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Many of your colleagues may already be teaching the new Tranche 1 qualifications which started in September 2015 so summer 2016 will be the first exam series when legacy and new assessments will be running at the same time. In 2016 this will only apply to AS qualifications (first assessment of the new Tranche 1 A Levels and GCSEs won’t be until summer 2017). No doubt many of you are already preparing for this year’s summer series, so, if you are delivering any of the new AS qualifications, it seems like a good time to consider some of the challenges that the programme of reform is likely to present.
What should I be thinking about?
Whilst there are a number of potential issues to consider, don’t panic – you’ll probably be familiar with many of these already! As you may already know, assessment for the new qualifications is linear and therefore taken at the end of the course in the relevant summer series. With exams playing a leading role in the new qualifications, you’ll want to look at how best to manage the practical and logistical demands of running legacy and new assessments side-by-side.
What support is OCR providing?
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.
Our Qual Change Planner, available on the reformed qualification pages of the OCR website, is designed to support you in changing from the qualification you are currently delivering to one of our new reformed qualifications.
Our monthly exams officer update and subject information updates are essential reading, they contain all the latest news and information and provide quick links to our website and our latest blog posts.
If you have questions about any aspect of the new qualifications then you can find lots more information on the reform pages of the OCR website.
Lastly, 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.