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  • Schools funding system 'must be fairer'

    The key group pushing for a fairer funding system in England's schools says government plans for a funding shake-up need to be rethought.

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:19:36
  • 'More spent on free schools as older buildings deteriorate'

    The government has pledged billions for new free schools while existing school buildings in England are deteriorating, says the official spending watchdog. Repairing all school buildings to a satisfactory standard will cost an estimated £6.7bn, according to a National Audit Office report. Under government plans 833 free schools will open by 2021, costing £9.7bn.

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:43:14
  • Teacher shortage getting worse, say MPs

    The government is failing to take adequate measures to tackle "significant teacher shortages" in England, a committee of MPs has said.

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:21:27

Monthly Exams Update


The Exams Office produces a free-to-access monthly exams update. This details the main exams-related tasks and other information which is relevant to exams office staff.


As tasks vary dependent on the qualifications taken within your centre, the information contained within our update is issued for guidance only. This may not be a comprehensive list of exams-related tasks in your centre.



For previous month's exams update, please see our Exams Updates Archives page.


Download the February 2017 exams update (see link above) for more details on the following:


Message to our members


Key tasks for February






Exam time


Results and Post-Results


New Exams Officers



Key Documents (added during January)


Key Documents (to be added during February)


Exam Dates


Exams Timetable Tool

See our 'Exams Timetable Tool' - an online tool which can be filtered to identify exams taking place during the 2016/17 academic year. Click the logo below from 1 September to acquire the confirmed exam timetables from OCR, Pearson, WJEC & AQA.

A spreadsheet containing 2016/17 exam dates is also available on the 'Exams Timetable Tool' page of our website (this is available to members only).


Key Dates Calendar

Our 'Key Dates Calendar' is an online tool which lists the exam dates and deadlines as issued by the JCQ, OCR, Pearson, AQA and WJEC. Click the logo below from 1 September to acquire this key information in one, easy-to-use, time-saving tool.

A spreadsheet containing these 2016/17 exams dates and deadlines is now available on the 'Key Dates Calendar' page of our website.


Provisional Summer 2018 Exams Timetable Tool 

Our 'Provisional Summer 2018 Exams Timetable Tool', will be available in Mach 2017 via the logo below.

The 'Provisional Summer 2017 Exams Timetable Tool' contains the summer 2017 provisional exams timetable from the 4 major awarding organisations - OCR, Pearson/Edexcel. AQA and WJEC.


Network Map

In conjunction with OCR, The Exams Office have launched an exams 'Network Map'. It lists 96 network groups across England. For information of a network group near to you, click on the map below.


Data and Assessment


Latest Education News

We have the latest news relating to education and exams


Professional Development Programme

Information on our free-to-attend (for members) Professional Development Conferences

These conferences form part of our Professional Development Programme are held in January and July across England. 



The latest training events for exams officers and data staff


Awarding Body Updates

  • OCR - monthly update, training and customer support
  • Pearson/Edexcel - weekly update round-up and training
  • AQA - monthly update and key online information
  • WJEC - Online information  


Weekly Education Update


The Exams Office latest education news update is available via the link below:


This week’s news stories cover:

  • Ofqual announce further decisions on marking reviews and appeals
  • QTS status ‘will not be scrapped’
  • Business rate rise pushes school budgets to breaking point
  • Plans announced to launch ‘chartered teacher status’ in 2018
  • Just 54 citizenship teachers trained in 2015/16


Ofqual have produced 'postcards' to summarise the reforms being made to qualifications in England:

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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