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If exams officers need to contact JCQ regarding exams administration related queries, please email centresupport@jcq.org.uk  to ensure that both parties have a written record – for other queries see contact details here

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JCQ updates

Refer to the Exams Office section of the JCQ website where you will find the most essential JCQ documents which will help you in your role as an examinations officer. This section has been structured in line with the key activities of the exam cycle, ranging from key dates, access arrangements, conducting exams to results and post results services.

Also see:

JCQ News Releases

JCQ E-Newsletters

Examination results 

Centres delivering JCQ member awarding body qualifications which come under common arrangements must conduct exams and assessments in accordance with JCQ’s regulations, guidance and instructions which include:

Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments (last published 26 July 2021)

A guide to the special consideration process (last published (approx) 28 June 2021)

Note that any queries regarding special consideration must be directed to the relevant awarding body and not to JCQ

General Regulations for Approved Centres (last published 30 June 2021)

Instructions for conducting examinations (ICE) (last published 26 July 2021)

Instructions for conducting coursework (last published (approx) 28 June 2021)

Instructions for conducting non-examination assessments (last published (approx) 28 June 2021)

Suspected Malpractice Policies and Procedures (last published (approx) 2 September 2021) 

Note that any malpractice reports must be directed to the relevant awarding body and not to JCQ

JCQ videos

The Exams Office invited to join the Independent Commission into Malpractice…

Following the JCQ’s announcement in July 2018 of the launch of an independent industry-led Commission into examination malpractice chaired by Sir John Dunford, The Exams Office confirmed they would be contributing to the work of the Commission

The Exams Office was the only Exams Officer representative organisation invited to join the Commission

JCQ 2021/22 publications

These include:

Suspected Malpractice Policies and Procedures 2021-2022 (published  September 2021) 

JCQ M1 Report of suspected candidate malpractice 2021-2022 (published  September 2021)

JCQ Pre Series Checklist and Exam Day Checklist – Effective from September 2021 (published July 2021)

Checklist for invigilators (for written examinations) – Effective from September 2021 (published July 2021)

Guidance for centres on the decoding of symbols and unit abbreviations in Mathematics and Science examinations – Effective from 1 September 2021 (published July 2021)

Guidance regarding access arrangements when a candidate changes centre – Effective from 1 September 2021 (published July 2021)

Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments 2021-2022 (published July 2021)

Form 8 Application for access arrangements – Profile of learning difficulties – Effective from 1 September 2021 (published July 2021)

Instructions for conducting examinations 2021-2022 (published July 2021)

Information for candidates documents

  • Information for candidates – on-screen tests 2021-2022 (published July 2021)
  • Information for candidates – written exams 2021-2022 

Notice to Centres – The people present – Effective from 1 September 2021 (published July 2021)

Exam Room Posters: Unauthorised items poster and Warning to Candidates poster – Effective from 1 September 2021 (published July 2021)

Notice to Centres – exam contingency plan – Effective from 1 September 2021 (published June 2021)

General Regulations for Approved Centres 2021-2022 (published June 2021)

A guide to the special consideration process 2021/22 (published June 2021)

Instructions for conducting GCSE & GCE MFL Listening examinations – Effective from 1 September 2021 (published June 2021)

Instructions for conducting non-examination assessments 2021-2022 (published June 2021)

Reasonable Adjustments for GCE A-Level Sciences – Endorsement of practical skills – Effective from 1 September 2021 (published June 2021)

Notice to Centres – Informing candidates of their centre assessed marks – Effective from 1 September 2021 (published June 2021)

Notice to Centres – Sharing NEA material and candidates’ work – Effective from 1 September 2021 (published June 2021)

Instructions for conducting coursework 2021-2022 (published June 2021)

Information for candidates documents 

  • Information for candidates – coursework 2021-2022 (published June 2021)
  • Information for candidates – non-examination assessments 2021-2022 (published June 2021)

Online forms (published June 2021)

  • Guidance notes for overnight supervision of candidates with a timetable variation 2021/22
  • Guidance notes – Alternative Site arrangements 2021/22
  • Guidance notes – Centre Consortium arrangements 2021/22
  • Guidance notes – Transferred Candidate arrangements 2021/22
  • Guidance notes – Very Late Arrival Form 2021/22

Key dates in the examination cycle (for the exceptional Autumn 2021 series and standard GCSE November 2021 series) (published June 2021)

JCQ 2020/21 publications

These include:

JCQ Appeals booklet – effective from November 2020 (published November 2020)

Information for candidates documents (published August 2020)

  • Information for candidates – Social Media (Effective from 1 April 2020)
  • Information for candidates – Privacy Notice 2020-2021