The Exams Office 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 Conferences


In light of recent announcements and the impact that they have had, we have taken the decision to postpone the Winter 2021 Virtual Conference planned to take place on Friday 12 February.

The rearranged event will take place in March once processes have been confirmed and the findings and recommendations from the recently announced consultation exercise have been published.

Although the platform and practical arrangements to stage the event are in place and ready to go, we feel that delaying the event is the best decision.

Following the DfE’s decision to cancel this summer’s GCSE, AS and A level exams, key stakeholders such as Ofqual, JCQ and the major awarding bodies will need time to consider their processes and messaging in relation to grading and awarding this summer.

Our stakeholders have requested that we delay the hosting of the virtual event to later in the spring term to enable them to use this event as a platform to disseminate the necessary information to support you and for questions to be asked.

As it will not be the sole responsibility of exams officers to manage and administer the final process, ‘entry’ to the conference will be opened up beyond our usual limit of one conference place per member centre, to encourage participation from your senior leaders and relevant teaching staff.

We will provide further updates once the revised date for the event has been agreed, however, in the meantime, please visit this page for the most up to date information regarding the rescheduled event.