Children who have a profound hearing impairment and do not use lip-reading or a signing system may not be able to fully participate in the spelling component of the levels 3-5 or level 6 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test or the levels 3-5 mental mathematics test, even with the full range of access arrangements. Where this is the case, schools can apply for compensatory marks.
Compensatory marks are based on average scores generated during the pre-testing phase of a test’s development. Awarding these marks means that children can receive a test level as long as they have completed the other components for the relevant test and gained enough marks overall.
Making an application
Schools will be able to use the NCA tools website to apply for compensatory marks from Monday 3 February. The deadline will be Monday 3 March.
National curriculum assessments helpline
Telephone: 0300 303 3013
Tools to help administration of National Curriculum assessments.