Tes Institute is committed to promoting access for people with disabilities and additional needs. Tes Institute supports and enables students with physical disabilities, sensory impairments, specific learning difficulties, special psychological needs and medical conditions that can have an impact on day-to-day activities, to participate in and successfully complete Tes Institute programmes, as far as is reasonably practicable and within any constraints laid down by relevant professional bodies.

To this end, Tes Institute will:

  • Encourage applications from people with disabilities
  • Seek to provide information in suitable formats to accommodate individual needs
  • Judge applicants who disclose disabilities or specific needs solely on the basis of their academic potential
  • Invite applicants with a disability or specific need to contact Tes Institute to discuss how their requirements can be accommodated
  • Provide additional support or resources at the application stage to enable the applicant to complete the application process including attending interview where applicable
  • Offer additional provision to ensure there is no disadvantage compared with other applicants
  • Work towards the earliest possible assessment of needs and offer of reasonable accommodations where required
  • Make reasonable accommodations in assessment where applicable and without impacting the learning outcomes to be assessed
  • Provide educational support services as appropriate and applicable for eligible students
  • Take steps to encourage students with progressive conditions, or who become disabled during their programme of study, to continue their studies
  • Promote an inclusive environment and attitude at Tes Institute and endeavour to provide appropriate training to staff and faculty where required

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to:

Provide assurance to potential applicants with a disability or learning need that Tes Institute will seek to provide support and actively welcomes applications from them

Provide those students with a disability or learning need with the information required to enable them to seek assistance and arrange for reasonable accommodations where required and appropriate including in assessment

Scope

This policy applies to all applicants to and students of Tes Institute and applies to all staff and representatives of Tes Institute.

Those students that require accommodations in all areas of their studies with Tes Institute will be considered through this procedure.

Those students seeking accommodations in assessment only, for example, additional time, are advised to consult Tes Institute policy and procedure on reasonable accommodation in assessment.

Principles

This procedure is based on the principles of inclusion, accessibility and the promotion of equality. Tes Institute seeks to comply with equality legislation and is also mindful of the requirements of professional bodies. Where difficulties might arise between the two, TES Institute can seek additional professional advice in an attempt to support the student wherever possible.

Procedure for Promoting Learner Support: Access and Inclusion

Tes Institute accepts that it might be appropriate to discuss such matters with a third party representative and will undertake such discussions in a general sense. Tes Institute will not discuss the specific details of individual applicants or students with a third party, except in validating evidence provided (see below), unless Tes Institute is in receipt of express written permission from the applicant or student concerned detailing the matters that can be discussed, with whom and in what circumstances.

All information is maintained in strict confidence in line with data protection legislation and shared only on a need-to-know basis.

Applicants or Potential Applicants to Tes Institute Programmes

Applicants or potential applicants with a disability or learning need are advised to contact the Programme Support Officer by e-mail or telephone to discuss their personal with a view to Tes Institute implementing appropriate strategies and resources to accommodate their needs in applying for a programme of study at Tes Institute.

Applicants or potential applicants can be required to provide independent, authenticated evidence to support their request for accommodations.

All such requests are brought to the attention of the relevant Programme Director who will make necessary arrangements to support the application.

The applicant will be advised of the arrangements and accommodations to be made to facilitate their application and completion of the admissions process.

Successful Applicants and Students with Learner Support Requirements

Tes Institute recognises that there can be occasions when a disability or learning need is not disclosed at the point of application. In such cases, Tes Institute cannot guarantee to provide all necessary resources and supports but will at all times seek to make reasonable accommodations in line with relevant legislation once the disclosure has been made and assessment completed.

Students should advise Tes Institute of their circumstances at the earliest opportunity. Ideally, this should be through the Programme Support Officer who will bring it to the attention of the relevant Programme Director.

Students will be required to provide original, independent and authenticated evidence from a relevant consultant, health care practitioner or educational psychologist providing details of the disability, condition or learning need, the impact this has and the recommended support requirements to be provided by Tes Institute.

On receipt, the relevant Programme Director will assess the submission and identify the means by which Tes Institute can meet with the accommodations identified. This can require discussion with the Programme Director and the Director for Governance and Regulation to ensure all teaching, learning and assessment requirements are taken into account.

TES Institute Disability & Inclusion Policy June 2016