The awarding bodies have designed Wednesday 26 June 2019 as a ‘contingency day’ for examinations. This is consistent with the qualification regulators’ document Exam system contingency plan: England, Wales and Northern Ireland – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/exam-system-contingency-plan-england-wales-and-northern-ireland

The designation of a ‘contingency day’ within the common examination timetable is in the event of national or local disruption to examinations. It is part of the awarding bodies’ standard contingency planning for examinations.

Centres must therefore remind candidates that they must remain available until Wednesday 26 June 2019 should an awarding body need to invoke its contingency plan.

Information regarding examination dispensation for GCSE, AS and A level candidates

Referral:Students can be referred for testing for exam dispensation by:

Teaching staff
Heads of Year
Heads of Department
SEN staff
Parents/Carers.

Testing:
Tests are recommended by the examining boards. They include;
Reading accuracy and speed – single word
Reading Comprehension – speed and accuracy
Sentence completion – speed, accuracy, legibility
Spelling

They are usually taken at the end of Year 9 or the start of Year 10. The results are valid for the next 2 year period.

Scripts are marked and converted into Standard Age Scores. These are entered onto a form, along with any extra help or history of previous need, Psychological/physical assessments and or reports and are uploaded to the examining body who assesses them and returns as accepted or declined.

Shelf Life:
Tests, and subsequent exam dispensation are valid for 2 years. When entering the 6th form, students who have had exam dispensation will need to be retested, as will those who go to college for FE.