The Exams Office’s National Exams Officer Conferences are the only events attended by key stakeholders such as the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), Ofqual and the major awarding bodies. Over 2,000 exams officers attended our 2020 events. The national conferences are held at locations across England during January and February each year.


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

Conference content is tailored specifically to meet the needs of exams officers and supporting our members in carrying out their everyday roles. The benefits of attendance include: national networking opportunities; listening to high quality, experienced speakers; attending informative and interactive workshops; accessing practical advice, hints and tips; hearing the latest awarding body/JCQ information and updates to prepare you for the summer exam series and beyond.

Conferences format and content includes keynote speeches, presentations and workshops from experts in the field of exams administration and management, with a focus on guidance and good practice hints and tips.

Delegates can select the workshops they would like to attend via the online booking form. Refreshments throughout the day and a buffet lunch is provided at each event. A range of exams-related exhibitors are also in attendance.


Members of The Exams Office can attend one National Exams Officer Conference free 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.

National Exams Officer Conferences 2022


The 2022 Exams Officer Conferences took place at the Kia Oval, London on 9 & 10 February. Unfortunately, the conferences at Bristol, Coventry, Leeds and Manchester were cancelled due to public health restrictions.


UPDATED: 21 February 2022


National Exams Officer Winter 2022 Virtual Conference – Now open!

We are delighted to be able to now share with you instructions for how to access and navigate around the event platform for our National Exams Officer Winter 2022 Virtual Conference.

The content is now live and can be accessed by visiting

Once on the event landing page, delegates should:

  • Read the welcome and introduction on the left-hand side of the page
  • Enter their details into the section on the right-hand side of the page and complete security validation, before clicking ‘LOGIN’

Once logged in, delegates will be directed to the event ‘Home’ screen and should:

  • Read the instructional text at the top of the page
  • Watch your chosen first presentation by clicking ‘VIEW VIDEO’
  • After viewing the JCQ, Ofqual or The Exams Office presentations, type and submit a question, should you have one
  • After viewing the AQA, Cambridge Assessment International Education, OCR or Pearson presentations, follow their instructions for how to submit your question
  • Return to the ‘Home’ screen to access the next presentation by either clicking the ‘Home’ icon at the top-right of the screen or clicking The Exams Office logo at the top-left of the screen
  • Continue the process above until all content has been accessed
  • When ready to do so, please click ‘Logout’ at the top-right of the screen

We do hope that you find the event to be informative, useful and enjoyable.

Frequently asked questions

Q: Are other members of staff within my centre able to view the Virtual Conference?
A: Yes – teaching staff and senior leaders from member centres can log in to view the Virtual Conference content. Additional delegates from member centres should enter their own details into the section on the right-hand side of the page and also complete security validation, before clicking ‘LOGIN’

Q: Will I and colleagues be able to view the videos and Q&A session after the Virtual Conference has ended?
A: Yes, all presentations will remain on The Exams Office video platform until the end of May. This period may be extended, if required.

Q: What will happen to any submitted questions?
A: Individual answers to questions submitted will be collated and sent to the relevant organisation for review and response. Please note that any questions posed should relate to the content of the relevant organisation’s presentation and not all questions will receive an individual response.



The presentations as delivered at the London conference are available in pdf format via the links below.

National Conferences – General information


Conference locations

The National Conferences take place each January and February in:

  • London
  • Bristol
  • Coventry
  • Leeds
  • Manchester


Booking conditions

One free place per member centre is available on a first come, first served basis. Bookings at each event will close once all places are taken.

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.


Queries and booking of additional places

Should you have any queries regarding your booking, attendance, or to book any additional paid places at the events, then please email

Additional/paid places are charged at £175 plus VAT.




Please note:

All delegate places will be booked on a provisional basis. Given the ongoing public health situation linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be carefully monitoring advice provided by the relevant authorities and the venues ahead of each event before confirming that it will be taking place.