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    Hi, do you have a copy of the IB access and inclusion policy? It’s the document with the information about who can get access arrangements and what assessment scores you need etc. That has quite clear information in it about computers etc. I can’t for the life of me find it on the IB website (which I do not find very user friendly!), I only have a downloaded copy. I’ll keep looking for the link though.

    In my (international) school we have a set of exam laptops that students use for IB and IGCSE, and school exams. These were specially set up by IT, so that the students cannot connect to the internet. The students use text edit program and then convert the document to a pdf, save to a usb and then a teacher prints it. We’re looking at alternatives to text edit but when IT looked into it last year they couldn’t find anything better that fit all the requirements. I’ll be very interested if others have better programmes. . I’ve not used Claro, will look into it. We have a number of computers where spell-check is enabled, but most don’t

    I start the exams for the students and then a supervisor sits in with them. I circulate around the different rooms with Learning support students and when the student is finished the supervisor messages me and I go back, formally finish the exam and save the work to USB to print. I’m pretty sure there is a cover sheet the students sign too, but it’s a couple of years since I’ve done it (maternity leave and covid) so I’m not 100% sure on that.

    I’m afraid I’m not familiar with the scribe rules, but if it doesn’t explicitly say you can’t scribe for him then you should be able to – again your exams officer should be able to help with this, or at least find the right documents and information.

    I had to be quite insistent with my IT department about what we needed, took all the documents from IB and IGCSE and got the head of high school on board too.

    Hope that helps a little.