You may not be aware that the provisional timetables for the June 2011 series (14–19 qualifications) have been subject to more substantial change than usual.
The timetable window and the results dates are now a week later than published in the provisional timetables. This is in response to overwhelming feedback from centres and other external stakeholders.
The provisional timetables had originally been constructed to address concerns that the GCSE results date would be too close to the autumn term, as in 2009 and 2010. Unfortunately, the solution of bringing the schedule forward by a week introduced more issues than it addressed. In particular, the lateness of the Easter weekend meant that the proposed start date of the timetables would be unworkable for many centres. With this in mind, the awarding bodies proposed that the simplest way forward would be to revert to the 'traditional' scheduling.
This has been agreed and the timetable will now run from 16 May to no later than 29 June, with GCE and GCSE results being issued on 18 and 25 August respectively. The timetables are currently being redrafted to accommodate this change and will be available on the timetables and key dates page by the end of June. You may already be working to the provisional timetables which were published earlier this year, so please make sure that exams officers and affected teaching staff in your centre are aware of the changes.
We apologise for any inconvenience this unusual situation may have caused you. If you have any queries about the arrangements, please don't hesitate to call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.