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A person who scribes the dictated answers to questions from pupils or students whose independent writing skills are extremely limited through a learning difficulty, injury, or sensory or physical impairment. If a learner has a temporary or permanent disability, such as a broken wrist or dyslexia for example, an amanuensis may be provided who will accompany the learner to classes and take notes which the learner is unable to do themselves; or will write an examination or a piece of coursework at the learner's dictation. Permission to use an amanuensis during examinations can be requested from the examining bodies for students who regularly access this type of support as part of their normal provision. Specific guidance for amanuenses is clearly defined in the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority's guidance on access arrangements for pupils with particular needs. Also sometimes called ‘scribing’, the use of an amanuensis in formal assessments raises a number of questions about validity, arising from the possibility that the candidate's actual ability might be misrepresented.

http://lists.becta.org.uk/pipermail/senco-forum/2003-May/030781.html Debates the issues arising from the use of an amanuensis in GCSE examinations.

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Trisha Bowen,


Liz Ellis

Subjects: Education.

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