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Latest information and updates from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ)

Latest information and updates from JCQ

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) is a membership organisation comprising the seven largest providers of qualifications in the UK offering GCSE, A level and vocationally related qualifications: AQA, CCEA, City & Guilds, Edexcel, OCR, SQA and WJEC.

JCQ undertakes a wide range of activities, such as the publishing of national GCSE and A level results in August; handling enquiries from examination officers; and publishing advice, guidance and regulations on delivering examinations, including the following:

  • Access arrangements, reasonable adjustments, and special consideration guidance and forms
  • Key exam dates and timetables
  • Malpractice guidance and declaration forms
  • Past GCE and GCSE examination papers
  • Post-results services.  


NAHT meets with the JCQ regularly along with other unions and professional associations, and the JCQ awarding organisations.

To keep up to date with any new guidance, research or information published by JCQ, sign up to their newsletter here.

Exams and awarding qualifications in summer 2022

The government has announced that exams will go ahead in summer 2022 with a number of mitigations to account for lost learning. If exams are cancelled, qualifications will be awarded through collecting evidence to form a grade.

  • JCQ has published guidance on how to use advanced information for the summer 2022 exam series. Advanced information will be published no later than 7 February 2022.
  • JCQ has published an FAQ document related to the DfE and Ofqual's guidance on contingencies for the summer 2022 series.


VTQs in 2022

  • JCQ has published a guide to the special consideration process for both General and Vocational Qualifications.
  • Both OCR and Pearson have set out guidance on how to manage January exams, including what to do if a student is unable to attend. You can find the guidance from OCR here, and the guidance from Pearson here.


For information and guidance from specific awarding organisations please see their respective websites:

First published 22 February 2022

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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 (National Executive member): john.killeen@nahtofficials.org.uk

LMSC vice-chair

Nigel Patton: nigel.patton@nahtofficials.org.uk

LMSC communications officer

Michael Wilson: Michael.wilson@nahtofficials.org.uk

LMSC deputy communications officer

Eugene Symonds: eugene.symonds@nahtofficials.org.uk

Committee servicing officer

Frances Geddes has the responsibility for working closely with the LMSC as servicing officer. She can be contacted via email frances.geddes@naht.org.uk.

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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