The awarding bodies have designated Wednesday 26 June 2019 as a ‘contingency day’ for examinations in line with the qualification regulators’ document, Exam system contingency plan: England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
A contingency day would be used in the event of national or local disruption to examinations in the United Kingdom. Centres must remind candidates they must remain available until the contingency day.
The common structure of the general qualification timetable is agreed by all the JCQ awarding bodies and many factors are considered. We do not timetable examinations for weekends, bank holidays or school holidays, and religious festivals are taken into account wherever possible. We also use ‘clash statistics’ from previous series to avoid major clashes and feedback from centres to identify significant problems.
The provisional timetables are produced approximately a year before an examination series and then centres have an opportunity to comment. If we do not receive any feedback, we assume centres are happy with the timetables. Feedback should be sent to JCQ or OCR as appropriate as shown in the following table: