January 2023 archive

5min PPT: #ImmersiveReader (6)

As part of our “5 Minutes for Inclusion” series, here is a short PowerPoint introducing Immersive Reader, a powerful and free tool built into Microsoft products.

It’s effective at increasing the reading fluency and comprehension of your learners, supporting students with learning differences like Dyslexia, and helping emerging readers build their confidence.

Click below to download the PowerPoint:

5min PPT: #ImmersiveReader (6).pptx

Oral Language Modifier – JCQ Exam Access Arrangements

The Oral Language Modifier (OLM) is a role created to provide a reasonable adjustment in examinations for candidates who require a level of language support beyond that provided by a reader. This role was originally provided for deaf candidates whose preferred language was English. It has now been extended to provide for other candidates who have a specific reading comprehension or language difficulty.

A Language Modifier is a responsible adult who may clarify the carrier language used in the examination paper when requested to do so by a candidate.

For more information please see page 60 in the JCQ Access Arrangement guidance.

The Joint Council for Qualifications states that:

‘A Language Modifier should be a rare and exceptional arrangement. It must only be considered for those candidates whose disability has a very substantial and long term adverse effect resulting in very persistent and significant difficulties in accessing and processing information.‘A Language Modifier is an adjustment of the last resort. An application should only be made once all other relevant adjustments have been considered and found to be unsuitable or unworkable. There must be a very strong justification as to why a Language Modifier is required.’ The JCQ state that this means that a candidate must have a standardised score of 69 or less (a very substantially below average standardised score) in relation to reading comprehension and/or vocabulary.

Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments, Joint Council for Qualifications, 2022-3

While there may not be many students for whom this will be appropriate, it may be something that schools might wish to investigate. A Language Modifier must have successfully completed accredited training. A JCQ Centre Inspector will ask to see evidence of successfully completed accredited training. There are centres that offer this training online.  For example: https://www.communicate-ed.org.uk/courses/language-modifier-accredited-training