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 at this link.
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.
JCQ appeals guidance for summer 2021
JCQ has published its 2021 appeals guidance which is a helpful guide to the appeals process this summer. It comes alongside a number of useful appendices with templates for various parts of the process as well as guidance covering academic judgements in appeals. You can find the latest JCQ guidance on submitting appeals here.
JCQ has published a student guide to appeals to help students to navigate the process alongside a more concise handout to illustrate the process.
For information and guidance from specific awarding organisations please see their respective websites:
First published 18 November 2021