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Awarding qualifications in summer 2021: guidance and support materials

The following documents can be downloaded from the JCQ’s page containing guidance to support the awarding of general qualifications this summer


  • JCQ Guidance on the Determination of Grades for A AS Levels and GCSEs Summer 2021
  • JCQ Guidance for Students and Parents on Summer 2021
  • Summer 2021 Centre Policy Summary Online Form
  • A Guide to the Submission of Centre Policy
  • JCQ Summer 2021 Documents Change Log.


  • Summer 2021 JCQ Guidance - Centre policy
  • Summer 2021 JCQ Guidance - Assessment Record template
  • Summer 2021 JCQ Guidance - Head of Department checklist.

Grading supporting documentation:

  • Summer 2021 Grade Descriptors A-AS Levels
  • Summer 2021 Grade Descriptors GCSE
  • Summer 2021 JCQ Guidance – Worked Examples.

Further support materials:

  • Summer 2021 Private Candidates - FAQs
  • JCQ Interim Guidance for Private Candidate Centres
  • Retention of evidence - Summer 2021.

Ofqual information

Ofqual has also published some key documents related to awarding general qualifications:


Awarding of vocational and technical qualifications

JCQ members have been working to ensure that arrangements put in place for awarding vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs) this summer are fair and transparent and do not advantage or disadvantage vocational learners against their peers taking similar qualifications whether general or vocational.

Support materials to help with the administration of VTQs summer 2021 assessments can be found here

Ofqual has also published information regarding the awarding of VTQs this summer:


First published 19 April 2021

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NAHT Life gives you the opportunity to continue your membership of the biggest union for school leaders both in post and in retirement.


NAHT Life focuses on helping retired members receive excellent trade union services and allows you to continue to play an active volunteer role within NAHT regions and branches, if that’s what you choose to do!

Please note to qualify for the benefits of NAHT Life membership you must join NAHT life within six months of retiring. 

Please ensure NAHT has your correct post-retirement contact details.

NAHT is currently reviewing, renewing and refreshing its services to support NAHT life member.

The Life Members' Sector Council (LMSC)

Whether leaving a labour of love or embracing a life of leisure, there can be no doubt that retirement from school leadership marks a huge change in lifestyle. There will be adjustments to make, new challenges to take and a range of new opportunities. At a time like this, it is important that our experienced members do not lose all the support they received in their working life. Our life members’ committee is here to ensure members are supported in retirement.

This committee feeds its extensive wealth of experience and know-how to support the work of NAHT. It also gives our life members the chance to make important contributions to our campaigns for working members.  

The committee, which meets four times a year, is made up of one elected representative from each of our regions, with the addition of one place each for Northern Ireland and Wales. And these elected committee members, normally, serve a three-year term.

Areas of focus for the committee include the following: 

  • Current legislation issues eg pension provision
  • Action against discrimination, including age discrimination.
LMSC chair

John Killeen: john.killeen@nahtofficials.org.uk

Committee servicing officer

Andy Walls has the responsibility for working closely with the LMSC as servicing officer. He can be contacted via email andy.walls@naht.org.uk or on 01444 472457.

For further details and contact information about all current LMSC members please check out ‘Who’s who’ and the ‘List of LMSC members'.

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