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 Level 2 Standard Invigilation Award
- 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
- Personal development courses and individual coaching support for exam officers and other exam centre staff.
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.
There’s been lots of interest in the new Level 2 Invigilation Award which has been developed by Exam Team Development in association with the EOA and awarding organisation Industry Qualifications. Find out here about the award and how ETD training can help your invigilators to gain it, or sign your invigilation team up for the qualification at www.examofficers.org.uk.
When Shhh is Not Enough
The booklet on managing candidate behaviour in exams, written by Anne Borrowdale and Barbara Wynn, has been extended and updated, and you can now buy it here as an ebook or print copy. Whether you’re an individual invigilator, or in charge of a school or college invigilation team, When Shhh is Not Enough is a must-have guide!
Invigilation Training and guidance
The Examination Officers’ Association have produced a new DVD about invigilation, now available from www.examofficers.org.uk. ETD was invited to take part in the filming, and to write a guide to using selected parts of the DVD in an invigilator training session. Read more about it here.
Season’s Greetings from Exam Team Development
Lots of you are using our light-hearted “Bird Quiz” in invigilator training. ETD has several different ways of bringing it into the training we run in exam centres. Here is one activity based on it which we’re happy for you to use.
Or give us a call on 01865 395210 or 07786994866 to discuss how our active invigilator training sessions can benefit your team.
We haven’t yet got the date when the new training DVD we told you about in July will be available, but if you’re looking for a fresh approach for your invigilator training this autumn, contact ETD to see what we can offer. We still have some dates available.
We know a lot of Exam Officers have enjoyed using our entertaining “Bird Quiz” in training sessions, because it also gets people thinking. See our blog entry Under Orders for another free, light-hearted resource which could be used to help invigilators think about their duties and priorities. We think Exam Officers will appreciate point 3.
New fee structure
Are you part of a small exam team? We’ve changed our fee structure to a per person basis, to make our training more accessible to smaller exam teams. We will run a half day session at your centre for only £22 per person (for between 10 and 15 participants) plus travel. For centres which are members of the Examination Officers’ Association, the cost is only £20 a head. Phone Barbara Wynn now on 07786 994866 to discuss what ETD can do for you.
Good luck to students receiving A level and GCSE results this month, and good luck to Exam Officers making sure students’ results get delivered to them. We know how much work goes on behind the scenes and on the day.
We can finally reveal the two, linked, major projects we’ve been working on over the last couple of months:
We’re very excited to be collaborating with the Examination Officers’ Association to produce a new DVD for training exam invigilators. Filming takes place this month, and it’s hoped that the DVD will be available from September. Watch this space!
While the DVD stands alone, it will also link to an invigilation qualification which we’re also helping to design. This will have an online assessment unit to be accessed free on the EOA website. Taking the qualification will be a way for invigilators to gain and develop their knowledge and skills for the exam hall, and will assist exam officers in their recruitment and training of invigilators. It could also be a first step for those interested in becoming exam officers. We’ll provide up to date details here, or there’ll be news of developments on the EOA website.
Finally, invigilators whose exam centre has EOA membership, can now be Affiliate Members. This gives them access to information, resources and their own place in the EOA community.
Which GCSEs engage candidates the most, regardless of grades, and does it mean anything? See our latest blog.
The Independent on Sunday reports that 45,000 students were found cheating in coursework and exams. Read our latest blog entry
Our blog page brings you reflections on news stories, books and general interest items relating to exams, invigilating, and training ideas. We’ve also just opened a Twitter account so we can share links and stories more easily and contribute to wider debates on exams and education. Follow us @ExamTD
“The long arm of the cheat” Read our latest blog entry
What have gorillas got to do with invigilating exams? Read our latest blog entry
ETD was on the road in October and November, providing our “taster workshops” to exam officers attending BTec courses in London, Northampton and Manchester. We enjoyed working with lots of different exam officers, and hearing about the different ways they manage their work and their invigilators. Their feedback is already helping us to develop new aspects to our training.
We have also met positive and enthusiastic invigilators and exam officers as we’ve run training sessions from Brighton to Birmingham.
Barbara Wynn also attended the Stakeholder meeting organised by the Examination Officers Association on December 6th . This was a valuable opportunity for ETD to network and discuss issues with participants representing many varied aspects of the exam system.
Dates for the BTec courses (see below) have been confirmed, and ETD will be attending those in Bristol (24th October), London (25th and 26th October) and Manchester (25th November) to do “taster” workshops. We hope to see some of you there.
Count your chickens? We’ve light-heartedly divided invigilators into four “bird types”, and you can find out what you are by taking our great new quiz!
This Autumn sees the launch of an exciting pilot project, as ETD run free Taster Sessions for Exams Officers doing the online BTEC course run by the Examination Officers’ Association. One session will be on “Personal Development”, and the other on “Getting the most out of your exam team”. The tasters are designed to be fun, as well as useful, and will help us develop and improve our services for the exam community.
Invigilator Training becomes Exam Team Development. To mark the fact that our work is now much more than simply training invigilators, as of July 4th 2011 we have changed our name to Exam Team Development.
Exam Team Development‘s Anne Borrowdale, has an article in the Times Educational Supplement 24th June, relating the trade secrets of the invigilator.
Invigilator Training is working with the Examination Officers’ Association – the professional body representing the exams office community in schools and colleges – to cooperate in the provision of appropriate support and training for invigilators.