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Northern Examinations and Assessment Board
Abbreviation NEAB
Purpose Examination board
Headquarters Manchester, UK
Region served
England, Wales and Northern Ireland

NEAB (Northern Examinations and Assessment Board) was an examination board serving England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is now part of AQA. For replacement certificates, verification of results services or confirmation of results to third parties, former NEAB students have to contact AQA.[1]

NEAB was formed by the merger of the Joint Matriculation Board (JMB) and the Northern Examining Association (NEA), which itself was an alliance of the Associated Lancashire Schools Examining Board, the Northern Regional Examinations Board, the North West Regional Examinations Board and the Yorkshire and Regional Examinations Board.

The board offered a variety of GCSE, A Level and other qualifications. Despite its name, schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland were able to choose any of the examination boards and NEAB established itself as the biggest board in the UK.

The NEAB entered into an alliance with AEB/SEG and to establish the examination syndicate known as the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA). The examination papers were dual-branded with both the AQA and NEAB names on the papers. However, all the examination certificates featured just the AQA name. Furthermore, the NEAB and AEB/SEG formally merged under the name AQA. As NEAB and AEB/SEG overlapped in the qualifications they offered, AQA retained two specifications for many subjects and do so until this day, with schools able to choose between the two.