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GCSE English Language Spoken Language Endorsement - Arrangements for learners with communication issues and/or hearing needs

This document has been produced by the awarding bodies for England to support learners with communication and/or hearing needs in the Spoken Language Endorsement for GCSE English Language. It should be read in conjunction with the GCSE English Language specification from your awarding body and the common assessment criteria.

The aim of this document is to encourage access for as many learners as possible to the spoken language endorsement and to provide practical guidance and support for their teachers.

In order to ensure young people with speech language and communication needs are enabled to achieve their best in the new assessment, we worked constructively with Ofqual and awarding bodies to produce this guidance*. Our members at the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) and the British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (BATOD) also contributed to the guidance for hearing impaired young people specifically.

The guidance focuses on making clear flexible arrangements that can be put in place to best support students with SLCN to access the assessment and showcase their language skills to the best of their ability. This document has been updated in April 2016 with additions from The Cued Speech Association, to ensure it also supports users of cued speech. You can access the updated document here.

 *Effective from 2014, Ofqual took the decision to remove the spoken language assessment from the weighted element of the GCSE English Language.  The Communication Trust contributed to various consultations around this before the decision was confirmed, strongly opposing the proposal, as well as responding to subsequent changes to the format of the assessment. You can access our responses to these consultations here