Exam boards: appeal to a tribunal against a fine

How to appeal against an Ofqual or Welsh Government fine imposed on your exam board for breaking your 'conditions of recognition'.

What you can appeal against

You can either challenge the decision to impose the fine, or the amount you’ve been asked to pay.

The fine will be put on hold until after the tribunal has considered your case.

Your case will be dealt with by a tribunal in the General Regulatory Chamber.

The tribunal is independent of government, and will listen to both sides of the argument before it reaches a decision.

Time limits for appealing

You have 28 days to appeal after the regulator sends you the fine.

If you miss the time limit, you can ask for more time to appeal. Explain why you’re late, and the tribunal will decide if it can still take your case.

How to appeal

Use the notice of appeal form and guidance leaflet.

Say why you think the decision to impose the fine was wrong or unreasonable.

Include any supporting documents, such as the notice from the regulator.

Send the form to or:

General Regulatory Chamber
HM Courts & Tribunals Service
PO Box 9300

Telephone: 0300 123 4504

Tribunal staff can explain how the process works, but they can’t give you legal advice.

What happens next

The tribunal will write to you about the next steps.

Find out more about General Regulatory Chamber hearings and decisions.

Legislation and rules

You can find the rules on appealing to the tribunal in section 23 of the Education Act 2011.

Read more detailed rules on how your case will be handled in the General Regulatory Chamber procedure rules.

Published 17 November 2014