The Exams Office, in partnership with The Learning and Skills Office, are hosting their inaugural annual Senior Leaders Exams Conference at the Coventry Building Society Arena, Coventry on Thursday 6 February.


The conference content will be tailored specifically to meet the needs of senior leaders in managing exams and assessments within their centre and effectively supervising and supporting their exams officer.

The benefits of attendance include:

  • presentations from high quality, experienced speakers
  • informative and interactive workshops
  • practical advice, hints and tips
  • acquiring the latest awarding body/JCQ information and updates to prepare you for the summer exam series and beyond
  • networking opportunities

Delegates will have access to 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. When booking their place, delegates will be able to select the workshops they would like to attend.

Refreshments, along with a buffet lunch, are provided at each event. A range of exams-related exhibitors will also be in attendance.

The content of the conference is different to the content covered in the spring senior leaders training. The conference covers the exam-related areas for which senior leaders have responsibility, whilst the training focuses upon the tasks which an exams officer must undertake before, during and after an exams series. This allows senior leaders to provide effective support and supervision for their exams officer to ensure a successful – and JCQ/awarding body compliant – summer exam series within their centre, and to consider contingency measures in the event of the absence of their exams officer.



The delegate rate to attend is £195+vat which includes refreshements, lunch, conference materials and access to the post-conference Virtual Conference which will include access to coverage of all workshops

Please note: As set out at the time of booking any cancellations made by Friday 17 January will be fully refunded. Cancellations after this date will not be refunded as delegate numbers are confirmed with the venue by this date.

National Senior Leader/Line Manager Exams Conference 2025


Date Location Venue Booking status
Thursday 6 February 2025 Coventry Coventry Building Society Arena Bookings to be taken from 1 November


Booking window

The booking portal for this conference will be opened on 1 November and closed once capacity is reached.

Any queries should be emailed to


Event format

Indicative timings for the conference are:

  • 8.00 onwards: Registration and refreshments
  • 9.00: Welcome & introductions
  • 9.15: The Exams Office update
  • 9.30: Keynote speech (TBC)
  • 10.00: Workshop 1
  • 10.55: Break
  • 11.25: Workshop 2
  • 12.20: Workshop 3
  • 1.15: Lunch
  • 2.00: Workshop 4
  • 2.55: Break
  • 3.10: Keynote speech
  • 3.45: Close



The Department for Education, Ofqual, JCQ and the major awarding organisations will be invited to deliver keynote speeches, presentations/workshops.

Delegates will have the opportunity to attend 4 presentations/workshops.

All workshops will be available to view via the Virtual Conference.

Key organisations/stakeholders will deliver presentations/workshops relevant to the senior leader/line manager role covering areas such as:

  • Effectively managing your exams officer (including utilising the Exams Officer Professional Standards)
  • Contingency planning
  • Exam policies
  • Candidate briefing
  • Dealing with instances of malpractice
  • What are special considerations and how to deal with special consideration applications
  • JCQ centre inspections



A range of organisations with exams-related products and the major awarding bodies will be invited to attend as exhibitors at the conference.


Senior Leader/Line Manager Virtual Conference 2025

The presentations at the National Senior Leader/Line Manager Exams Conference will be filmed and are available as part of the Virtual Conference by the end of February 2025.


How do I book my place?

Full details on how you can book your place at this conference will be available here from October 2024.


How do I cancel my place or amend the delegate who will be attending?

Full details on how to cancel your place will be available here from October 2024.


How long have I got to book my place?

The booking window for this conference will remain open until 29 November or until capacity is reached at each venue – whichever is earlier.


Will you be sending a delegate letter ahead of my attendance at a conference?

The delegate letters for this conference will be added to this page in December.

An email will be sent to all delegates at least 28 days before each conference to signpost to the delegate letter, and to provide a final opportunity to cancel your place without incurring a cancellation fee.