“Under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 a person is considered to have a disability if he/she has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term affect on his/her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. This may also apply to children with a learning disability.”
If your child falls under this definition, or does not have English / Irish as their first language (and has spent less than 3 full years in the UK/Ireland) you should complete an Access Application Form.
APPLICATIONS FOR ACCESS ARRANGEMENTS
PLEASE NOTE THIS PROCESS HAS CHANGED FROM PREVIOUS YEARS. Please see the Guidance to Access Arrangements booklet (GS 17 07 1) for further details. (available for download from 28/04/17)
The ‘Application for Access Arrangements Form’ (ACC/17) for both disability and language are generically available on our website for download and from the AQE Office from Friday 28th April 2017. (please see link at the top of the page). In contrast to previous years the application form can, and should, be completed and sent with the Registration Form in order to speed up the process.
The final date for Access Arrangements applications is Friday 8th September (the same date as the general Registration Forms)
Again, the Access Application form along with Guidance notes are available for download from Friday 28th April 2017. (please see link at the top of the page).
The Access Panel
Once your Access Application has been received, it is considered by the AQE Access Panel. The Access Panel is made up of Education Psychologists, and those in the field of Education.
Once a decision has been made in regards to your Access Application you will be informed of the outcome, in writing, within 5 working days from the meeting. Please note, Access Panel meetings are held monthly (once a month) from June – October.
Please note : If you send through an Access Application form after the closing date for registration, your application may not be considered.
There are 2 types of Unsuccessful Applications:
1 – If your child does not meet the criteria laid out on the Registration Form then the Access Panel’s decision cannot be appealed.
2- If there is insufficient evidence provided, you will have the opportunity to provide this information in time for the next Access Panel meeting. AQE will inform you of the evidence required, and the decision can be reversed by the Panel.
If your child sustains an injury or there are unforeseen difficulties in the run up to the assessment, you should contact the AQE Office IMMEDIATELY and request an Emergency Access Form.
ALL ACCESS QUERIES / DECISIONS / ADJUSTMENTS SHOULD FIRSTLY GO THROUGH THE AQE OFFICE, AND NOT THE ASSESSMENT CENTRE.
AQE will inform all Assessment Centres of any changes before each assessment.