Exam Team Development is a social enterprise which trains and supports exam centre staff in UK schools, colleges and training organisations, so that they can deliver the best possible exam experience for their students. ETD offers:
- Training for invigilators including those taking the IQ Invigilation Awards
- An innovative Active Invigilation Training session focusing on observation skills, vigilance and candidate management
- Training for senior invigilators
- Support and training for exam centre staff in managing invigilation teams
We continue to develop new training and support services in partnership with registered charity the EOA, and offer special discounts to EOA members. Benefits of EOA membership include the Exams Oracle management tool, peer support forums and networking tools
Best wishes to exam officers on results days, and we hope you’ve had a good summer break too.
The new ICE booklet is out, and studying it from an invigilation point of view is always a highlight of our summer! We’ve summarised key changes here. There aren’t many of them this year, although we note JCQ have tightened up a number of regulations to do with Access Arrangements.
We like to keep a current exam hall perspective in our training, so ETD co-director Anne Borrowdale has been doing her share of invigilating in May and June. We’ll be looking at any new invigilation issues thrown up this year, so we can reflect them in our training programme.
We’ll also look at what invigilation issues are thrown up by the Examination Officer Association’s annual survey. This is open to both members and non-members, and you have until 23rd July to take it. All feedback is useful, whether your exam season went better, worse or just the same as previous years.
We’re drawing breath after a very busy spring. We’ve been impressed by the dedicated exam officers and invigilation teams we’ve met through our training sessions. It’s been a privilege to help them build on their skills and strengthen their teamwork. Our best wishes to everyone for the summer exams.
Know you’re planning invigilator training for late June/early July, but no time to think about details? You can ask us to reserve the date for you and confirm nearer the time.
Barbara Wynn and a briefcase full of ETD training materials sets off for Johannesburg, to run the workshop mentioned below on “Effective Invigilation in the 21st century”. It’s an exciting extension of our work, and it’s had us preparing new activities which we’ll be including in our usual programmes.
Andrew Harland, from our partners the Examination Officers’ Association, is flying out with Barbara, as the EOA are also involved with the conference.
ETD goes international! We were excited to get an invitation to contribute to a conference in South Africa on Combating Education Irregularities and Examinations Fraud. Barbara Wynn will be going to Johannesburg in April to speak about effective invigilation, and to work with exam managers on their own invigilator training.
We’re also getting booked up in the UK, with centres wanting training before the main exam season starts in May. So don’t delay, get in touch now to see what we can do for you.
A Happy New Year to the exam community.
We have a winner for our competition to win a free ETD Basic Invigilator Training Session. It’s Eckington School, Derbyshire. Congratulations, and we look forward to working with you.
For those who didn’t win, our training is great value, so do get in touch to see what we can do for you.
Could it be Christmas? We’ve just sent out details of a fantastic new competition for our newsletter subscribers: the prize is a free ETD basic training session, normally priced from £175 – all you pay for is our travel costs! Full terms & conditions here
If you’re not already signed up, click the link on the right to subscribe. We’ll send the newsletter, with details of how to enter the competition, to anyone who subscribes before Thurs 9th January 2014.
And with our Seasons’ Greetings, here’s more from Evie the Exam Officer:
Congratulations to invigilators at Coombe Dean School Plymouth, who are the first to achieve the new IQ invigilation qualifications which ETD helped to create. Read the full story here.
We’ve spent the summer working on the IQ Invigilation Awards. We’re grateful to the exam centre which piloted the Standard Invigilation Award and gave us lots of positive and helpful feedback which we’ve now incorporated into the award. Contact the Examination Officers Association to register your team for this valuable qualification. We’ve also completed work on both the Senior Invigilation Award and the Managing Invigilation Award, and the EOA is organising centres to pilot both of these as well.
With end of year exams becoming even more important, having a reliable and well-trained invigilation team is a must. Get in touch to see how ETD can refresh your training sessions this autumn with our practical, informative and enjoyable training.
We’ve been eagerly studying the ICE booklet to see what’s new for invigilating GCSEs, GCEs and similar qualifications for 2013-2014. If you run exams under Joint Council for Qualifications regulations, we know you and your team will be studying the booklet yourselves, but feel free to whet everyone’s appetite with our summary of 10 key changes which are coming in on 1st September.
The end of this summer’s exams is already on the horizon. Why not book an ETD training session before the end of term, to help your exam team reflect on how things went and to develop and build on their skills for next time? Participants consistently rate our training as excellent or very good, and exam officers say it makes a real difference to their team.
News items from before June 2013 have been archived