Raising the profile of your examinations officer is key to achieving a successful and problem-free exam series in your school, explains Jugjit Chima

The role of exams officer is misunderstood in many schools. It is sometimes mistaken as being purely an administrative role, and although there are numerous aspects of administration attached to the post, exams officers undertake a range of tasks that are more complex than many imagine.

Very often, the exams office is a “single-person” department, and therefore there can be little or no peer support. Exams officers are not only required to manage the day-to-day logistics of internal and external exams, but they may also be managing a department like many other heads of department within a school.

There may be no teaching or learning responsibility, but management skills are still required in order to manage, train and recruit staff, such as invigilators, engage with a range of internal and external stakeholders, adhere to strict rules and regulations – which are updated annually – and ensure that your school passes an annual inspection.

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