EOA launched an Advisory Committee to support future conference and training options.

EOA supported the NAA annual Induction training programme for new Exams officers (from 2005 – 2013); the funding for ICT improvement; the creation of a national centre support team to name but a few programmes and activities attributed to the successful NAA modernisation programme which were all based upon the EOA founders ‘wish list’ and in-depth support and backing over the years.

The EOA attended the Education Show and did for a number of year’s, but in 2006 was featured on ITV in one of its support programmes linked to the NEC based event.

The EOA decided to move out of the QCA/NAA offices at Piccadilly in London and move to Reading to start the process of separation from government influence and funding. The EOA recognised and acknowledged the difference in roles between the NAA and the EOA and issued a joint statement stating the focus of government and exam bodies was on securing the exam system while the EOA were committed to securing a more professional workforce to help support the existing exam system.

Uday Patel resigned around the wish not to follow the EOA to Reading and accepted a redundancy package by the QCA/NAA who were already scaling back their operations on the modernisation programme, originally set to cover (2004 – 7) Uday became head of department and went back into teaching Maths in a London school.

With government funding the EOA produced its first and only promotional video in support of its move out of London to Reading, and an extract can be viewed at the top of this document.

In keeping with the move out of London the EOA began charging a membership fee and sought other revenue streams to support its future work.

The EOA became an affiliate member of the ATL ‘The Education Union’ at their Brighton conference linking the exams officer community back with its teaching colleagues.