Invigilators – We Salute You!Amy Russo
One of the main challenges facing any examination centre, but particularly private examination centres, is recruiting and retaining good, reliable invigilators. This summer proved to be particularly problematic, so much so that Awarding Organisations took unprecedented steps to mitigate the invigilator shortage including, but not limited to:
- Increasing the Pupil/Invigilator ratio from 30:1 to 40:1
- Allowing subject teachers to invigilate an examination in their own subject
- Allowing exams to start later than normally allowed with students under supervision
Like most centres Tutors and Exams were not immune to invigilation issues this Summer. One of the principal issues we faced, with summer exams taking place for the first time in three years, was many of our ‘established’ invigilators were either now in full-time employment or were still suffering from long-term effects of COVID.
To meet our demand for invigilators this Summer we advertised repeatedly on social media platforms and in the locality of our centres whilst, at the same time, significantly increasing our rates of invigilator pay to over and above the industry average to encourage uptake. Thankfully, with the summer series all but done and dusted, we fulfilled our invigilator targets and in doing so recruited a number of invigilators who are keen to continue working with us in future examinations series.
We would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks to all invigilators who worked with Tutors & Exams over the summer, in particular those shown below who turned up day after day, on time, despite tube/rail strikes and early starts, thereby ensuring examinations proceeded as planned.
As you can see our invigilators come from all walks of life, so if you have time to spare and would like to try invigilating for Tutors & Exams please get in touch with your local examination centre here and register your interest with them. They would love to hear from you. Prior experience is welcomed but not necessary as full training will be provided.
We look forward to hearing from you.