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
2020 provisional exam timetable released: the awarding bodies have now published their provisional GCE and GCSE examination timetables for the June 2020 examination series. JCQ members strongly encourage schools and colleges to submit any comments or observations on the proposed timetabling arrangements for GCE and GCSE 2020. You can access all of the timetables and find details of how to respond here and the consultation closes on 30 April 2019.
- 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.
First published 09 April 2018