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Exams, iPods and the Equality Act

BY Gerry O'Hare
Employment Law & HR
BG Purple

One lucky school pupil was granted permission to listen to music on her iPod while sitting school exams, it has been reported.

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) allowed the request after the pupil insisted that she could not concentrate properly without it, and also after her parents threatened legal action under the Equality Act 2010. They claimed that refusing this request would put her at a disadvantage. Critics of the SQA move argue that this could set a precedent and that many other pupils may want to listen to their iPods while sitting exams.


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