Exam changes 2020/2021

Training specifically designed for exams officers to focus upon exam changes for the 2020/2021 academic year and the impact upon their role and their centre

Autumn 2020 events 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 face coverings (pack of 10, a mixture of face mask coverings individually sealed)

 

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

  • The Actions for Autumn video training is now available (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 mid-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, or to purchase a Delegate Pack, please email Training@theexamsoffice.com

EXAM CHANGES 2020/2021

 

Each September/October, Exams Training host a series of events across the country developed specifically for exams officers focusing upon exam regulation changes for the new academic year and how these will impact upon your role in your centre.

Although these events are open to all exams officers, those who are new to the role may find some of the content challenging unless they have attended the new exams officer training or experienced at least one exams series.

Experts from The Exams Office will deliver content which prepares delegates for the 2020/2021 academic year, including a comprehensive summary of exams-related changes from key stakeholders including the JCQ, Ofqual, DfE and major awarding bodies.

This training event is an ideal opportunity to network with colleagues and ask our experts questions which are specific to your centre.

There will also be a demonstration of The Exams Office’s Online Portal which contains the Exams Policy Generator and Training and Assessment modules.

This events start at 9.15am (registration from 8.45am) and finishes no later than 4pm

 

Dates and Venues

This course is now only available via a series of videos on The Exams Office Online Portal

For more details please email Training@theexamsoffice.com

 

Cost

  • £195 – one delegate – for members of The Exams Office and OCR centres (non-discounted price £245)
  • £345 – two delegates (non-discounted price £445)
  • £475 – three delegates (non-discounted price £595)

Prices are exclusive of VAT.

This is a full day course with refreshments and lunch included.

Online training: If an online version of this training event is produced, it will be made available to all delegates. This includes those who cancel within 14 days of the event or fail to attend on the day.

Refunds cannot be given if a cancellation is made within 14 days of the event, however, course materials will be sent to delegates. For further information on our cancellation policy/refund process, please see our terms and conditions.

EXAM CHANGES 2020/2021 - JCQ, Ofqual, DfE & major awarding bodies

 

A full day course focusing upon the JCQ changes for the 2020/2021 academic year from the following publications:

  • General Regulations for Approved Centres
  • Instructions for conducting examinations
  • Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments (areas relevant to exams officers)
  • Suspected Malpractice Policies and Procedures (if published)
  • A guide to the special consideration process
  • Instructions for conducting non-examination assessments
  • Information for candidates – written exams, non-examination assessments, coursework, on-screen tests, Privacy Notice and Social Media

 

Stakeholder update for the 2020/2021 academic year

An update will be provided from key stakeholders (DfE, Ofqual and the awarding bodies) relating to examinations taking place during the 2020/2021 academic year.

 

The Exams Office support for exams officers

A guide to the latest information and resources available on The Exams Office website.

There will be an explanation of all, and a demonstration of some, of the following tools on The Exams Office’s Online Portal:

  • Invigilator Training and Assessment Module
  • New Exams Officer Training and Assessment Module
  • Senior Leader/Line Manager Training and Assessment Module
  • Exams Officer Digital Accreditation
  • Exams Timetable Tool
  • Key Dates Calendar Tool
  • Policy Generator Tool
  • Provisional Exams Timetable Tool
  • Online Handbook
  • Training Videos

 

The changes will be clearly explained by our presenters, with time also allocated to discuss the impact of these changes upon your centre with your peers.

Cost

  • £195 – one delegate – for members of The Exams Office and OCR centres (non-discounted price £245)
  • £345 – two delegates (non-discounted price £445)
  • £475 – three delegates (non-discounted price £595)

Prices are exclusive of VAT.

This is a full day course with refreshments and lunch included.

Refunds cannot be given if a cancellation is made within 14 days of the event, however, course materials will be sent to delegates. For further information on our cancellation policy/refund process, please see our terms and conditions.

 

Dates and Venues

This course is now only available via a series of videos on The Exams Office Online Portal

For more details please email Training@theexamsoffice.com

 

 

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Training Team

Jugjit Chima - Trainer

Jugjit served as Head of History, Head of Year and Head of Exams at two UK-based secondary schools for over a decade before being seconded to OCR as Support Materials Manager. Jugjit was appointed as Regional Manager (later National Manager) of the Department for Education’s (DfE) Exams Centre Support Team in 2008, and as a Prince2 practitioner, he also led on several UK government education-based projects.

After leaving the DfE, Jugjit served as National Education co-ordinator for the London-based Institute of Education, and Head of International Projects and Resources for Coventry University.

Jugjit formed The Exams Office in 2014, and with over 3800 school memberships, it is the largest exams-based support organisation in the UK. He is responsible for stakeholder engagement, operational delivery, strategic development, and produces exams-related articles which are published in the UK educational press. Jugjit heads the content development and acts as lead presenter at over 30 exams training events and conferences, including The Exams Office annual National Conferences - which are attended by over 2500 exams officers each year - and our international exams training event which takes places in November in Dubai.

In 2016, Jugjit formed Exams Training as the training section of The Exams Office to deliver quality and affordable exams-based training to UK and overseas centres.

Jean Passmore - Trainer

Jean has over 30 years’ experience working in education and the field of exams administration as a serving exams officer and exams manager in the Further Education sector. In 2004, Jean was appointed to the Department for Education’s (DfE) National Assessment Agency (NAA) as a Centre Support Officer within the North West of England, supporting new and experienced exams officers, continuing this role as part of the DfE’s Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) and the Exams Delivery Support Unit (EDSU). Jean managed numerous exams-based projects for the DfE, including content for training events, the new exams officer Induction Programme and support materials for the administration of GCSEs and GCEs.

Jean formed The Exams Office in 2014 and is the lead subject matter expert. She devises content for a range of support resources including good practice guides, checklists and templates. Jean develops and quality assures training materials and is part of the training team which delivers exams training to new and experienced exams officers. 

Ali Leather - Trainer

Ali Leather has been working in education and the field of exams administration for over twenty years. She currently works for OCR, the UK awarding body which is part of the Cambridge Assessment group. In her role as Customer Support Manager she plays a pivotal role in supporting schools and colleges to navigate the regulatory challenges and complexity of administering exams and assessments.

She has first-hand experience of the exams officer role having worked as an exams manager in both a further education college and a large secondary school – so she knows just how challenging and rewarding a role it can be! Ali first started supporting exams officers when, in 2004, she joined the Department for Education’s National Assessment Agency (NAA) as a Centre Support Officer. She left the NAA to complete a Master’s Degree in Australia at The University of Sydney and then returned to the UK where she joined OCR 13 years ago.