(UK) More UK students get extra time on exams; 36% increase in 4 years to 1 in every 6

Dec 4, 2017, (UK) Study International: One in six UK students now get extra time in exams Increasing numbers of students in the United Kingdom are granted extra time during their exams. The figure has risen by a staggering 36 percent over the last four years. Teachers stand accused of bending the rules over false claims that children have “special needs”. UK government organisation Ofqual reported one in six GCSE and A-level candidates now receive 25 percent extra time. … To grant extra time for pupils, schools must apply to the Joint Council for Qualifications(JCQ). There are a variety of acceptable reasons in which students can receive the extra time, including: learning difficulties, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and mental health conditions. Speaking to The Guardian, Professor Alan Smithers of the University of Buckingham, said: “Extra time does confer an advantage. As parents and schools have become more aware that extra time can be claimed and that more and more candidates are getting it, more are trying for it.”