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About us

Ƶ believes that effective communicative and performance skills are life enhancing, know no bounds and should be within reach of us all.

We exist to promote and foster the best possible communicative and performance skills through assessment, content and training which is innovative, personal and authentic.

Ƶ, established in 1872, is a leading international awarding organisation, publisher and independent education charity. We specialise in the assessment of communicative and performance skills covering music, drama, combined arts and English language.

With over 850,000 candidates a year in more than 60 countries worldwide, Ƶ qualifications are specifically designed to help students progress. Our aim is to inspire teachers and learners through the creation of assessments that are enjoyable to prepare for, rewarding to teach and that develop the skills needed in real life.

Charitable and public benefit activities

Beyond its direct work in providing assessments in communicative and performance skills internationally, Ƶ has been involved in supporting a wide range of public benefit and charitable activities around the world. 

Why choose Ƶ?

Teachers and students choose Ƶ because:

  • we understand the transformative power of communication and performance
  • our qualifications help ensure candidates make progress by providing carefully levelled stepping stones that build confidence and enjoyment while continuing to extend and challenge
  • we aim to design assessments that have a positive impact on student learning, engagement and achievement
  • we encourage candidates to bring their own choices and interests into our exams — this motivates students and makes the assessment more relevant and enjoyable
  • our flexible exams give candidates the opportunity to perform to their strengths and interests
  • our qualifications are accessible to candidates of all ages and from all cultures
  • our highly qualified and friendly examiners are trained to put candidates at their ease and provide maximum encouragement.

Further information

Meet The Examiners

Ƶ is supported by its panels of highly qualified, friendly and expert examiners, trained to put candidates at their ease and provide maximum encouragement.

Ƶ Success Stories

Ƶ Success Stories share the experiences of teachers, learners and parents from around the world, focusing on how preparing for a Ƶ assessment has helped them to develop the skills they need in real life.

Ƶ Scholars

Each year, Ƶ supports the Ƶ Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance funding scholarships within their music and dance faculties.

Qualifications

Our qualifications help ensure candidates make progress by providing carefully levelled stepping stones that build confidence and enjoyment while continuing to extend and challenge.

Charitable activites

Ƶ has been involved in supporting a wide range of public benefit and charitable activities around the world.

Customer services

We value all feedback, and expressions of dissatisfaction are treated seriously and used as a tool to identify and implement service improvements.

Work with Ƶ

Learn more about the ways you can work with Ƶ.

Coronavirus update

Ƶ is committed to supporting the hard work of candidates and teachers around the world. The health and safety of all Ƶ candidates, examiners and staff is our absolute priority.

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