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:
- 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 JCQ regularly along with other school leader and teaching associations, and the JCQ awarding organisations.
Latest JCQ information
- JCQ has launched new video guidance for students focused on having mobile phones in examinations. We recommend that members share this with their students, perhaps as part of a school assembly or tutor time, to raise students awareness of the rules and regulations around having mobile phones in examinations.
- In response to the publishing of Ofqual's consultation into 'teacher involvement in developing exam papers and other confidential assessments', JCQ and its member-awarding organisations that offer GCSEs and GCEs in England, Cambridge Assessment International Education, International Baccalaureate Organization along with NAHT, AoC, ASCL, and HMC have released a statement outlining seven areas on which they will continue to collaborate to strengthen the system and build on the actions already taken by individual exam boards. See the full details.
- Recruitment of examiners is an ongoing process and all subjects were recruited sufficiently this year. JCQ is aiming to engage subject associations in examiner recruitment activity.
- An initial draft document has been produced to express the commitment to working together of JCQ, awarding organisations and teacher associations, in light of the ending of the standing joint councils.
- Malpractice is an ongoing concern and JCQ are considering what else can be done to prevent incidences of malpractice in schools and colleges.
First published 09 April 2018