EOA (international) name has it had evolved over the past 20 years was based upon two clear objectives.
Firstly, to continue to maintain support and represent the exam officer community within the education and exams sector through the setting up of an independent lobby group called the Examination Officers' Association (EOA) which was founded by a number of teaching exam officers back in October 1999. This lobby group was then transformed into an established professional representative body when registered as a charity and not-for-profit in 2005, with its elected board of trustees.
Secondly, in 2017 the EOA added the term ‘international’ to its name (iEOA) reflecting its wider remit promoting British education aboard through its work with the British Council. The invaluable expertise of exams officers has also highlighted the need for the exam system to address how the exam delivery impacts on the educational experience of learners through the the public exam system, especially in relation to learners from the SEND community.
EOA (international) has provided not only interdependent support and help in the everyday running of exam offices across schools, colleges, hospitals, prisons but also lobby the education and exam system on behalf of those who are most impacted upon by the exam system, students and their parents/careers who do not have a formal voice within the sector.
The public exam system is managed internally within exam centres by exams officers, teachers and SENCOs and a wide range of specialist. Externally, exam bodies offering a range of general and vocational qualifications are regulated by Ofqual on behalf of the Department of Education. However, one must never forget the impact both these groups have on students and their families especially at such a critical time in a students life.
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The EOA is a professional representative body for exam officers in the school and college based education and exam sector in the UK and abroad.