The Exams Office winter and summer conferences are the only national events attended by key stakeholders including the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) and the major awarding bodies. Over 2,500 exams officers attended our 2019 Winter and Summer Conferences.


The Exams Office is the only organisation which offers these free-to-attend* conferences to the exams officer community


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 include keynote speeches, presentations and workshops from experts in the field of exams administration and management, with a focus upon guidance and good practice hints and tips.


Delegates can select the workshops they would like to attend via the booking form. Refreshments and buffet lunch are provided. A range of exams-related exhibitors are also in attendance.


Members of The Exams Office can attend a winter conference and a summer conference 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.

Please note: As set out at the time of booking any cancellations made within 14 days of the conference date will be subject to a £50.00 administration fee. At this stage, delegate numbers will have been agreed with the venues and will be chargeable. An invoice will be raised and sent for prompt payment. Only in exceptional circumstances and with supporting evidence will this fee be waived.


The Exams Office conferences are supported by Exams Training

National Exams Officer Summer and Winter Conferences


Summer Conferences 2020

Due to the ongoing control measures in place to halt the spread of the Covid-19 virus, we have taken the very difficult decision to cancel our two summer conferences planned to take place in Leeds on Thursday 2 July and London on Thursday 9 July.

This was not a decision we have taken lightly, as a significant amount of time, effort and money had already been invested by us and a range of stakeholders in planning and preparing for these annual events.

In parallel with closely monitoring the situation, we have been working with Ofqual, JCQ and the awarding bodies to explore how resources and content ordinarily delivered face-to-face at the events can be made available through our website. We will, of course, keep all our members updated on how this work progresses.

We are pleased to announce that we have now secured all our venues for our Winter 2021 National Exams Officer Conferences in January and February of next year. Please do put the following locations and dates in your diaries for next year. More details, including information regarding booking onto the events will be released in due course.


Winter Conferences 2021

Location & Venue Date
Bristol (Ashton Gate Stadium) Friday 22 January 2021
Coventry (Ricoh Arena) Friday 29 January 2021
Manchester (Old Trafford – MUFC) Monday 1 February 2021
Leeds (Leeds City Hilton) Friday 5 February 2021
London (Kia Oval) Thursday 11 February 2021
London (Kia Oval) Friday 12 February 2021

Winter 2021 Conference presentations

All presentations from our winter 2021 Conferences will be made available in .pdf format to members only after all events have taken place