Exams and access arrangements (deaf learners)

with BATOD

Presented on Tuesday, 21st September 2021


Are you responsible for access arrangements in exams for deaf pupils?

Do you need a refresher on the topic?

Are you new to the topic and want to find out more?

BATOD and the Scottish Sensory Centre (SSC) jointly produced this webinar in September on the topic of access arrangements for deaf pupils taking examinations.

It included an overview of some key access arrangements and their implications for practice across the four nations of the UK.

There were presentations, Q&A sessions, breakout groups and a panel at the end.

Target Audience

Teachers of the Deaf responsible for or interested in access arrangements and for those new to the topic, class teachers, SENDCos, exam officers, CSWs, support officers, college staff and others.


David Couch, Qualified Teacher of the Deaf & Educational Audiologist, previously Head of Service for Children with Sensory needs, East Sussex and Head of Hamilton Lodge School for the Deaf.

Ruth Lawton, Qualified Teacher of the Deaf, Telford and Wrekin. Currently Ruth is a Peripatetic Teacher of the Deaf working across the age range 0-25 and is responsible within her service for keeping the team informed about exam access arrangements.

Nicky Weightman is a qualified teacher of the Deaf, recently retired with almost 30 years experience in deaf education, from teaching in TC Units and Resource Bases to Advisory and peripatetic positions.

Andy Owen, BSL/English interpreter/Senior CSW in FE (Breakout Lead)

Tommy Donnelly, Senior Depute Headteacher, St Roch’s Secondary School, Glasgow (Breakout Lead)