Senior Leaders/Line Managers

 

A two-part training programme specifically designed for Senior Leaders/Line Managers to ensure compliance with JCQ regulations within their centre, comprehensive preparation for the summer exams series, and effective support for their exams officer

Coronavirus

Booking update – Autumn/Winter 2020 events

 

Although bookings are currently being taken for our 2020/2021 training events, we appreciate that as a result of the current uncertainty, some delegates may be anxious about committing to attending events in autumn/winter 2020. To alleviate this, we have introduced the following measures:

 

  • For training events taking place in October, November and December 2020, invoices will not be sent to delegates until 8 weeks prior to the event
  • Payment will be due at least 14 days prior to the event
  • Upon receipt of the invoice, if a delegate does not wish to attend, they can cancel their place at no cost. We must be informed of any cancellation via email and at least 14 days prior to the event
  • If an event is cancelled at short notice due to government restrictions, delegates will be given the option to receive course materials and access the training via an online video at a cost of £95
  • If a delegate opt to access the online training video, and their invoice has been paid, the difference will be refunded or a £100 credit offered for a future training event – this must be taken within 12 months
  • Access to our online training videos will be password protected and available until end of February 2021.

SENIOR LEADERS/LINE MANAGERS

 

Exams Training deliver 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
  • 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

 

Dates & Venues

Autumn 2020 training – Exam changes and supporting your exams officer/managing exams in your centre

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Spring 2021 training – Getting ready for the summer exam series and complying with JCQ regulations

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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 exclude VAT.

Refreshments and lunch are included.

Online training: If online versions of these training events are produced, they 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

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 Exams 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

 

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 exclude VAT.

Refreshments and lunch are 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 & Venues

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Spring Training – Getting ready for the summer exam 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 2020 exams series. Delegates will also receive support in fulfulling 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 2020 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-Result Services’

  • Planning for Results Day(s)
  • Supporting your candidates with Enquiries about Results

 

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 exclude VAT.

Refreshments and lunch are 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 & Venues

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Training Team

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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.