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 Post subject: Illness and A Levels
PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2016 11:12 pm 
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Can anyone advise - DN has Chronic fatique relapse
is it better to soldier on and sit A2s whilst ill (all medical evidence at hand) and obviously do less well as its not the exam but the preparation time lost and ask for special considerations (max. 5%?) or not sit at all? IF the student is not well enough to sit what supporting evidence is used? Mocks, predicted or given grade between what ever 3 'higher' students achieved and 3 'lower' students achieved based on school's submission? DN is very conscientious - Hist, Maths, FM + Eng.
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 Post subject: Re: Illness and A Levels
PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2016 6:35 am 
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Having had it myself, I guess it depends how bad it is this time.
It's also worth making sure any unis know so they can may adjust their offers.
Sorry short post. I'm on my phone at work.


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 Post subject: Re: Illness and A Levels
PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2016 6:57 am 
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Have a look here:

http://www.jcq.org.uk/exams-office/access-arrangements-and-special-consideration

Presumably the school is already aware that your niece is not working at the level which she has previously demonstrated she is capable of? Has she already discussed her problems with her tutor / admissions officer?

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 Post subject: Re: Illness and A Levels
PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2016 9:06 am 
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Always sit the exam if at all possible - presumably there are rest breaks etc?

Get the Head/Head of Sixth to write to unis now ie before results so consideration is built in when entry decisions are made (this is before schools/candidates get results).

Have they applied for DSA for uni?


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 Post subject: Re: Illness and A Levels
PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2016 9:31 am 
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Thank you all. That is helpful - such a shame for consceintious student
what is DSA?
Interesting -is it better to sit exam at all cost then?


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 Post subject: Re: Illness and A Levels
PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2016 9:51 am 
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Has any A2 coursework been completed?

Talk to school -

DSA is this:
https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-al ... s/overview


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 Post subject: Re: Illness and A Levels
PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2016 12:00 pm 
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It's essential to start the DSA process asap if going straight to uni in the autumn.
Most of the initial application can be done for her as long as she checks & signs it.
It's a long process with various assessments needed and there is usually a waiting list so unlikely to get appointments before exams are finished.
It's definitely worth doing. She may well get funding for extra support and/or travel costs if mobility is an issue.


Although the school is closed for half term there may be office staff available or she may have been given an emergency contact. Otherwise email / copy to the school exam officer , head of sixth form and form tutor. Likely that at least one of them will check emails over the holiday.

Very best wishes to her.


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 Post subject: Re: Illness and A Levels
PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2016 3:05 pm 
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Thank you all - I will pass on that useful information. Yes school aware of past illness - think some A2 Hist controlled ass. completed.
Always get clear and straight forward answers - another 'net' was tried but not as good.


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