The Exams Office delivers two courses during each academic year which are designed specifically for Senior Leaders/Line Managers. These courses reflect the importance – and responsibilities – of Senior Leaders in the management of examinations in their centre, with a focus upon key areas at particular times during the academic year.

Both courses aim to support senior leaders who have line management for exams/exams officers, or have responsibility for implementing effective exams-related practices in their centre, or for those who must plan for the absence of their exams officer during key exam periods.

Both courses aim to support senior leaders who:

  • have line management responsibility for exams/exams officers
  • have responsibility for implementing effective exams-related practices in their centre
  • must plan for the absence of their exams officer during key exam periods

The experts who developed The Exams Office are responsible for course content and delivery. They have experience as members of SLT, devising and delivering DfE exams policies and initiatives, leading government exams support field teams, and creating good practice exam guides which are followed by more than 3800 schools/colleges. The team also consists of awarding body personnel and ex-JCQ inspectors. They will also be available throughout the day to answer your questions.

All courses contain a range of table-based activities to aid understanding, share good practice and network with colleagues.

 

All events start at 9.15am (registration from 8.45am) and finish by 4pm

Exam changes and supporting your exams officer/managing exams in your centre

Autumn Training 2020: Dates and Venues 

 


Getting ready for the summer exams series and complying with JCQ regulations

Spring Training 2021: Dates and Venues

Autumn 2020 update

 

Following the government announcement on 22 September that conferences and exhibitions will not reopen from 1 October, the venues hosting our autumn training have taken the decision to cancel all of our autumn events. These include:

  • Actions for Autumn – New exams officers
  • Exam changes 2020/2021 – Exams office staff
  • Exam changes 2020/2021 – Senior leaders and line managers

We would like to apologise to all delegates who had booked onto these training events and offer the following alternatives:

  • Option 1 – A full refund of £195 (+ vat)
  • Option 2 – Purchase of a Delegate Pack and a £50 (+ vat) refund.

The Delegate Pack will include:

  • Access to both the new exams officer Actions for Autumn and Exam Changes 2020/2021 videos – these will be PIN number protected.
  • A booklet containing the relevant slide set for the event originally booked
  • JCQ Instructions for conducting examinations booklet (1 copy)
  • The Exams Office documents:
    • Policy checklist (2 copies)
    • Invigilator training record (2 copies)
    • Exam room checklist/incident log (2 copies)
  • Exams Desk Diary (2 copies)
  • Exams Wall Planner (2 copies)
  • TEO facemasks (pack of 10, individually sealed)

 

PIN numbers will be emailed to delegates once the videos are available on our Online Portal.

  • The Actions for Autumn video training will be available in mid-October (please note that the Actions for Autumn video training content has been slightly reduced from the face-to-face version)
  • The Exam Changes 2020/2021 video training will be available in early November. A follow-up ‘Questions and Answers’ video will also be available in early December.

 

Delegates who had booked onto these events have been emailed. However, if you would like more information please email Training@theexamsoffice.com

Cost

No. of delegates Discounted price Non-discounted price
1 £195 £245
2 £345 £445
3 £475 £595
  • Discounted prices apply to members of The Exams Office and OCR centres
  • Discount applies to attendance at one event
  • Prices are exclusive of VAT

Autumn Training – Exam changes and supporting your exams officer/managing exams in your centre

Course content (illustrative only)

JCQ changes and educational reforms which impact upon exams in your centre

An in-depth look at JCQ/Ofqual and DfE exams-related changes for the new academic year in the following JCQ publications from the perspective of a Senior Leader/Line Manager:

  • General Regulations
  • Instructions for conducting examinations
  • Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments

Planning for the new academic year – Supporting your exams officer in completing key tasks

  • The JCQ Centre Admin Portal (CAP)
  • JCQ centre inspections
  • Ofqual and DfE updates
  • JCQ Independent Malpractice Commission report
  • Online support from The Exams Office
  • The Exam Cycle
  • The Exams Officer role
  • Building your centre’s annual exams plan
  • Briefing candidates and staff
  • Exams policies – producing/reviewing/updating policies required for JCQ inspection purposes
  • Contingency planning – exam time and non-exam time

 


 

Spring Training – Getting ready for the summer exams series and complying with JCQ regulations

Course content will focus upon supporting your exams officer in completing key tasks in the build up to and during the summer exams series. Delegates will also receive support in fulfilling the exams officer role in the event of the absence of their exams officer.

Course content (illustrative only)

  • Online tools to help you safeguard the examination process in your centre
  • Main regulation changes which impact upon the summer 2021 exams series
  • Your role in supporting your exams officer in undertaking/completing the following key tasks:

Entries

    • Late entries/actions following entry submission

The pre-exams period – ensuring effective planning

    • Access arrangements – planning for and managing access arrangements during this summer’s exams period
    • Preparing candidates, parents and staff
    • Rooming, timetabling and seating plans
    • Storing confidential materials

Contingency Planning

    • Planning for the unexpected during the exam series

Preparing for each exam day(s)

    • The exam room
    • The role of invigilators
    • Dealing with emergencies
    • Dealing with malpractice
    • JCQ rules and regulations in the conducting of examinations

Ensuring that your centre passes the JCQ inspection

    • Preparing for the full centre inspection
    • Exam policies required for JCQ inspection purposes

Administering exam results and understanding ‘Post-Results Services’

    • Planning for Results Day(s)
    • Supporting your candidates with Reviews of Results