The examination contingency plan/examinations policy should cover all aspects of examination administration. It will allow senior leaders to have a robust contingency plan in place, minimising risk to examination administration and any adverse impact on students, should the examinations officer be absent at a critical stage of the examination cycle.
In order to reduce bureaucracy and burden for schools and colleges a particular format or template will not be specified. We believe that senior leaders within schools and colleges are best placed to determine their own examination contingency plan/examinations policy.
The Joint contingency plan for the examinations system in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, which can be downloaded from Ofqual’s website,(https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/exam-system-contingency-plan-england-wales-and-northern-ireland) is a good starting point. It will provide a framework for senior leaders to build and shape a plan/policy in light of their local circumstances.