Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The Examiner's Visit

Before the examiner's visit, ensure that the correct paperwork is completed and sent in good time prior to the exam- ideally at least 7 days before. Your centre won't be the only centre they are visiting and they need to check the paperwork/ mark written elements of it before the visit. When arranging the actual visit from an examiner, remember- they must be provided with a room to mark in after each performance. Preferably they should be near to the examining/ performing space which will help ensure the smooth running of the day. They should not be escorted between the performance space to the examining/ marking room by students as this goes against the examining body's child protection policy. Use a TA or second member of the department if possible. Put clear signs on the door to tell students and other members of staff that this room is out of bounds for the day. Other staff must not go into a room where notes may be kept during other performances. Announce this in staff briefing/ in a staff bulletin to ensure this message is received. The examiner does have to write a report on each centre visit and details such as these are included in it. Examiners may be full or part time teachers, they may be a freelance drama practitioner or work in another area of the arts. They are trained, employed and contracted to an exam board for the duration of the exam season. Don't ask them all about themselves on the visit. They are there to do a job and will be polite and professional. They are your examiner, not your new best friend. They understand the process that your students are going through, but must mark what they see on the day. If something goes wrong- e.g. illness, it is your responsibility to contact the exam board, not the examiner. THEY HAVE TO MARK WHAT THEY SEE ON THE DAY.

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