Transfer Testing and Grammar schools

3. Adjustments to the testing conditions

If your child has Special Educational Needs or a disability, you may like to talk to their headteacher about testing and grammar schools.

Where a child who has an Education, Health and Care Plan, or a disability that could be described as having ‘a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities', is to take the test, you may wish to discuss your child's access to the test with their headteacher. If the disability might affect access, you should discuss whether any special testing arrangements should be made.

If it is felt that adjustments should be put in place for the test, then your child's headteacher should contact us or, if this is not possible, then please contact us.  Further information, including the deadlines by which requests for adjustments must be received, can be found in our EQA guidance document.

We need to know about this before your child sits the test so that an application can be considered beforehand. We will always look for evidence of how the normal day-to-day delivery of the curriculum is adjusted to meet your child's particular needs and for other professional evidence to support your request. For this reason, if your child is at a school outside of Buckinghamshire, we will still need to contact their headteacher for further information.

Please note that it is not possible to offer extra marks to compensate for any special needs a child may have. This is because in each child's case it would be impossible to say, in the light of each child's circumstances, exactly how many marks would be appropriate. However, where we believe a child to be disabled within the terms of the Equality Act (2010), or where the child has a disability that will have a clear impact in relation to the format of the test, we will try to make sure that appropriate and reasonable special arrangements are put in place to make the test as accessible as possible.

If your child's Secondary Transfer Test Score is considered not to reflect their abilities, and they do not qualify for grammar school, you can request that the Selection Review Panel and/or the Independent Appeal Panel consider the Special Educational Needs and disability issues.

All papers submitted in relation to a request for adjustments to the test papers or conditions will be included with the Selection Review information provided by the LA to the Selection Review Panel and/or to the Independent Appeal Panel.

There is more information about the Selection Review Process and Admission Appeals.

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Last updated: 16 March 2017