There have been GCSE exams in some subjects in November 2012 and more GCSE and GCE subjects will be sat in January 2013. At this time of year it is possible that severe weather could cause disruption to exams in some schools and colleges.
Centres should prepare plans for any disruption to exams as part of their general emergency planning and make sure that staff are familiar with the plan. They should also think about how they plan to communicate with students, parents and staff in the event of any disruption to exams. If the head of centre decides the centre is unable to open for scheduled exams they should tell their awarding organisations as soon as possible. Awarding organisations will be able to offer advice about alternative arrangements that may be available and options for students who have not been able to take scheduled exams.
The qualifications regulators, awarding organisations, and government departments responsible for education have an agreed a contingency plan for the exams system to safeguard the interests of candidates while maintaining the integrity of assessments and qualifications. The plan describes the responsibilities of exams centres and awarding organisations in the event of disruption.