Working With Exam Centres

Updates for 2021

Who Can Submit Evidence?

The JCQ have released guidance on who can submit evidence to exam centres and how this should be treated. This is summerised below, but we recommend that you also read the full document here.

Who Submits Evidence How This Is Used
Tutor or organisation that has an established relationship with the exam centre Evidence & grade may be accepted (this goes through the center’s own QA process). Additional assessment may be required.
Education Organisation recognised by Ofsted or LEA Evidence & grade may be accepted (this goes through the center’s own QA process). Additional assessment may be required.
Tutor or organisation that does not have an established relationship with the exam centre Evidence may be used alongside center assessments. Cannot be used as sole evidence.
Parent, guardian, or other person with personal relationship. Evidence may not be used.
Independent work not set & marked by a tutor or organisation Evidence may not be used.

Funding for Assessment

On 15th March 2021, the DfE announced additional funding for students sitting GCSE & A Level exams (this does not apply to those resitting GCSE Maths / English, or sitting iGCSE or international A Levels)

We advise that you read the DfE guidance regarding the requirements for accessing grants here and ensure that you are following these should you be assessing students on behalf of an exam center.

It is at the discretion of the exam centre whether they will apply for any available grants, but you should be made aware of whether they intend to do so:
“They can also choose to provide some subjects within the grant, and others at a higher cost, if the centre feels it cannot deliver them within the criteria of the grant. Additionally, centres should not pass on additional charges to private candidates where they expect to receive a grant from the department which has not been paid or if payment has been delayed for any reason”

We strongly recommend that you have a written contract in place with exam centers prior to assessment where you are not assessing a student that you have a long term relationship with.