The girl asked her school, the Mary Erskine School for Girls in Edinburgh, if she could listen to music through her exams, but they refused.
Her parents then took her case to the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) examination board which also refused, but had to back down after it was threatened with legal action under the Equalities Act, as it was proven the year six (year 13 in England) pupil often struggles to concentrate in class.
The SQA have now allowed the pupil to listen to an iPod filled with her favourite music, as long as a teacher puts the music on it, so it can be proved 'not to contain any prompts' to help her in her exams.
The cost of the ipod falls to the school to cover, something they are said to be unhappy about, and she will have to sit in a separate room to her classmates when she takes exams, so the noise doesn't distract other pupils.
The move has been allowed under the SQA's 'special arrangements', but they are now expecting similar claims to be made by other pupils. However, the body insists this is a one off arrangement for one pupil:
'This decision sets no precedents. We receive many requests for 'special arrangements' to be made every year and each is treated on its individual merits,' said a spokesperson. 'In this case the iPod is new and the music is loaded by the school and given to the candidate in the hall. It is removed by staff once the exam is over.'
What do you think about this move?
Justified for the pupil in question or completely ridiculous?
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