Exam Access Arrangements allow exam candidates to show what they know, understand and can do without changing the demands of the assessment. They are granted by the awarding bodies to comply with the duty under the Equality Act 2010 to make reasonable adjustments for students who are eligible. There are various arrangements that can be put in place, all of which have the intention of providing equal opportunity to access GCSEs, Btec exams and A levels.
The rationale behind the application is that a need is identified and that the arrangement is a student’s normal way of working in the classroom. As part of the procedure, students trial the access arrangements and the school gathers the evidence from teachers of the student’s normal way of working. The school may need to provide evidence of this to the JCQ.