A schoolgirl has won the right to use an iPod while sitting her exams - after claiming she can only concentrate while listening to her favourite music.
The girl won the unprecedented concession after threatening legal action against her school and examination authorities.
The Mary Erskine School for girls in Edinburgh, where boarders pay nearly £18,000 a year, has been forced to buy a new iPod that is loaded with the girl's choice of music by a teacher - to ensure no exam answers are hidden among the tracks.
Staff had initially refused the request, fearing it would open the door to the possibility of cheating.
The girl's parents then took her case to the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) examination board, which also ruled it out.
However, it was forced to back down after reportedly being threatened with legal action under the Equalities Act because the girl, a year six pupil, (equivalent to year 13 in England) often struggles to pay attention in class.
SQA bosses have allowed the pupil, who is in the middle of her Higher exams, to listen to the iPod as long as it can be 'proved not to contain any prompts'.
School staff are understood to be unhappy with the decision but were forced to comply as the SQA is the governing body for Higher examinations.
The pupil has to sit in a separate area to prevent the noise from her headphones distracting other students.
The move has been allowed under what the SQA calls 'special arrangements'. Now, SQA chiefs are bracing themselves for a flood of similar claims. Exam invigilators are also furious because loading the iPod has added to their workload.
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