Special Considerations and Reasonable Adjustments

Special considerations and reasonable adjustments 

A reasonable adjustment is any action that helps to reduce the effect of a disability or difficulty that places the learner at a substantial disadvantage during an assessment.

Reasonable adjustments may involve:

  • changing usual assessment arrangements, for example allowing a learner extra time to complete the assessment activity
  • adapting assessment materials, such as providing materials in Braille
  • providing assistance during assessment, such as a sign language interpreter or a reader
  • re-organising the assessment room, such as removing visual stimuli for an autistic learner
  • providing and allowing different coloured transparencies.

Reasonable adjustments are approved or set in place by an awarding organisation before the assessment activity takes place; they constitute an arrangement to give the learner access to the assessment.


Published by Daniel Parrott (Director), last updated 20th February 2023

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