What’s it about?
As an examiner, you’ll mark exam papers in your specialist subject at home through an online system, starting two to three days after the exam, for up to four weeks. As a moderator, you’ll review samples of coursework. This will already have been marked at the school or college, and you’ll be confirming the grades.
As the landscape continues to change for us all, exam marking is an excellent way to enhance understanding of the new specifications.
Becoming an examiner provides the opportunity to gain unique insight into the whole assessment process, and receive free expert training and clear guidance on the mark schemes as well as the specifications.
This enhanced insight and understanding can help with lesson plan preparation, as well as inspiring your teaching with the opportunity to review student responses from a range of differing abilities.
Your school will also benefit as you build your subject expertise and help to guide colleagues and newly qualified teachers by passing along your newly acquired expert knowledge and insight.
Exam marking provides you with that crucial foot in the door where vacancies will be advertised first to the examiner community.
And as well as looking great on your CV, if you’re an examiner, there are also lots of opportunities to progress. For example, there are roles as team leaders that can build and help you to develop leadership and management skills.
You may also be interested in roles that involve developing the question paper, or reviewing the question paper – in fact, there is a whole range of roles available that can either be worked alongside teaching commitments, or that you could move into post teaching or as part of a career shift, capitalising on your expertise as a teacher.
You can find out more about how becoming an examiner can positively impact your teaching experience at aqa.org.uk/apply.
Need to Know
- At least three full terms’ recent teaching experience (within the last three to five years) in the subject and level that you’re applying to mark
“My career within the trust I work in has progressed alongside my career at AQA but it’s my in-class teaching that is most impacted by my examining experience.”