In this section you will find information about adjustments that schools can make to enable children to access the National Curriculum tests, including information about administering the new English grammar, punctuation and spelling test using a reader.

A small number of children may need specific arrangements, for example additional time or help with reading questions or writing answers, to enable them to take part in the tests. Access arrangements can also be used for children who have a long-term illness or have an injury, for example a broken arm, and for children who use English as an additional language.

Access arrangements should be based primarily on normal classroom practice for children with particular needs. They must never provide an unfair advantage, the support given must not change the test questions, and the answers must be the child's own.