There has been little or no research done on exams delivery in the UK or across the world. On looking at the literature it is not surprising that it is dominated by articles on teaching and learning and the impact it has on different approaches to the effective assessment of teaching at class room and exam level.

Today the public exam system dominates every facade of the educational world from primary through to university level and there is a growing concern over its impact on learners and the personnel and organisations engaged in helping to deliver these learners. 

The EOA since 1999 has focused on trying to create a more open and transparent exam system which provides appropriate access to all types of learners across the whole education spectrum. Prior to 2003 the education and exam system was delivered by teachers. That changed under a programme of workforce remodeling, agreed between the teaching unions and government  with the teaching profession moving its focus away from exams delivery.

The following research, the first of its kind, and the foundation document for the National Assessment Agency's (NAA) modernisation programme (2004 -2007), an arm of the exams regulator QCA (based in London) which later became OfQual (based in Coventry) captures the move away from a professionally led teaching exams officer community to a non-teaching exams officer community which was labelled as low level administrators.

1. “The role of Examination Officers in schools” | M.Sc. in Managing School Improvement | April 2005 | Andrew Peter Harland | This work was dedicated to the creation of the EOA.

This research highlights a number of issues and concerns which have been the focus for the EOA at its conception and over the past 20 years. One might add that despite this insight and the effort put in to address these issues and concerns many feel that the role and status of the exams officer has not changed. 

For those still in post some may feel that is the case, but they are now part of an identifiable community which Ofqual the exams regulator are openly recognising and supporting thanks to the work of the EOA. Why would other commercial entities step into exploit this multi pound exam market if there was not a valued community in place which the EOA have helped government and the exams bodies create.

2. "An investigation into the cultures of part-time examination invigilators in the UK further education sector" | MSc in Social Research Methods | March 2013 | John-Paul Stephenson | EOA research was referenced above.

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