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aylesburyduck
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Post by aylesburyduck »

DD is due to sit Bucks 11+ in September.

She has a history of migraines. Generally they come on in the evenings, so are unlikely to impact an exam, however, six months ago, she used to suffer maybe once every six weeks. Currently she is getting them every few days. We are under a doctor for further investigations, as everything else apart, this is no way for her to live her life. She had a mock 11+ last week and got a migraine during the second half, which impacted her performance as she was trying not to be sick so couldn't concentrate (she was sick when she got home).

I know if she is unwell before the exam, then she shouldn't turn up, and should do the exam on a different day. I know if we get her home and it turns out she has been unwell, we must try to get a doctor's note to help with an appeal. But what if she is unwell actually during an exam? What happens if she can't finish the paper?
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There is a bit on the website about this:
If your child becomes unwell during testing, and is unable to complete a test paper, they will not be able to re-sit that paper at a later date.

They will be able to sit the second paper on another date if it has not been started.
I would suspect that if she didn't score enough to pass then you would go to review or appeal with evidence of what had happened
aylesburyduck
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Post by aylesburyduck »

Thanks, this is really helpful. The migraines aren’t under control yet, but at least she knows to tell somebody now.
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Post by streathammum »

The invigilator should record the time that the student leaves the exam, and then you should be able to get a final score based on how many marks they got in the time they had. Eg, if the student was in the exam for half the allocated time, and got half the number of marks they would need for a pass, you could argue in an appeal that they would have got the other half of the marks if they'd been able to sit the other half of the exam.

Appeals are difficult though, and very few appeals for grammars are successful, because not only do you have to show that the child would be qualified (by looking at what they would have scored if not for the extenuating circumstance) but also that giving a place to the child would not be prejudicial to the school, which will already be full.
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