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ETD directors Barbara Wynn & Anne Borrowdale


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September 2015

It’s Autumn, a time when many Exam Officers in schools and colleges get their invigilators together for training. It’s a chance to look back on how things went in the summer and to update invigilators on changes in the 2015-2016 ICE booklet. (Get a free copy of our short guide to the top ten changes affecting invigilation by subscribing to our newsletter)

But don’t forget to ask what nearly went wrong as well. Because as we say in our latest blog on exam room near-misses, reviewing what almost went wrong, but didn’t, helps stop problems developing down the line.

July 2015

We’ve been going through the 2015-2016 ICE booklet, and welcome the extra emphasis the Joint Council for Qualifications places on invigilator training. Centres now “must“, rather than “should”:

  • train new invigilators
  • update the existing invigilation team
  • train those invigilating candidates with access arrangements
  • make sure that invigilators know what is expected of them

ETD helps centres to be compliant through training exam teams in an effective, informative and enjoyable way. Contact us today to see how we can help.

We are currently preparing our annual “crib-sheet”, which summarises the points in the new ICE booklet which are most relevant for invigilation. This will go out to our newsletter subscribers shortly, so sign up via the sidebar to get your copy.

May 2015

“Really helpful”,  “inspiring”,  “great fun”,  “first-class”,   “well-prepared”

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Barbara supervises an activity at the Exam Fraud Summit

Just some of the comments from participants in training sessions we’ve run over during the last couple of months. We enjoyed taking our Enhanced Training package to centres where we’d previously run our Active Training, and working with experienced invigilators to build on their existing high standards.

We’ve already started feeding new material from Barbara’s workshop at the Examination Fraud Summit in Johannesburg into our training presentations and activities.

April 2015

Greetings to participants at the 3rd Annual Combatting Education Irregularities and Examination Fraud Summit in Johannesburg, where Barbara is running a workshop.

Elsewhere this month, we’ve been busy running invigilation training for a variety of schools and colleges as they gear up for exam season. Increasingly, ETD also works with companies and organisations which deliver work-based tests or professional exams. We help them ensure the highest standards of invigilation, so that their assessments are high-quality and robust.

As our colleagues in Africa say, “Examination invigilators determine the quality of the assessment”. Or as we like to put it, “An exam is only as secure as the person invigilating it”.

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We’re honoured that Barbara Wynn has been invited back to Johannesburg to run a workshop on invigilation at the 3rd Annual Combatting Education Irregularities and Examination Fraud Summit.

The summit recognises that exam fraud and irregularities are on the increase in Africa, and that these thrive when invigilation is slack. As they say, “Examination invigilators determine the quality of the assessment”.

Barbara’s workshop explores the responsibilities and professional standards of invigilators as well as approaches for managing emerging threats within the exam room. It’s not only rewarding to contribute to the integrity of exams internationally, but provides fresh ideas and activities for ETD’s training here in the UK.

February 2015

How do you provide fresh, meaningful training year on year to a team of experienced invigilators? Check out our new Enhanced Invigilation Skills training package which builds on invigilators’ existing skills to enable them to be even more effective.

January 2015

Do you let invigilators drink tea or coffee in exams? Are they allowed to eat sweets or snacks? Read our latest blog “Do you want chips with that exam?” and let us know what happens in your centre.

Don’t miss our competition! Book an ETD training session before the end of January for the chance of winning a Hotel Chocolat eGift card. Details are here.

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ETD is grateful for the continuing support of registered charity the Examination Officers’ Association, and offer special discounts to EOA members.

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