Advice for Awarding Organisations
In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, here’s what to expect from us in the coming weeks and months.
We recognise and understand the enormous difficulty across the Exams sector. In these uncertain times, we’re committed to working hard to deliver exams where possible, while responding and adhering to the relevant Government and health authority guidance in all the countries we work in. Where it is not practical to continue exams as planned, we will work with you to prioritise the health and safety of candidates, staff and the wider community during the continually evolving situation.
If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions on how we can provide advice and support, please contact us.
Read our full corporate response, including a message from Chief Executive Sir Ciarán Devane.
Professional and University candidates
Where exams are going ahead, additional health and safety measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of candidates, in line with those issued by the World Health Organisation and local health authority guidance.
As the Covid-19 outbreak develops, we are hearing your messages about the significant disruption and uncertainty caused for your teachers, students and parents. Alongside our Exam Board partners and Ministries of Education, we will continue to provide up to date and clear guidance on school exams in your country. If you have any questions about the latest announcements from our Exam Board partners not to run international examinations in May/June 2020 worldwide, please contact your local British Council office, which can be found at the bottom of this page ‘British Council Worldwide’.
We know this is a challenging time for students, and how hard they have been working towards their exams. As ever, our number one priority is the safety and welfare of your candidates, and we will share more information as we receive it. For the most up to date information please refer to our Exam Board partners (links at the bottom of the page.)
To help improve the learning experience for students, more resources for teachers are now available through our dedicated resource Partner School Global Network platform. Please encourage all teachers at PSGN schools to actively make use of it.
Cambridge Assessment English candidates
In many countries the current Covid-19 situation means that the delivery of Cambridge English qualifications across our network has been suspended in line with the national health guidelines.
We are working closely with our valued partner, Cambridge Assessment English, to provide ongoing guidance to all those candidates and institutions affected. As ever, our number one priority is the health and safety of customers and staff.
Read the full Cambridge Assessment English response to Covid-19.
Your local British Council exams team will continue to provide regular updates on the status of exams, and we would also encourage you to check your local country websites for the most up-to-date information about alterations to the exam session calendar.
At this challenging time, there are still lots of innovative ways to prepare for exams and resources available to help do that. Teachers and learners will be able to find supporting materials through Cambridge Assessment English and your local British Council exam centre will share and give access to a range of useful resources for individual candidates and Addvantage members.
The thoughts of all of us here at the British Council are with you at this incredibly challenging time.