Numbers given extra exam time soaring

The variety of pupils in England given 25% further time in GCSEs and A-level exams due to a particular want has virtually doubled over 5 years.

There have been warnings about colleges gaming the system – however the newest figures present the numbers getting allowances in exams persevering with to rise.

The examination watchdog, Ofqual, says it’s going to contact colleges with unusually excessive ranges of pupils receiving further time.

Examination boards say they’ve “strong procedures” in place.

They’ve tightened rules and require proof of pupils’ want.

Ofqual figures present 223,000 candidates got 25% further time to take a seat examination papers in 2016-17, up by:

  • eight% on 2015-16
  • 36% on 2013-14

In complete, greater than 390,000 examination candidates got further allowances due to bodily, social, psychological or emotional wants.

There was a rise in pupils needing modifications to their examination papers – equivalent to utilizing completely different colored paper.

However the variety of college students utilizing examination papers in Braille fell to 1,130.

Ofqual mentioned it was truthful for pupils with disabilities to obtain a “cheap adjustment” when taking exams however some colleges had been more likely to have excessive numbers of pupils receiving further assist and if there have been no “apparent good causes” it will now ask them to “evaluation their method”.

However it will additionally contact colleges the place unusually few pupils acquired further assist, in case there have been candidates lacking out.

A report earlier this yr instructed independent schools were disproportionately likely to have pupils receiving extra time in exams, however the Ofqual figures shouldn’t have a breakdown of state and personal colleges.

A spokesman for the Joint Council for , representing examination boards, mentioned there have been “strong procedures in place to make sure solely these candidates who’re eligible for entry preparations obtain them” and colleges had been inspected to make sure functions for further time had been “supported by the required proof”.

Revealed at Fri, 01 Dec 2017 03:42:03 +000zero