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Hypermobility and exams

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edited November 2017 in Education


  • Harri
    Harri Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Hi! I am a very old student and pleased to say that as far as doing work the OU is fantastic, as far as venues go they are very hit and miss and don’t seem to have gotten to grips with the fact that we don’t all use wheelchairs so long walks, inaccessible places etc lead to pain and disaster, but they are getting there, ish!

    I do have a question which relates to my granddaughter and disability. My granddaughter has hyper mobility (and probably EDS) and has pain if she holds a pencil for too long or has to sit still without moving - having a little walk etc. The school is aware of this. Recently she sat her 11+ and had no special arrangements made to allow for her disability during the exam, and she failed, by less than 2%. Currently my daughter is involved in a fight with KCC asking for her results to be deemed a pass (before I got to grips with study/pain management for study I lost 20% - going from my average marks - when I didnt manage my post fall pain whilst writing an essay so with less than 6 marks out of more than 300 deeming this a pass shouldnt really stretch the bounds of possibility. Do you know of any case law involving an education department treating someone with disability less favourably and also any studies into childrens education and how inadequate pain management can affect their exam results (possibly in relation to GCSE’s A levels). Can you think of anything else that could help?

    I don’t actually agree with the 11+ but it could make a huge difference to her future.

    Many thanks! 

  • melaniethorley
    melaniethorley Member Posts: 138 Pioneering
    Good morning Harriet and thanks for your message. I worked for the OU for 12 years providing student support and am a huge fan of their philosophy. Buildings are another matter....

    your granddaughter has been discriminated against as far as I could tell. She should have  reasonable adjustments in place, including rest breaks and a computer for exams. I am not sure why the school is being churlish as it affects their league tables. She could be offered a resit with these adjustments in place. I am unaware of any cases which have gone to court, but there is no doubt they are out there somewhere. And apologies I do not have time to do the search myself. I would try Google Scholar for sourcing research papers on pain management/exams.

    I also agree with you about the 11+.....
  • MaiaB123
    MaiaB123 Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Hi Harri, my daughter also has hypermobiltiy (not EDS thankfully) which is the more severe form and developmental coordination disorder.  (just giving you background, HJ also has a significant sight and hearing impairment) has your granddaughter seen the educational psychologist yet?  As well as having extra time, surely it would be much easier to use a laptop for all of her work, including exams.  Our daughter was given a laptop, unfortunately despite having it for some considerable time, the staff rarely gave her the opportunity to use it, but what I'm saying is, with the help of the ICT dept at her local authority and an Occupational Therapists assessment and report, they could make the case for your daughter to use a laptop. (laptops are portable) not all classrooms have them, hence the need for a portable device that can be hooked up to the school network.  Apologies for 'butting' in, you may already have much better advice, but basically, if the school are aware, (does she have an EHCP?) Education and Heath Care Plan?  If so, it should state clearly that she needs extra time and why, but also look into using a laptop instead of writing longhand, our daughter is now in a specialist college, (being older than your granddaughter) for the visually impaired and she primarily uses her own ipad 12.9 she loves it, because she can do most things on there. Kind regards, Maia.


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