The British Association of Teachers of the Deaf
Promoting Excellence in Deaf Education

Invigilating public examinations

Some members have written to BATOD expressing concern that Teachers of the Deaf might not be allowed to invigilate examinations involving deaf students because it is an activity which teachers should not carry out because of the Planning, Preparation and Assessment Time arrangements. The students in question were profoundly deaf BSL users.

In a recent meeting with the NASUWT it was made very clear that this should not be a concern. Where an activity requires the skills, knowledge and experience of a teacher and, therefore in this case, a Teacher of the Deaf, then that activity should still be carried out by the Teacher of the Deaf.

Furthermore, it should be made clear when requesting a particular access arrangement that a Teacher of the Deaf will be needed to provide the access.

Paul Simpson
June 2005