Reasonable Adjustment Policy

RNC Training Equal Opportunities Policy guarantees a fair assessment for all candidates; it is permissible, when necessary, to make reasonable adjustments to reduce the impact of a disability (defined in the Equalities Act 2010) for the learner to successfully achieve a qualification.

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.

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.

Examples of Reasonable Adjustment:

  • Using coloured overlay on written questions
  • Giving additional time (an additional 25% time allocation is the standard)
  • Reading the questions to the Learner and/or writing down the Learner’s answers. Note: this must be carried out after all other Learners have completed their assessments and these have been collected. The arrangement must be conducted for the duration of the assessment (e.g. from start to finish)
  • Allowing Learners to use a bilingual dictionary if English is not their first language

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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Reviewed -February 2020