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Joint Council for Qualifications and Special Arrangements for Public Exams

Special Arrangements for Public Exams: notes for parents of teenagers with ADHD

In the UK, teenagers with disabilities may need special arrangements for them to be able to take public examinations without being disadvantaged by their disability. The exams that are relevant for most people are GCSE and A Levels, or Intermediates and Highers in Scotland. For England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the framework for these arrangements is administered by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) in London. In Scotland it is by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). There are differences between these two but they are relatively minor. For information on what these arrangments might be and how to obtain them for young people with ADHD, click here.

In 2014, UKAP wrote to the Joint Council for Qualifications regarding their guidance on access arrangements and reasonable adjustment for young people with disabilities. Please click here to download the UKAP position and recommendations.  Please click here to download the poisitive response from the JCQ.

The Joint Council for Qualifications publication 'Adjustments for Candidates with Disabilities and Learning Difficulties: Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments' can be obtained here and this document sets out the regulations and guidance for educational centres (including what arrangements are available) and the process of application.