Can I use Lexplore results for JCQ access arrangements?

 ” Although results from the Lexplore Assessment cannot be used to award access arrangements, i.e 25% extra time and/or a scribe. A SENCO can certainly refer to test results when painting a picture of a candidate’s specific needs. “ 

Nick Lait, Head of Examination Services, JCQ

Schools are indeed using Lexplore results to provide evidence for Access Arrangements. Our results can be used to support a teacher’s knowledge of a pupil’s specific abilities and needs, whilst helping to answer the following 7 questions about a pupil. See below, the specific questions, in bold, that Lexplore results can provide the answers for.

1. Can the pupil respond appropriately to a simple request or instruction given in English, without being prompted or aided by an interpreter or translator?

2. Does the pupil have a hearing impairment that prevents them from being able to respond appropriately to a simple question or instruction given in English, without being prompted or aided by a communicator or sign language interpreter or having to lip read?

3. Does the pupil need braille and/or enlarged print in order to read and understand the text?

4. Can the pupil focus on a task, which requires them to work independently and without interruption, for at least 15 minutes without being prompted to stay on task?

5. Is the pupil prevented from being able to write independently at a speed of more than 10 words per minute by a physical, motor skill, or learning disability?

6. Can the pupil read age-appropriate texts aloud and fluently, at a speed of 90 words per minute, without making errors, or with very few errors (this means less than 5 errors per 20 words).

7. Does the pupil have difficulty processing information, which prevents them from being able to answer questions on practice key stage 2 tests, even when they are allowed to refer back to the questions? 

 ” Lexplore is an excellent tool for assessing whether pupils require extra time in SATs tests. You can quickly determine whether a pupil is reading quickly enough and know that you will have an accurate, objective answer alongside the evidence base to prove this. “ 

Aimee Cave, SENCO and Assistant Headteacher, Pocklington Junior School

 ” For KS1 and KS2 tests, access arrangements are based on normal classroom practice for pupils. Schools are not required to have external reports as evidence for access arrangements in the tests. We trust school leaders to choose the products and programmes that best suits the needs of their “ 

Alison Wright, Test Administration Manager, Standards & Testing Agency



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