Get involved Volunteer Volunteer Trustees: Trusteeship can be rewarding for many reasons, from a sense of making a difference to this charitable cause, to having new experiences and relationships. It is an opportunity for members to share their skills, knowledge and expertise. Over the years many exams officers like those in the image above, have held a role as a trustee and/or director of the EOA. The first elected body was established in 2005 making the EOA the only independent representative professional body of its kind in the UK and the world. Exams officers often talk about how proud they are of the valuable contribution they make to student lives but feel that their good work and commitment is constantly being ignored or undermined. The only way to change this scenario is for the exams officer community to take on the responsibility of presenting itself as there is no other body to represent its aspirations. So, why not become an influencer and a leader for change by becoming an EOA trustee/director? Network leaders: For many years there have been independently set up network groups across the country in response to the lack of support by government and exam bodies. Since 1999, when the EOA was created, its lobbying prompted the creation of the very successful AQA regional support team, which was later mirrored by the government's NAA centre support team (requested by the EOA in 2004) under the exam modernisation programme (2004 -7) to provide better cohesion across the exams officer community. This was captured on the EOA website with hundreds of groups listed. The principles behind those groups is; to establish exam officer led meetings that meet local needs and concerns to help build a local peer support community to help secure a local voice which is then linked into a national framework to provide a better two-way communication between centres and other stakeholders to help establish more opportunities for promoting professional development However, today there is a mix of all these groups with OCR replacing AQA's network model. In addition there is The Exam Office which has close links with the JCQ and the awarding bodies. All forms of networks need to be encouraged, but the EOA have always put the exams officers agenda at the top of the list and guards its independence jealously so that it can speak without fear or favour on behalf of its members. If exams officers want the parity and recognition of their viewpoint that this implies is being sought, they will need to start to front more of their own networks. So, why not become an influencer and a leader for change by becoming an EOA Network leader? Below are a whole series of different part time roles which if supported by members would make a real different to the effectiveness of the professional body set up to represent and support its own community. External Candidate (Service) lead person: The EOA have already been approached by an interested party to take on this role after seeking help and support from the EOA this summer. There is no other organisation that offers this independent service and with over 86,000 external candidates trying to access the education and exams sector the EOA community can give help and support to this disparate learner community. Below are just some of the key part time roles which if supported by members would make a real difference to the effectiveness of the professional body set up to represent and support its own community. The organisation can grow and flourish, while keeping costs down, if members all make a small contribution, whether that is in the form of funds and/or offering their expertise. note: A2A is in the process of restructuring this website to reflect a wider community beyond the EOA membership ethos and much of the EOA components will be relocated into their own area. Contact: [email protected] in association with A2A for further information.