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Update on Access Arrangements for learners of English as an Additional Language (EAL)

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) has recently released updated access regulations with effect from the 1 September 2013 to 31 August 2014. Within these regulations, there are some key changes for students for whom English is an Additional Language (EAL).

As a summary, the regulations stipulate:

  • Bilingual dictionaries can be used by candidates in exams if necessary (there are stipulations however as to the types of translators permitted). [1]
  • Candidates who are allowed to use bilingual translation dictionaries may also be entitled to up to 25% extra time if they have been resident in the UK for less than two years at the time of the examination [2] and having extra time reflects how the candidate would normally work [3].
  • Some candidates will not be entitled to extra time for using a bilingual dictionary if they fulfil one of the exceptions to the rule, including if either (or both) parents/carers are fluent in English [4].
  • Dictionaries must not be used in particular subjects including English/English Language examinations [5].

Modified language papers

Centres are also able to order modified language papers for students who have ‘persistent and significant difficulties when accessing and processing information’ [6]. The centre must make sure that an application is made in advance, bearing in mind the final deadlines for making an application (deadlines can be found in the full guidance) [7]. It is down to individual centres to determine if a candidate for whom English is an Additional Language would benefit from the use of a modified language paper but it is likely that those candidates learning English as an Additional Language would find this helpful.

Read the full document from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ)

References

[1] ‘Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments’ (with effect from 1st September 2013 to the 31 August 2014), Joint Council for Qualifications, section 5.18.2, page 73

[2] ‘Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments’ (with effect from 1st September 2013 to the 31 August 2014), Joint Council for Qualifications, section 5.18.5, page 74

[3] ‘Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments’ (with effect from 1st September 2013 to the 31 August 2014), Joint Council for Qualifications, section 4.2.5, page 17

[4] ‘Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments’ (with effect from 1st September 2013 to the 31 August 2014), Joint Council for Qualifications, section 5.18.9, page 74

[5] ‘Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments’ (with effect from 1st September 2013 to the 31 August 2014), Joint Council for Qualifications, section 5.18.1, page 73

[6] ‘Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments’ (with effect from 1st September 2013 to the 31 August 2014), Joint Council for Qualifications, section 6.6.1, page 79

[7] ‘Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments’ (with effect from 1st September 2013 to the 31 August 2014), Joint Council for Qualifications, section 6.9, page 80

 

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