A student has spoken of how she refused extra exam time during her GCSEs because she did not want to be seen as different.
Olivia Rogers, 22, has dyspraxia, a developmental co-ordination disorder.
“I just didn’t want people asking me, ‘why do you get extra time?’…You don’t want to be seen to be different,” she said.
Since year 13, she has taken advantage of the extra time, and is now studying at Swansea University.
She said that if others want to get help, it is important to ask for it.
Olivia, who is originally from the West Midlands, said there is still a stigma around access arrangements, such as having extra time, or having a reader or scribe.
Explaining her condition, she said: “It basically means that you struggle with your hand-eye co-ordination.
“Sometimes you look a bit awkward when you’re walking and daily tasks can be a little more difficult for you.”
When she was younger, Olivia says she “really struggled with maths and English” but progressed through school with some extra help.
“I still got fairly good grades in GCSEs, but I found it really stressful to actually finish.
“Maybe if I had had the extra time in year 10 and 11, I would have got better GCSE grades.”
In the academic year 2017-2018, 13,540 GCSE, AS and A level students in Wales were given extra time according to Qualifications Wales – nearly 13% of the students who sat exams in that period.
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