“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.
PLEASE NOTE THIS PROCESS HAS CHANGED FROM PREVIOUS YEARS. Please see the General Guidance to Access Arrangements booklet (GS 17 07 1) for further details. 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 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 at set intervals from the middle of June until the end of September.
Please note : Late applications for Access Arrangements (those received after 8th September 2017) will not be considered unless there are very exceptional circumstances whereby they could not have been received before the closing date given above.
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.
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.