pound;100m exam overhaul

2nd April 2004 at 01:00
Schools were this week promised a major reduction in the workload associated with running exams under a pound;100 million scheme to overhaul the A-level, GCSE and vocational assessment system.

The National Assessment Agency, the new body set up to revamp the administration of England's overloaded testing process, pledged to cut bureaucracy and improve staff training.

The agency, a subsidiary of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, will launch a programme of support for examinations officers later this month with free training seminars for up to 1,000 new recruits. Over the next three years, it is also planning to co-ordinate an improvement in the software systems used by schools to submit and monitor exam entries.

This move, which builds on the work of England's three exam boards, aims to stop schools having to phone boards to find out the progress of entries and to inform them of changes. Call 020 7261 8803 or email eotraining@coi.gsi.gov.uk for more information about exams officer training.

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