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Raising the profile of your exams officer

Your exams officer is one of the most important members of your whole-school team. Jugjit Chima discusses how you can raise the profile of your exams officer across the school.

With the exams budget being one of the largest in any school – averaging around £80,000 per school in 2011 – your exams officer is a pivotal member of staff. 

The role of exams officer is unique. It is not merely an administration post. Exams officers are required to manage the day-to-day logistics of internal and external exams, manage an exams department, line-manage, train and recruit staff, such as invigilators – all responsibilities which are often not reflected in the job title or status of the role.

In addition to this, exams officers are also required to have a thorough knowledge of the examination processes, specification content, annually updated rules and regulations, and interact with a range of stakeholders.

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