SQA Special Assessment Arrangements for Sensory Impaired Pupils
Presented on Wednesday 26 June 2013
- Specification 1 - Course Assessment
- Specification 2 - Set Question Papers
- Specification 3 - Literacy Units
- Specification 4 - Modern Languages & Gaelic Learners
- Specification 5 - British Sign Language
- Specification 6 - Communication Units
What are your concerns?
SQA required to make reasonable adjustments for disabled candidates to remove the effects of a "substantial disadvantage" in an assessment.
A reasonable adjustment may be unique to the individual candidate and may not be a commonly requested assessment arrangement.
"Reasonableness" depends on the needs of the disabled candidate.
An adjustment might not be reasonable if it affects the security of the assessment or affects the competence or ability being assessed.
Legislation also gives SQA a regulatory power to specify and publish where reasonable adjustments to National Qualifications should not be made.
SQA has consulted on its proposals to exercise this power.
SQA has published these: www.sqa.org.uk/equalityact.
In making the specifications, SQA has taken account of the need to:
- minimise the extent to which disabled candidates are disadvantaged in attaining the qualification because of their disabilities
- secure that the qualification gives a reliable indication of the knowledge, skills and understanding of the candidate
- maintain public confidence in the qualification