Rules and Regulations

rules and regsExamination Board Rules And Regulations

All external examinations are governed by regulations issued by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ). The JCQ has produces a series of documents for candidates which make very clear what is and is not allowed in relation to Controlled Assessments, Coursework, On-Screen Tests, written examinations, and social media.  They also issue a privacy notice which explains how your personal information is used.

http://www.jcq.org.uk/exams-office/information-for-candidates-documents

Students must be very careful to ensure their use of social media does not create a malpractice concern.  We all like to talk about our examinations but in some situations doing so publicly could get students into trouble.  Please see the following document for more information:

http://www.jcq.org.uk/exams-office/information-for-candidates-documents/information-for-candidates—social-media

Students are strongly advised to read the JCQ documents linked above to ensure that they do not inadvertently break any rules or gain any unfair advantage. Invigilators are instructed to record and report any unfair practice. The school will always report any malpractice to the relevant Awarding Body; we are not entitled to exercise leniency where we believe regulations have been breached even if we believe no advantage has been gained, or that students acted with the best of intentions.  Students are given advice about malpractice via student planners, assemblies and in their exam-entry packs.  Further information about malpractice is available here:

http://www.jcq.org.uk/exams-office/malpractice

Students are also advised to read the ‘Warning’ and ‘Information’ posters posted outside every examination room. Electronic equipment in any form, including Mobile Phones, MP3/4 players, fitness trackers and smart watches are NOT ALLOWED in the examination room. Failure to observe the rules can result in disqualification from one or more examination subjects.  Copies of the posters are available here:

http://www.jcq.org.uk/exams-office/exam-room-posters

 Appeals Process

If you think that an error has been made in any of the following areas, then there is a appeals process which is available to you.  Use it, if you think:

  • we have failed to assess work correctly
  • we have failed to plan and make appropriate access arrangements for assessments or examinations (we always write to students and parents to tell them what arrangements we are planning to make each exam season; you need to tell us as soon as possible before an exam if you think we have made a mistake)
  • we have declined to make an application for special consideration when you believe we should have agreed to make such an application
  • the outcome of an awarding body’s post-results service (such as a review of marking) was incorrect and should be challenged with an appeal
  • the outcome of an awarding body’s malpractice investigation was incorrect and should be challenged with an appeal
  • the outcome of an awarding body’s special consideration process was incorrect and should be challenged with an appeal
  • any other situation where you believe the school needs to think again about an assessment, examination or related decision

If you think this applies to you, please use the WHS assessment appeals policy and form and, particularly in the case of centre assessed marks, contact us as soon as possible in order that we can conduct a review before it is too late.  Very little time is available between the completion of some pieces of centre-assessed work and the submission of marks.  We will do our best to communicate the marks to you in a timely way, but you may need to respond quickly if you think that an error has occurred.