National Exams Officer Conferences


The Exams Office is the only organisation funding free-to-attend* National Exams Officer Conferences. These were previously provided by the Department for Education. 

The Exams Office conferences are the largest and most significant events relating to examination administration and management for exams officers during the academic year. Each conference is supported by the major awarding bodies, JCQ and a range of key exams-related stakeholders. 


The Exams Office conferences are the must-attend development events for exams office staff


View the video of our London Conference 2017 by clicking the image above


Conference content is tailored specifically to meet the needs of exams officers and supporting our members in their everyday role. This includes national networking opportunities, high quality, experienced speakers, interactive workshops, the latest awarding body/JCQ information to prepare exams officers for the summer exam series and beyond, providing practical advice, hints and tips.

The conferences provide presentations and workshops. Delegates can choose the workshops they would like to attend. Refreshments and buffet lunch are provided. A range of exams-related exhibitors are also in attendance.


Members of The Exams Office can attend a January conference and the Summer conference free of charge* as part of their membership


*One free place per member centre is available on a first come, first served basis. Please note that only those with an up-to-date paid membership with The Exams Office at the time of booking and at the time of the event will be eligible for a free place. Booking windows will close once all places are taken.

Additional places and non-members places may be acquired, if capacity allows, for £145 (+VAT) per place


2017/18 Conferences


For the 2017/18 academic year, we hosted 5 National Exams Officer Conferences in January. An additional summer conference is being held on 2 July in London. 


Summer conference - Planning for the 2018/19 academic year

Free to attend* event for members of The Exams Office 

Places are allocated to members on a first come, first served basis, so book early to avoid disappointment


A range of exhibitors will be present - including awarding organisations, suppliers of exam furniture, exam clocks, secure storage, personalised exam banners, posters and templates and experts in support for those requiring access arrangements.


Maximum capacity for the summer conference has now been reached

To be placed on the waiting list, or for information about places for non-members, please e-mail:


To download the summer conference delegate welcome letter, click here


Timings for the day


08.30 - Registration opens

09.30: Welcome and introduction in the Grand Hall

09.45: Workshop 1 (parallel sessions - see below)

10:45: Break

11:15: Workshop 2 (parallel sessions - see below)

12.15: Lunch

13:00: Workshop 3 (parallel sessions - see below)

14.00: Break

14:20: Ofqual - 'Combatting malpractice - the vital role of the exams officer'

14.50: JCQ - Update session 

15.20: Panel question and answer session in the Grand Hall

15.45: Final comments and prize draw in the Grand Hall

16.00: Close


When booking, you will be asked to select your choice of workshop sessions. It should be noted that delegates will be expected to attend their chosen sessions, as changes may cause issues with room capacities. The workshop sessions are listed below.



  • Dealing with Heads of Department/SLT/Heads of Centre: Ensuring that they support you in complying with JCQ regulations (The Exams Office)
  • A guide to the invigilator e-learning modules: A demonstration of the new e-learning module to be launched in September 2018 to help exams officers update experienced invigilators and judge their understanding of JCQ regulations including changes for the 2018/19 academic year (The Exams Office)
  • The road to results: A look at some of the key facts and processes surrounding the issue of candidate results in August – from the scanning of candidate scripts, the process for handling missing scripts and what you will receive from us on results days (OCR)
  • Cambridge Admissions Testing: Our tests and how to run them (Cambridge Assessment International Education)
  • Planning for Pearson qualifications during the 2018/19 academic year: Good practice, hints and tips for those engaging in Pearson qualifications (Pearson)
  • Mindfulness and meditation for exams officers: Four techniques to ease the stress of exam planning (Geraldine Jozefiak – Exams Officer at HMP Norwich


*One free place per member centre is available on a first come, first served basis.  Please note that only those with an up-to-date paid membership with The Exams Office at the time of booking and at the time of the event will be eligible for a free place.

**The booking window will close once all places at the venue have been filled. Any requests for free places made outside of the booking window will be allocated on a first come, first served basis in line with cancellations.


Conference presentations


January conferences - Planning for the summer 2018 exam series


Members can access presentations delivered at our 2018 National Conferences by clicking here




The Exams Office takes no responsibility for any outcomes in schools/colleges as a result of the information provided on our website or within our documentation. It is the responsibility of schools/colleges to apply this information as they deem necessary within their own centre. You should always contact/refer to the relevant awarding body for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding their qualifications.

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