Recent data from Ofqual, the examinations regulator, shows that record numbers of students who sat GCSE and A-level exams this summer were given more time to complete their papers.
Evidence shows that one in five exam entries in 2018-19 were granted additional time due to special educational needs, disability or temporary injuries. The total of just under 257,000 is an increase of 9.2% from last year when the figure stood at 235,000 but this has been steadily rising over the last four years.
Concerns have been raised as some feel the figures may indicate that certain students are benefitting from access arrangements as their parents are more engaged with the process. It calls into question the number of students who are not receiving the extra support that they may be entitled to.
The report can be found here.