Exam accommodations for Autistic Students
GCSEs are a stressful and difficult for most students. Autistic students may face additional challenges, such as sensory overload and unclear or ambiguous questions and instructions.
Having recognised these challenges, the DfE commissioned the Autism Education Trust (AET) to develop guidance around accommodation to help teachers and exam officers support autistic students to demonstrate fully their knowledge and skills in qualifications. The guide was written specifically to support autistic students being entered for GCSEs, but the principles and good practice examples can be applied to all public examinations. The guide includes tips on:
The availability of access arrangements
The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) publishes requirements for the most common access arrangements for GCSEs etc. Access arrangements include reasonable adjustments that are needed to make exams accessible for candidates who have disabilities. A reasonable adjustment may be unique to that individual and may not be included in the JCQ’s list of available access arrangements.
Preparing the student
In order to prepare autistic students for taking exams, teachers should be familiar with the exam content and formatting so that they can provide individualised guidance and support. It is good practice to make use of any available previous papers and practice material.
Tool - 30 Aug 2019 Silver AND Gold Member Only
A useful tool for silver and gold members in the EYFS, primary, secondary and post-16 settings. This resource is designed to help teachers work their way through the graduated approach for those pupils that haven’t necessarily yet been identified with SEN but for whom there are initial concerns.
Information - 29 Aug 2019 Silver AND Gold Member Only
Available to silver and gold members, this information based resource will be suitable for SENCos and leaders in Early Years settings, Schools and Colleges. The resource can be effectively used as part of the self review and improvement process, key benefits of this resources is to gain a concise overview of the Education Inspection Framework and implications of practice.
Tool - 29 Aug 2019 Silver AND Gold Member Only
Available to silver and gold members, this useful person centred working tool is suitable for those supporting pupils in Early Years, Primary, Secondary and post 16 settings. The resource can be used to outline a pupil’s key strengths, needs and the strategies and key adjustments to teaching that are needed every day. It can provide a useful vehicle for meaningful discussion around learning between the teacher and the pupil, involving them positively in discussing effective approaches to enable better engagement. Working in a person-centred way (across the whole setting), including the use of person-centred tools, is essential for not only populating the passport but also for getting the most from using it.