Race against time: Schools struggle to find exam invigilators

The race is on for schools to find enough invigilators for this term’s GCSE and A level examinations, which begin next week.

Invigilators are often retired teachers and schools are facing recruitment problems because of high levels of demand as well as concerns from invigilators about Covid transmission in exam halls.

The problem is being compounded as schools are reporting more requests than usual for students to take their exams in rooms away from the main exam hall due to increased levels of anxiety and stress.

A survey from the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) finds that 38% of the respondents have not been able to find enough invigilators.

And 78% report having received more requests than usual for students to take exams in separate rooms, while 82% report higher levels of stress among students than usual.

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