Exams officers within member centres of The Exams Office, have exclusive access to a free-to-attend* National Exams Officer Conference


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

Conference content is tailored specifically to meet the needs of exams officers and supporting 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.

Conference 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 select the workshops they would like to attend via the online booking form. Refreshments, along with a buffet lunch, are provided at each event. Each year, a range of exams-related exhibitors also attend.


*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. The booking window will close once all places are taken at each event.

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 2024


Date Location

Venue details

Booking status

Monday 15 January 2024 Bristol

Ashton Gate Stadium, Ashton Rd, Bristol, BS3 2EJ

Bookings taken from 30 October 2023

Monday 22 January 2024 Leeds Hilton Leeds City, Neville Street, Leeds, LS1 4BX Bookings taken from 30 October 2023
Monday 29 January 2024 London

The Kia Oval, Kennington, London, SE11 5SS

Bookings taken from 30 October 2023

Tuesday 30 January 2024 London

The Kia Oval, Kennington, London, SE11 5SS

Bookings taken from 30 October 2023

Monday 5 February 2024 Manchester

Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Talbot Road, Manchester, M16 0PX

Bookings taken from 30 October 2023

Friday 9 February 2024 Coventry

Coventry Building Society Arena, Judds Lane, Coventry, CV6 6AQ

Bookings taken from 30 October 2023


Booking window/Waiting lists

The online event booking portal for our 2024 conferences will open on 30 October

Once capacity is reached at each venue, bookings will be added to a waiting list. There is no guarantee that places will be offered to those on a waiting list

Email conference@theexamsoffice.com for more information

There is one free place per member centre


Event format

Indicative timings for each conference are:

  • 8.30 – Registration desk open from
  • 9.15 – Introduction – including updates from The Exams Office and National Association of Examinations Officers (NAEO)
  • 9.35 – JCQ update
  • 10.15 – Workshop session 1
  • 11.15 – Break
  • 11.45 – Workshop session 2
  • 12.45 – Lunch
  • 1.45 – Workshop session 3
  • 2.45 – Break
  • 3.00 – Ofqual update
  • 3.40 – Prize draw
  • 4.00 – Final comments and Close



The following organisations delivered a workshop session at the 2023 conferences:

  • The Exams Office: Existing invigilators update meeting – Areas to cover
  • AQA: A guide to the updated malpractice regulations
  • OCR: Top tips for summer 2023: General Qualifications, Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals (Covering topics ranging from entries to results, to help exams officers plan and prepare for a successful summer exam series)
  • Pearson: BTECs – Supporting you
  • NCFE: Delivering to your needs (Manchester & London only)
  • Morrish solicitors – Holiday pay after Harpur Trust v Brazel (Manchester only to allow filming for the Virtual Conference)

Delegates had the opportunity to attend 3 workshop sessions



The following organisations exhibited at the 2023 conferences:

Awarding organisations

  • AQA
  • OCR
  • Pearson
  • WJEC
  • Cambridge Assessment International Education (Manchester & London only)
  • London Institute of Banking and Finance (LIBF)
  • NCFE (Manchester & London only)

Support resources/organisations

  • Scanning Pens
  • Texthelp
  • Wharton Clocks
  • Phoenix Safes
  • Spaceforme
  • Parcelforce
  • Morrish solicitors


Virtual Conference 2023

The presentations at the Manchester Conference were filmed and are available to all exams officers and senior leaders to view as part of our 2023 Virtual Conference