The Exams Office will not be replaced or disbanded. The two organisations will fulfil very different, but equally significant, roles in supporting the exams system and those who manage and administer exams within centres. Their aims and objectives will have a different focus, but there will be a strong collaboration and positive working relationship.
The Exams Office was set up to support centres, whereas the NAEO will have a core aim of supporting exams officers – both professionally and personally. It will work with key stakeholders to achieve improvements and change for members who are managing and administering examinations and assessments within centres. As the membership to the NAEO will belong to the individual, all activity will focus directly upon the needs of its members.
5. Will or should membership to the NAEO replace my current union membership?
This should be a personal decision based on what you feel is important to you, your professional identity and the benefits you wish to access.
Some of the member benefits offered by the NAEO, such as a national representation, a focus on the individual rather than the employer and personal and professional development, may mirror those offered by a union, however others will not – e.g. political affiliation, a more generic workforce focus etc.
6. How will the NAEO be structured, governed and operate?
The NAEO is the operating name of Examinations Officers Services Community Interest Company (CIC), company number: 13441956.
The NAEO's mandate will be set by its members and its operations will be led by its directors but a steering group will be established to oversee the corporate governance of the NAEO, inform strategic decision making and steer activity and the scope of member benefits.
7. How should I register my interest for volunteering and/or supporting the work of the NAEO, should opportunities arise?
Whilst the NAEO website and associated contact channels are currently under development, those wishing to register their interest to volunteer and/or support the work of the NAEO should, in the first instance, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A register of interest will be kept and individuals contacted, should opportunities arise.