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  • Formal testing of pupils on the rise as schools prepare for new cliff-edge exams

    Pupils are facing a significant increase in formal testing throughout their time at secondary school, it has emerged, as a leading academic warns of the “dangerous” unreliability of such assessment. According to the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), the government’s GCSE and A-level reforms have sparked a “big shift” towards the use of more internal formal exams for all year groups in secondaries. Under the qualfication reforms, coursework has been reduced or removed and greater emphasis is placed on exams.

    Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:43:07
  • Exams focus 'harms' pupils' health

    Too much focus on exams is damaging pupils' mental health and self-esteem in England's schools, a report says. The National Union of Teachers' report says pupils are developing stress-related conditions linked to testing. Based on a survey of 8,000 teachers and a review of research, the report says drilling for tests has narrowed what children are learning.

    Sat, 04 Jul 2015 17:54:46
  • Six new statistics that suggest teacher shortages are increasing

    Teacher shortages are worsening, new government figures released today reveal. They show that the number of teacher vacancies in England's state funded schools shot up by a by more than a third in a single year. This comes despite the number of primary teachers climbing by 6,000 between November 2013 and November 2014 to 215,500. But in secondaries, beginning to be hit by the bulge in pupil numbers, the number of teachers has fallen from 214,200 to 213,200

    Fri, 03 Jul 2015 08:57:49

Welcome to TheExamsOffice.org

Supporting exams officers and data staff in their everyday roles

 
 

The Exams Office is an independent organisation offering the most comprehensive support available for new and experienced exams officers

 

We work in collaboration with major awarding organisations - including OCR and Pearson - and the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) 

 

 

The Exams Office has replaced the support previously provided by the Department for Education and is the fastest growing exams and data support organisation in the UK

 

To gain instant access to the 'members-only' sections of our website please acquire a centre membership today

 

To reveal our commitment to the exams officer community, The Exams Office is freezing membership rates at £95 (+VAT) for renewing members in 2015/16

 

Membership includes FREE attendance to our annual Professional Development Conference

(see the main menu for details)
 

 

Why join The Exams Office?

 

Delivering a new era of Exams Officer/Data Manager support, The Exams Office...

  • is managed by ex-DfE staff with expertise in exams management and administration
  • works with all key stakeholders - including the major awarding bodies and JCQ - to deliver practical, everyday support to the exams officer community
  • not only offers support for Exams Officers, as from September 2014 we expanded to provide resources and monthly/termly updates for Data and Assessment Managers/staff.

 

Click on the links below for our exams and education updates:

 

 

From September 2014 we further enhanced our support and now offer:

 

In recent months, or to be added in the coming months, the following is also included within your membership:

  • Policy Generator - further JCQ-required policies and documents to be added in June/July 2015
  • Provisional TImetable Tool - an online tool to help members tentatively plan for 2015/16 exams and contribute to JCQ consultation - ADDED MARCH 2015
  • Invigilation videos - a range of online clips in line with JCQ regulation to support members in the delivery of invigilation training. This will further supplement the most comprehensive library of invigilation support materials in the UK which is currently available on our website - TO BE ADDED SEPTMEBER 2015
  • Professional Development Programme (PDP) - a month-by-month guide to the exams officer role, 'success milestones/criteria', professional/career development, leading edge practice hints and tips - TO BE ADDED SEPTEMBER 2015
  • Exams Timetable Tool and Key Dates Calendar - updated and renewed for the 2015/16 academic year - TO BE ADDED SEPTEMBER 2015
 
 ...plus FREE attendance to our 2015/16 Professional Development Conference.
 

The Exams Office is the only exams-related organisation which offers this level of support to the exams office community

 
 
 
By submitting a membership form for instant access, not only are gaining immediate support in your everyday role, you are also saving time, and easing the pressure on your school budget.

 

The Exams Office meets the everyday needs of the exams officer community at a cost of just £95* for a 12-month centre membership

 

Here are some of the comments we have received from exams officers about our support:

'Just want to say what a fantastic resource this website is. I've been in this role for almost 6 years and can honestly say this is the best 'aide' ever. Many thanks and keep up the excellent work'

(Claire, Exams Officer at The Banovallum School, Horncastle)

'Thank you so much for The Exams Office website. I use it regularly and find it incredibly useful. Keep up the good work please!' 

(Jackie King, Exams Officer, Malvern, Worcestershire)

 

The Exams Office also works in partnership with the major awarding bodies. We have signed an agreement to work closely with OCR and Pearson/Edexcel, which includes a reduced membership fee for any centres engaging in OCR or Pearson/Edexcel qualifications.

OCR released the following statement about the partnership with The Exams Office:

'As part of OCR's commitment to providing high quality support to the teaching and exam support staff in centres, we are pleased to announce we will be working in partnership with The Exams Office. This partnership will extend the existing range of support available to exam support staff and will help to ensure that this key role is fully informed in an ever changing environment. We are excited to be collaborating with The Exams Office and look forward to the year ahead.'

 

 

How do I become a member of The Exams Office?

 

To acquire membership please visit our Membership page. A 12-month membership is £195 (plus VAT), however, you will be eligible for a discounted 12-month membership of £95 (plus VAT) if you:

  • engage in any Pearson/Edexcel qualifications, or
  • engage in any OCR qualifications, or
  • have attended - or are booked onto - any Regional Training Agency event in 2014/15

 

This is a centre membership with an additional login facility, and therefore, can be utilised by an exams office assistant, your Data Manager/staff and members of your Senior Leadership Team. The Exams Office meets the needs of new and experienced exams officers, and data staff with practical everyday support.

We are confident that once you join The Exams Office, you will find that we deliver on our core principles which are to:

  • produce leading edge support materials produced by a team of exams/data experts,
  • save you time in your everyday role,
  • ease pressure on your school budget.

 

 

* £95 membership does not include VAT and is a discounted rate if you qualify based on the critria listed above. Full membership price is £195 (+vat)

 

 

The Exams Office takes no responsibility for any outcomes in schools/colleges as a result of the information provided on our website or within our documentation. It is the responsibility of schools/colleges to apply this information as they deem necessary within their own centre. You should always contact/refer to the relevant awarding body for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding their qualifications.
 


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