The Exams Office is supporting exams officers and their centres by providing a central point of reference on this page to:

  • our information and updates
  • links to information and relevant updates from key stakeholders as information becomes available


The latest news and information from JCQ includes the following:

Autumn 2020 series

Key dates in the examination cycle, 2020/2021 (June 2020 and November 2020 examination series) (12/08/2020)

Summer 2020 series

Examination results (10/09/2020)

Supplementary appeals documentation – centre error appeals (03/09/2020)

JCQ Appeals Booklet 2020 (07/08/2020)

News Releases

Derek Richardson appointed Chairman of JCQ’s Board of Directors (04/09/2020)

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Information and updates

(22/09/2020) Ofqual releases Joint statement from AoC, AELP, HOLEX, FAB, JCQ and Ofqual on VTQs Ofqual has jointly released a statement with several organisations involved in assessments, committing to work together and streamline communications

(21/09/2020) Ofqual updates guidance Terms of reference for exam procedure reviews – summer 2020 qualifications

(21/09/2020) The Exams Office publishes an article – Ten areas for consideration when conducting examinations during the 2020/2021 academic year

(updated 18/09/2020) DfE updates Public health arrangements for autumn exams This guidance sets out public health arrangements that schools, colleges and other exam centres should implement when delivering exams in autumn 2020 to enable them to progress in a coronavirus (COVID-19) secure way

(10/09/2020) JCQ releases GCE A level, AS and GCSE summer 2020 results tables

See earlier information and updates here


(23/09/2020) Launch of the Exams Officer Survey -2020 (Survey closes on Friday 30 October)

(23/09/2020) Look out for the The Exams Office – support update sent to your inbox today

(23/09/2020) To support our members in managing the forthcoming exam series, we have filmed 14 short videos on ‘Managing an exam series’.  We appreciate that attending training events is currently difficult for many of our members, so these can be viewed as part of the membership by login to the Online Portal then selecting Training Videos from the resources menu

(21/09/2020) Checklist for conducting exams during the 2020/21 academic year published

See earlier information and updates for members here


Latest from the Department for Education

Latest from the DfE includes:


Responsibility for autumn GCSE, AS and A level exam series (updated 18/09/2020) 

DfE exam support service: autumn exam fees, sites and invigilators (updated 18/08/2020)

Public health arrangements for autumn exams (updated 18/09/2020)

Collection Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19) What school leaders, teachers and school staff need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Collection Further and higher education: coronavirus (COVID-19) What colleges and universities and other providers need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

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CCEA (Northern Ireland)

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Department of Education(Northern Ireland)

Department of Education releases on COVID-19 (coronavirus) provides the latest information in relation to Covid-19 (coronavirus) and its impact on education services

BBC News

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