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Welcome to

Supporting exams officers and data staff in their everyday roles


The Exams Office is an independent organisation offering the most comprehensive support available for new and experienced exams officers




The Exams Office has replaced the support previously provided by the Department for Education and is the fastest growing exams and data support organisation in the UK


To gain instant access to the 'members-only' sections of our website please acquire a centre membership today


To reveal our commitment to the exams officer community, The Exams Office is freezing membership rates at £95 (+VAT) for renewing members in 2015/16



Why join The Exams Office?


Delivering a new era of Exams Officer/Data Manager support The Exams Office...

  • is managed by ex-DfE staff with expertise in exams management and administration
  • works with all key stakeholders - including the major awarding bodies and JCQ - to deliver practical, everyday support to the exams officer community
  • not only offers support for Exams Officers, as from September 2014 we expanded to provide resources and monthly/termly updates for Data and Assessment Managers/staff.


We have filled the gap left by the Department for Education in support for the exams officer community and go even further by updating you weekly


Click on the links below for our weekly updates:



From September 2014 we enhanced our support offering for the 2014/15 academic year and now offer:


Additional support in the coming months included within your membership:

  • Policy Generator - for members to produce self-assessed exams-related exams polices and documents
  • Network Map - produced in conjunction with OCR, this will enable members to identify local networks to access peer support
  • Multi-user login - we will be the only exams-related support organisation offering an additional login to disseminate to colleagues in your centre
  • Provisional TImetable Tool - an online tool to help members tentatively plan for 2015/16 exams and contribute to JCQ consultation
  • Invigilation videos - a range of online clips in line with JCQ regulation to support members in the delivery of invigilation training. This will further supplement the most comprehensive library of invigilation support materials in the UK which is currently available on our website
  • Professional Development Programme (PDP) - a month-by-month guide to the exams officer role, 'success milestones/criteria', professional/career development, leading edge practice hints and tips
  • Exams Timetable Tool and Key Dates Calendar - updated and renewed for the 2015/16 academic year 
  • a major announcement of additional support in March 2015...more details to follow...

The Exams Office is the only exams-related organisation which offers this level of support to exams officers


To ensure that we meet your needs, and that membership to The Exams Office is a good use of your centre budget, compare what we offer to other exams organisations. If we meet your needs and support you in your everyday role, save you time and will save your centre money, then please join The Exams Office today by submitting a membership form for immediate access.


The Exams Office meets the everyday needs of the exams officer community at a cost of just £95* for a 12-month centre membership


Here are some of the comments we have received from exams officers about our support:

'Just want to say what a fantastic resource this website is. I've been in this role for almost 6 years and can honestly say this is the best 'aide' ever. Many thanks and keep up the excellent work'

Claire, Exams Officer at The Banovallum School, Horncastle

'Thank you so much for The Exams Office website. I use it regularly and find it incredibly useful. Keep up the good work please!' 

Jackie King, Exams Officer, Malvern, Worcestershire


The Exams Office also works in partnership with the major awarding bodies. We have signed an agreement to work closely with OCR and Pearson/Edexcel, which includes a reduced membership fee for any centres engaging in OCR or Pearson/Edexcel qualifications.

OCR released the following statement about the partnership with The Exams Office:

'As part of OCR's commitment to providing high quality support to the teaching and exam support staff in centres, we are pleased to announce we will be working in partnership with The Exams Office. This partnership will extend the existing range of support available to exam support staff and will help to ensure that this key role is fully informed in an ever changing environment. We are excited to be collaborating with The Exams Office and look forward to the year ahead.'



How do I become a member of The Exams Office?


To acquire membership please visit our Membership page. A 12-month membership is £195 (plus VAT), however, you will be eligible for a discounted 12-month membership of £95 (plus VAT)  if you:

  • engage in any Pearson/Edexcel qualifications, or
  • engage in any OCR qualifications, or
  • have attended - or are booked onto - any Regional Training Agency event in 2014/15


This is a centre membership, and therefore, can be utilised by an exams office assistant, your Data Manager/staff and members of your Senior Leadership Team. The Exams Office meets the needs of new and experienced exams officers, and data staff with practical everyday support.

We are confident that once you join The Exams Office, you will find that we deliver on our core principles which are to:

  • produce quality support materials produced by a team of exams/data experts,
  • save you time in your everyday role,
  • ease pressure on your school budget.



No other organisation/association compares to our support offering, but we urge you to compare The Exams Office to others claiming to offer day-to-day support before joining us


* £95 membership does not include VAT and is a discounted rate if you qualify based on the critria listed above. Full membership price is £195 (+vat)



The Exams Office takes no responsibility for any outcomes in schools/colleges as a result of the information provided on our website or within our documentation. It is the responsibility of schools/colleges to apply this information as they deem necessary within their own centre. You should always contact/refer to the relevant awarding body for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding their qualifications.

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