JCQ regulations, which govern students' arrangements for GCSE and A levels and which we also use for Common Entrance, state that a candidate is allowed to use a word processor/lap top when it is appropriate, it represents a boy’s ‘normal way of working’ and if it has been recommended by an educational psychologist.
In order to confirm that a candidate is allowed to use a word processor/lap top for Common Entrance, Radley needs to receive the appropriate supporting evidence (an educational psychologist's report including the recommendation based on standardised evidence).
All boys are reassessed in Year 9 (Shells) at Radley, on their means of writing, as well as other access arrangements in future public exams. Continued use of a word processor/lap top is allowed in the Shells and throughout a boy's time at Radley if it is recommended by an educational psychologist (or an accredited specialist teacher) in, or after, Year 9 and represents a boy’s ‘normal way of working’.
However, it should be noted that we strongly believe boys both with and without specific learning support needs are disadvantaged if they do not develop the skills of handwriting. We expect boys to practise that skill in the course of the Shell year where handwriting remains, for the majority, the normal method of working in class, in prep, and in examinations. Boys who use a word processor/lap top will still have to hand write work where typing is not appropriate.