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(UK) 1 in 6 student get extra time on exams due to special needs

Nov 30, 2017, UK Telegraph: One in six children are now given extra time in public exams, official figures show http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2017/11/30/one-six-children-now-given-extra-time-public-exams-official / Teachers are accused of bending the rules by claiming increasing numbers of students are "special needs" The number of children getting extra time in their exams has risen by 36 per cent in the past four years, official figures show, as teachers are accused of bending the rules by claiming increasing numbers of students are "special needs". Now one in six of all GCSE and A-level candidates are awarded 25 per cent extra time for their exams, according to Ofqual. Critics say the figures “make a mockery” of the system and undermine credibility in public examinations. … Last year, 223,405 students were granted extra time to complete their exams, compared to 164,390 in 2013/14. Schools can apply to the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) to request extra time for a student on a variety on grounds. These include learning difficulties, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or a mental health condition . …