Exams guidance

Guidance for conducting exams in your school or college, including how to arrange for invigilation and what to do if you suspect malpractice.

Exams information from all the awarding bodies is published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).


Preparation 

Prepare for exams season with our video and accompanying PowerPoint slides on planning and conducting exams, including invigilation and what to do if the unexpected happens.

Video ¦ Slides 

Regulations

JCQ has set common regulations for schools and colleges that enter students for general qualifications. These regulations:

  • are re-issued each academic year
  • set out the key administrative requirements
  • reference the national agreements on the conduct of exams and special arrangements for individuals with particular requirements.

Supplementary regulations exist for overseas centres and for private candidates.

Conducting exams

Instructions for conducting exams within your school or college is available on the JCQ website.

JCQ Instructions for conducting examinations

Malpractice and irregularities

Read our malpractice page for more information on making an allegation and whistleblowing. You can also find shared information and guidance on malpractice and irregularities on the JCQ and Ofqual websites.

JCQ Malpractice

Ofqual Plagiarism guide for teachers


Centre inspection

We administer the JCQ Centre Inspection Service which inspects schools and colleges in England and Scotland offering GCSE, A-level, ELC, Basic Skills, Key Skills, Functional Skills and Diploma Principal Learning exams and assessments on behalf of the JCQ awarding organisations.

Please use the JCQ alternative site form to let your exam board and the JCQ Centre Inspection Service team know if you will be conducting exams at a different site.

JCQ Alternative Site Form and Guidance Notes

Becoming an inspector

Are you an ex-exams officer interested in becoming a JCQ Inspector? Please read the job description and person specification. If you meet the criteria contact us on 01483 556271 for further information and an application form.

JCQ Inspector - job description and person specification


Invigilation

You can find details about invigilation arrangements in schools and colleges in JCQ's Instructions for conducting examinations.

Information about the recruitment and training of invigilators is available on the Department for Education's website.

Department for Education invigilation guidance


Standing Joint Committee

Each awarding organisation has an independent Standing Joint Committee. They provide a formal feedback mechanism for teachers to share comments and concerns about exam papers and exam administration.

Read more about the Standing Joint Committee for AQA