Best Practice

Supporting your exams officer

Despite the significance of the exams officer role within secondary schools, they often do not receive the support they should. Jugjit Chima offers some advice to school leaders

On the first page of the Joint Council for Qualifications’ (JCQ) Instructions for Conducting Examinations booklet, it states: “The head of centre is responsible to the awarding bodies for making sure all examinations/assessments are conducted to (the) instructions and the qualification specifications issued by the awarding bodies.”

In reality, it is highly unlikely that a headteacher or college principal will assume responsibility for the administering and conducting of exams.

However, this statement is placed within the guidance for a very specific reason: so that heads of centres appoint – and support – someone who assumes responsibility for examinations and, more importantly, is supported in their role to deliver exams that adhere to JCQ regulations.

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