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Consultation: Requests for additional consideration

The Good Practice Framework consists of five sections: Handling complaints and academic appeals, Delivering learning opportunities with others, Supporting disabled students, Disciplinary procedures, and Fitness to practise.

The new section sets out some further good practice guidance on requests for additional consideration (often called the “mitigating”, “extenuating” or “special circumstances” procedures, or “factors affecting performance”).

We have consulted with the Good Practice Framework Steering Group in preparing this section, and have drawn on the valuable feedback we received based on the discussion paper we published on this topic towards the end of last year.

Since then the impact of Covid-19 means that many higher education providers have had to adapt their approach to requests for additional consideration and we hope to see some of the learning from this reflected in the consultation responses.

The final version of the section will be published later in 2020.

If you have any questions about the consultation, please email