If your child has special educational needs they may be able to have extra support when sitting tests and exams. This includes SATS, GCSEs and A Levels.

This extra support is sometimes called Access Arrangements. It is different to Special Consideration which is when something unexpected happens that affects a child on the day of an exam such as a temporary illness, injury or a family event.

Access Arrangements are about making reasonable adjustments to exam conditions so that the child or young person is not at a disadvantage compared with others. The rules are different depending on the type of exam. The extra support aims to meet the needs of a child without affecting the value of the exam.

Find out more about exam support on the SENDIASS Southend website.