Preparing the student
- Make sure students understand exam language
- explain, consider, discuss – what is the question asking you to do?
- Ensure they are clear about what they will need to revise and where to look for resources to help
- Ensure they know when and where the exams are
Preparing the exam
- Special arrangements and how to get them in place – these may be:
- Modified papers,
- Additional time,
- BSL interpreters,
- MFL transcripts/live voice
- THESE OFTEN NEED TO BE IN PLACE LONG BEFORE THE EXAM – some boards only allow these measures if they are the norm for the student. Also if the student is not used to them it could cause confusion.
- Will they be in the main exam hall with other students?
- If it is someone with different support needs (e.g. who needs a reader, or regular breaks) this may be distracting
- The student might want to be with friends and the same as everyone else
- Will they be in a separate, quiet room?
- There will be less distractions (e.g. if they have extra time they won’t be disturbed when everyone else leaves).
- You can then find a quieter room (better acoustics, less background noise).
Check with your exam board for the arrangements your student may be entitled to and how/when to apply for them.
- What are the communication options for teenagers?
- How can we optimise the learning experience?
- What are the social and emotional considerations for teenagers?
- How can we ensure students perform at their best during exams?
- How can you support a child moving on from school?
- How can groups work together to promote understanding?