JCQ statement - exam timetables for Summer 2016

There have been a number of articles in the media regarding the timetabling of this summer's exams. The JCQ have issued the following statement which clarifies the situation: 

"There has been a clear misunderstanding in some parts of the media as to how the GCSE and A level timetable is set and the impact religious events, such as Ramadan, Easter and Passover have on it. It is important to note that the timetable for 2016 was drafted over a year ago, is published, and won’t be changing."