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Are there special arrangements for children with Special Educational Needs?

The way in which the tests are constructed means that their validity requires all candidates to be treated in as nearly an identical manner as possible.

However the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 requires schools to take reasonable steps to ensure that disabled pupils are not placed at a substantial disadvantage. Any special arrangements, made after consultation with the child's Primary School, will mirror the level of support normally given in classroom situations.

Some examples of special arrangements are large-print tests for visually impaired pupils, an amanuensis for pupils with writing difficulty and extra time for pupils with a statement of special educational needs that indicates this is necessary. It is important to declare any special educational needs when completing the registration forms.

Is it possible for my child to take the test a year early?

It is possible but in practice this happens rarely and only after consultation involving the Educational Psychologist and the Gifted and Talented Unit.

Is it possible to take the tests late (i.e. after the date when Local Authority preference forms have to be submitted)?

Yes. This happens, for example, when families have just moved into the area. It is necessary to ensure that the Local Authority Admissions team is fully aware of your circumstances.