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SQA Assessment and Exam Arrangements for Candidates with a VI


Cobb, Rory & Webb, Vernon
Well prepared: making exam papers work for learners with sight problems (2nd ed)
RNIB, 2010
ISBN 9781444500752
Guidance for teachers who modify examinations for candidates with visual impairment. Examples of modifications to exam papers are restricted to large print, however similar principles would apply to other formats, such as Braille.

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)
Assessment arrangements explained: information for centres
Scottish Qualifications Authority, 2010
Assessment arrangements allowed by SQA are explained in this document. (Revised 2016)


Clamp, Sue
Producing mathematics GCSE examination papers in large print and Braille
Spring 2005, No 43, p11-14
Adapting mathematics examination papers for children who require large print, modified large print and Braille.

Cobb, Rory
Access to exams: teachers, are you ready?
Sep/Oct 2010, No 29, p27-28
At the start of a new academic year the RNIB's curriculum access expert Rory Cobb examines the main policies and practices for exam arrangements.

Grewcock, Sue
Functionality for functional skills
July/August 2011, No 34, p26-28
Toolkit for assessing functional skills in English and Maths has been developed for visually impaired pupils.

Most, Tova & Aviner, Chen
Auditory, visual, and auditory–visual perception of emotions by individuals with cochlear implants, hearing aids, and normal hearing
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
Fall 2009, Vol 14 (4), p449-464
Looks at how a cochlear implant can benefit children in terms of emotional perception (ability to identify happiness, anger, surprise, sadness, fear etc.)

Steer, Michael; Gale, Gillian; Gentle, Frances
Taxonomy of assessment accommodations for students with vision impairments in Australian schools
British Journal of Visual Impairment
May 2007, Vol 25 (2), p169-177
Outlines the provision of adjustments to examinations and assessments for students with visual impairments in Australia.

Zimmermann, Sally
Taking music examinations
Nov/Dec 2008, No 18, p17
Offers advice on preparing visually impaired candidates for music exams.


Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)
Assessment arrangements
Scottish Qualifications Authority, 2015
Assessment arrangements allow candidates who are disabled, and/or have been identified as having additional support needs, appropriate arrangements to access the assessment without compromising its integrity. Website to SQA guidance.