Statement put together by VIEW, RNIB, NDCS, and BATOD.
The Department of Education and Ofqual are currently consulting on arrangements for 2021 exams.
Ofqual guidance for the 2020 series of exams recommended that a Qualified Teacher of children with Vision Impairment (QTVI) should be involved in the arrangements and decision making for centre/teacher-assessed grades.
While we are still waiting for details of how grades will be decided in 2021, we will be advocating strongly that QTVIs have a key role to play in helping to ensure that any assessments fairly reflect the abilities of children with VI and that necessary access arrangements are in place if previous assessments are to be used. We encourage QTVIs to liaise closely with exam centres for pupils on caseload who are affected.
The following statement outlines a set of recommendations that we believe need to be implemented to ensure that learners with sensory impairment are not disadvantaged by the arrangements being put in place for the grading of general and vocational qualifications this summer.
The statement has been sent to Ofqual and other interested parties.
There is a slightly adapted version for Northern Ireland.
- Joint statement on alternative assessment arrangements for summer 2021 – England (PDF, 274KB)
- Joint statement on alternative assessment arrangements for summer 2021 – Northern Ireland (PDF, 278KB)