Setting up your local Network
There have been a number of articles on setting up networks in your local area. At present there are a variety of networks that have been set up, for example in relation to diploma consortia or through the old NAA/QCDA CSO structure.
In the first context many centres have been pushed together as part of their cooperative activities to make sure students are delivered successfully, while the latter experience has been very reliant on CSO drive and guidance. What the EOA is very aware of is, that both these types of group must not be allowed to die off. The focus or the leadership of these respective groups may change in the future but the strategy of the EOA over the last ten years has been to encourage self-determination and self-leadership, so individuals and groups can stand on their own two feet and seek support at grass roots level.
The EOA will be shortly issuing a template to help individuals and groups set up, manage their meetings and help link them to the EOA website Network which provides access to a wider national and international exam office community. It is into these networks one can then build updates on information and training on a broad range of needs from the various stakeholders involved in exam delivery.