
Private Candidates for External assessment/exams will be required to submit the following evidence of need from their schools learning centres or SENCOs:
Evidence of need should be supported by:
• a letter/report from CAMHS, a HCPC registered psychologist, a medical consultant, a psychiatrist, a Speech and Language Therapist (SaLT); or
• a letter/report from the Local Authority Specialist Service, Local Authority Sensory Impairment Service or Occupational Health Service†; or
• a current EHCP or a Statement of special educational needs (Northern Ireland) or an Individual Development Plan (Wales), which confirms the candidate’s learning difficulty, medical condition, physical disability, sensory or multi- sensory impairment.
• a fully completed Form 8 with an assessment (Part 2 of Form 8) carried out no earlier than the start of Year 9 by an assessor confirming a learning difficulty relating to secondary / further education (Form 8 must be supplemented by a detailed picture of need.)