With the reform of qualifications already in full swing, 2016 will be the first year when you may be running legacy and new qualifications at the same time. With this in mind, I’ve put together a checklist of hints, tips and reminders which you might like to consider when making your entries, or thinking about future series.
There’s a lot you need to become familiar with but don’t panic – there’s still time, and we’re here to help. Here are a few key points you may like to consider:
There are numerous decisions which are still under consultation for reformed qualifications (and not just to do with entries!). But there are a few questions which are commonly asked, and we can bring you the latest news:
Many potential risks are linked to internal factors which may occur within your centre. We’ve put together a list of points below which you may find useful:
There are also other risks which may arise from external factors. Changes are still being made to regulations and processes so think about how you’re going to keep up to date with any changes which affect your centre. There are lots of ways to keep up to date:
The reform of general qualifications means, for the first time, you may be making entries using codes for both the legacy and the new qualifications. Where you’re running a new qualification alongside an old qualification it’s worth double-checking that you’re using the right entry code – some of the codes are quite similar.
We want to support you so if you have questions you need to ask, or support you’d like us to provide, we want to hear from you. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments or suggestions.
To make our guidance as clear as possible, the Admin Guide and Entry Codes: 14–19 Qualifications booklet contains different sections for legacy and new qualifications. New qualifications are clearly indicated and the admin guide, and text in the entry codes, will be kept updated. (We’ll tell you about any updates via our monthly subject information update email – more details below.)
Watch out for our regular communications – remember things can change as new decisions are announced. Our monthly exams officer update and subject information updates are essential as they contain all the latest news and information. They also provide quick links to our website and our latest blog posts. Do encourage your teaching colleagues to sign up for the subject information updates – it enables them to receive important information direct and you’ll need to forward fewer emails to them.
Make sure you know who your local customer support manager (CSM) is. Are you and your teaching colleagues members of an exams officer or teacher network group? Networks allow you to keep up-to-date and interact not just with us but with other exams officers. You can find more information on the ‘training and networks’ page of our website.
Alison Leather - Customer Support Manager (South East)
Alison is Customer Support Manager for the South East region. The Customer Support Team provides support, training and guidance for centres administering OCR qualifications.
Alison has worked in education since 1995, as an Exams Manager in a college, a Centre Support Officer with the National Assessment Agency (NAA) and an Exams Officer in a secondary school – so she knows how challenging and rewarding it can be working in the exams office. Alison joined OCR as Customer Support Manager in 2007.