Exams Training

The Exams Office only recommends training events and courses offered by our partner organisation - 'Exams Training'.

'Exams Training' was set up by the founders of The Exams Office to offer members quality training at quality conference venues at an affordable price to help to ease the pressure on your school/college budget:

Members of The Exams Office - 145 + VAT (with additional discounts for multiple bookings from one centre)

Non-members - 195 + VAT

'Exams Training' has already built a reputation for putting delegates before profit with accurate, up-to-date information, excellent support materials and 2/3 presenters at each event - these include exams experts from The Exams Office, awarding bodies and ex-JCQ inspectors.

No other training organisation delivers this level of training for experienced and new exams officers and SLT responsible for exams in their centre. Lunch and refreshments are provided at all events (except invigilator training events which include refreshments only).

 Click on the logo below for full details of current training events and how to book

2017/18 training events

Experienced exams officers

Autumn 2017 events

  • 20 September: Warrington (Halliwell Jones Stadium)
  • 22 September: Birmingham (De Vere Colmore Gate)
  • 25 September: London (Lord's Cricket Ground)
  • 27 September: Bristol (Mercure Holland House Hotel)
  • 29 September: Leeds (De Vere The Met Hotel)

New exams officers

These events are suitable for exams officers in post for less than 12 months and those requiring a 'refresher' course.

'Actions for Autumn' 2017 events

  • 2 October: Birmingham (De Vere Colmore Gate)
  • 4 October: Warrington (Halliwell Jones Stadium)
  • 6 October: Bristol (Mercure Holland House Hotel)
  • 9 October: London (Lord's Cricket Ground)
  • 11 October: Leeds (De Vere The Met Hotel)

'Spring into Summer' 2018 events

  • 28 February: Leeds (De Vere The Met Hotel)
  • 2 March: Birmingham (De Vere Colmore Gate)
  • 5 March: London (Lord's Cricket Ground)
  • 7 March: Bristol (Mercure Holland House Hotel)
  • 9 March: Warrington (Halliwell Jones Stadium)

Senior Leaders

These events are suitable for senior leaders responsible for exams or those who line manager an exams officer.

Managing exams in your centre during the 2017/18 academic year

  • 20 October: London (Lord's Cricket Ground)

Getting ready for the summer 2018 exams series

  • 16 March: London (Lord's Cricket Ground)

These are the only events hosted by ex-DfE staff, current JCQ inspectors, awarding body personnel, serving exams officers and the experts behind The Exams Office

For more information on all training events please visit the Exams Training website.

The Exams Office Professional Development Conferences 2017/18

The Exams Office is hosting six National Conferences during the 2017/18 academic year. 

Five will be held in January 2018 to help members prepare for the summer exams series, with a Summer Conference held in July 2018 to promote good practice and support preparation for the new academic year.

All conferences will be free-to-attend for members - no other organisation is offering such support for its members.

The Professional Development Conferences will be supported by major awarding bodies, the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), A2C, and other leading exams-related organisations. Presentations on the day will provide the latest updates and key information relating to exams administation and management.

The events will also be attended by exhibitors who supply products to the exams market, giving members the opportunity to view a range of exams-related products. 

For more details see the National Conference section of our website.

January National Conferences

  • 12 January 2018: Manchester 

(MacDonald Hotel,  London Road, Manchester, M1 2PG) 

  • 15 January 2018: Bristol 

(Holland House Hotel and Spa,  Redcliffe Hill, Bristol, BS1 6SQ)

  • 19 January 2018: Birmingham 

(National Exhibition Centre (NEC),  Concourse Suites 1 & 2, Concourse Hospitality Suites 21 & 22, Gallery Seminar Suites 1-3, Birmingham, B40 1NT) - For train/car/parking information click here

  • 22 January 2018: Leeds 

(The Met Hotel, King Street, Leeds, LS1 2HQ)

  • 29 January 2018: Central London 

(Grand Connaught Rooms61-65 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5DA)

Summer Conference

  • 2 July 2018: Central London 

(Grand Connaught Rooms, 61-65 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5DA)

The Summer National Conference will have keynote speakers from the major exams-related organisations and information on changes to exams regulations for the 2018/19 academic year.

Please put these dates in your diary and ensure that you take advantage of this opportunity to acquire the latest information, updates and leading edge practice from the key stakeholders within the exams sector.

New Invigilator Training

The Exams Office is offering a members-only certificated 'New Invigilator Training' session as part of your membership.

Members of The Exams Office can send 2 staff members to this half-day training course FREE of charge. Refreshments will also be provided free of charge to all delegates.

This training covers:

  • The qualities required to invigilate 
  • What the JCQ require of invigilators focussing upon the JCQ Instructions for conducting examinations booklet 
  • What are access arrangements? 
  • Invigilating access arrangements reader, scribe, practical assistant & prompter 
  • Starting an examination 
  • Dealing with emergencies 
  • Dealing with malpractice 
  • The JCQ centre inspection 
  • Ending the examination 
  • Collecting the examination scripts

Sessions will be held on/at:

  • 23 October 2017: Warrington (Halliwell Jones Stadium)
  • 25 October 2017: London (Lord's Cricket Ground)
  • 27 October 2017: Birmingham (De Vere Colmore Gate)

  • 5 February 2018: Bristol (Mercure Holland House Hotel)
  • 7 February 2018: London (Lord's Cricket Ground)
  • 9 February 2018: Leeds (De Vere The Met Hotel)

For more details please visit the Exams Training website by clicking the logo below

Please note that the information provided on this website may not be a comprehensive list of information and tasks relating to your school/college. There may be other specific requirements in your school/college depending on the qualifications undertaken or subjects studied, so please check with teaching staff and the relevant awarding bodies to ensure that you are clear in what is required of you and the associated deadlines. The Exams Office takes no responsibility for any administrative errors at your centre based on information imparted.

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