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
JCQ will be releasing further support material around malpractice in the run-up to the 2018 exam series. 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
- GCSEs and GCE qualifications update:
- Concerns were raised about setting grade boundaries for the new GCSE science specification and JCQ confirmed that a communication on this will to go before the exams series starts
- Entry figures for GCSE and A level will be released in May. There is an anticipation of a continuing decline in AS. The advanced maths premium might have an impact
- The draft common timetable for 2019 has been released for consultation – the challenge is avoiding clashes, which is particularly hard during reforms. An additional contingency day has been added
- Examiner Capacity & Culture Group – the work of this group, of which NAHT is a part, was launched over a year ago. A meeting is planned after Easter to take this forward.
Provisional June 2019 timetable
JCQ members have released the common provisional timetable for GCE and GCSE examinations, June 2019 examination series. The awarding bodies will be using the common provisional timetable, as collectively agreed by AQA, CCEA, OCR, Pearson and WJEC, to publish their provisional GCE and GCSE examination timetables online.
Individual timetables are available on awarding organisations' websites for consultation. On the JCQ's website, there is a list of the factors taken into consideration when constructing the timetable.
For 2019, a contingency day has been added to the timetable – this might not be used, but there is a possibility that if there is a crisis, that day may be used for an exam. As such schools, colleges and students need to be aware that the timetable could change and students can be expected to sit an exam on any day over the exam period.
If your heads of centre, senior leaders or heads of subject have any comments or observations regarding the proposed timetabling of GCE and GCSE examinations next summer, June 2019 examination series, these should be sent no later than 30 April 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Wednesday 14 August 2019 – restricted release of GCE results to centres only
- Thursday 15 August 2019 – release of GCE results to candidates
- Wednesday 21 August 2019 – restricted release of GCSE results to centres only
- Thursday 22 August 2019 – release of GCSE results to candidates