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Ten ways to support your exams officer

Examinations & Qualifications
The exams officer plays a key role in school life, but how can teachers and school leaders best support their work? Jugjit Chima offers some advice.

In 2009, government estimates placed the average school exams budget at approximately £70,000. Naturally, this number will vary between institutions, but the message is clear – the exams budget is one of the largest within a school. The person managing this budget – the exams officer or manager – is clearly a significant member of staff and needs to be supported, but how can the senior leadership team ensure that they are doing this effectively?

For example, take the issue of late entry fees, which are imposed when schools miss entry deadlines that have been clearly stated at the start of each academic year. A study in 2013 for the Department for Education (DfE) highlighted that in 2012 more than £17 million was spent by schools and colleges on late entry fees for GCSE and GCE qualifications alone – more than £2,000 per institution.

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