Discussion paper: Requests for special consideration

In March 2019 we held a forum to encourage conversation about how providers approach students' requests for special consideration (different providers call the processes different things, including "mitigating", "extenuating", "exceptional" or "special circumstances" procedures or "factors affecting performance"). We have published this discussion paper which sets out some insights from that forum, from the many cases we have seen, and from other discussions we have had with providers and student representative bodies over the year.

The paper also asks questions which we would like providers, students, and student representative bodies to consider. We will be gathering comments on the discussion paper and responses to the questions we ask in the paper over the next few months.

We are running interactive webinars to accompany the paper. The six discussions will be on:

  • Back to basics: Designing a fair special consideration process
  • Evidence, including self-certification
  • Fit to sit policies and requests for special consideration
  • Student perspectives: What are the barriers to requesting special consideration? What works and what doesn’t?
  • Outcomes of successful special consideration requests: To re-sit or not to re-sit
  • Special consideration and support for study processes

If you have any questions on the online discussions or the paper itself, please email outreach@oiahe.org.uk.

Discussion paper: Requests for special consideration
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