REASONABLE ADJUSTMENT POLICY
Reasonable Adjustment Policy
RNC Training Equal Opportunities Policy guarantees a fair assessment for all candidates; it is permissible, when necessary, to make reasonable adjustments for candidates with particular requirements to enable them to access fair assessment and demonstrate attainment.
Any reasonable adjustments made:
· Must not invalidate the assessment requirements set out in the specification for the relevant qualification.
· Must reflect the current needs of the individual candidate and, as far as is reasonably possible, his/her usual method of working.
· Must not give the candidate an unfair advantage compared to candidates for whom reasonable adjustments are not being made.
· Must maintain the relevance, reliability and comparability of the assessment.
All approved reasonable adjustments will be monitored and reported to the Compliance Manager for evaluation.
Procedures for Requesting Reasonable Adjustments
Reasonable adjustments may cover the entire course and not just the examination, they should be applied for prior to starting the course; if it is adjustment to an examination paper a minimum of 14 days notice is required. Arrangements for any adjustments must be approved by the appropriate awarding body.
Standard adjustment procedures that may be requested are:
1. Modified Enlarged Examination Papers – for candidates with visual impairment that an enlarged paper would allow them access to a fair assessment (14 days notice required).
2. Examination Time Extension – extra time is not permitted in practical skills performance. An allowance of up to 25% extra time is permissible for examination papers if the candidate has learning difficulties supported by an official assessment/report indicating that there is evidence of need.
3. Use of a Reader – for candidates with visual impairment, candidates whose reading skills have been tested and technically defined as below average or candidates where English is their second language. The reader is a responsible adult who reads the questions to the candidate and must not be the course tutor, relative, friend or peer of the candidate. The reader must only read the question paper instructions and the questions, but must not explain or clarify; they may, if requested, repeat instructions, read back what has been written, give the spelling of a word on the paper.
4. Use of a Scribe – for candidates who cannot write legibly due to learning difficulties such as dyspraxia. The scribe is a responsible adult who writes down a candidate’s dictated answers to the questions and must not be the course tutor, relative, friend or peer of the candidate. The use of computer software that produces a hard copy of the candidate’s dictated speech is permissible as a scribe.
5. Use of a Sign Interpreter – for candidates who’s normal way of communication is by sign language. The Sign Language Interpreter is a responsible adult who is proficient in the use of the candidate’s sign language and must not be the course tutor, relative, friend or peer of the candidate. The Interpreter must only sign the question paper instructions and the questions, finger spelling technical terms; but they must not explain or clarify; they may, if requested, repeat instructions. Candidates may only be permitted to sign their answers in coursework and MCQ exams where the answers involve single words.
6. Use of earplugs and/or nose clip – for candidates who have a temporary medical condition such as ‘Swimmers Ear’ that requires keeping the ear canal dry, or a nasal problem such as ‘Sinusitis’ that requires avoiding water from entering the sinuses, a supporting letter is required from a doctor requesting the need for the use of earplugs and/or nose clips.
7. Use of Swimming Goggles – the wearing of swimming goggles is not recommended when rescue training, as there is a possibility of injury from physical contact. If using goggles for fitness training, remember they are designed for surface swimming only, deep dives will cause pressure on the eyes. For candidates with allergies to chemicals in the water a supporting letter is required from a doctor requesting the need of swimming goggles to protect the eyes. When wearing goggles the candidate takes full responsibility for any injury that may arise from their use.
8. Other Adjustment Request – any other reasonable adjustments for candidates with particular requirements will be assessed on a case-by-case basis on receiving the request and the appropriate supporting evidence.
Course Organisers and Tutors must endeavour to identify candidate needs as soon as possible to allow appropriate arrangements to be made and approved by the appropriate awarding body.
The process for requesting access arrangements and the evidence required will vary according to the qualification specifications, the candidate’s circumstances and any other factors that may need to be taken into consideration; therefore the appropriate awarding body approval will need to be obtained on a case-by-case basis.
Approval will not be granted if an adjustment requested compromises the assessment criteria. Failure to comply with this policy may constitute malpractice and the resulting disqualification of the candidate.
Course Organisers and Tutors should assist candidates in choosing an appropriate qualification route, making them aware of the qualification specification requirements. Candidates may still decide to undertake a qualification knowing they cannot fulfill the assessment requirements, in these situations a Certificate of Attendance will be issued.
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