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In the aftermath of the pandemic, there has been a noticeable rise in Modified Exam Paper orders at GCSE level, a heartening sign that more students are able to get the support they need to perform their best in their exams. Witnessing this shift, we embarked on an ambitious journey in late 2021, launching the Modified Exam Paper Project (MPP) in collaboration with NASEN (National Association for Special Educational Needs).

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Our mission was clear - to adopt a student-centred approach, aiming to gain a deeper understanding of how UK secondary schools, and students with additional access requirements, utilise modified exam papers from various exam boards, as well as to implement the findings to create a more inclusive and accessible exam environment.

In January 2023, we interviewed “Katherine”, a remarkable Year 12 student. Inspired by Katherine’s powerful slogan - ‘we need to be our own advocate’ - we went on to collect more real-life stories of students with additional access requirements. By amplifying their voices, we want to raise awareness, inspire a collective effort, and really drive change to support an inclusive, accessible, and empowering educational environment.

Please note, images used are generic and are not images of the actual candidates interviewed for the case studies. 

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