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Urgent Appeal for Written Examiners – May 2017

The State Examinations Commission is issuing an urgent appeal to teachers, including recently qualified and retired teachers, to apply to mark the 2017 Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate examinations.

The SEC will be appointing examiners right up to the start of the marking conferences in June and occasionally afterwards, in order to fill vacancies and in response to examiners dropping out for a variety of reasons. The number of available reserve examiners is currently very tight in all subjects. The SEC is now calling for teachers, including recently qualified teachers and retired teachers, to apply for the position of examiner in all subjects for the 2017 Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate. The subjects where there are particular needs at present are

  • Leaving and Junior Certificate Spanish
  • Leaving and Junior Certificate German
  • Leaving Certificate Business
  • Leaving and Junior Certificate Irish
  • Leaving and Junior Certificate Italian
  • Leaving and Junior Certificate Home Economics
  • Junior Certificate CSPE
  • Junior Certificate Religious Education

The involvement of teachers in marking the work of candidates in our externally assessed examinations system is crucial. In recent years, the SEC has run recruitment campaigns right up to the start of the marking process and has always secured the co-operation of teachers, including newly qualified teachers and retired teachers, in filling any vacancies and meeting the needs arising from drop-outs. The SEC has every confidence that this will be the same this year.

Read on for more information about the role and how to apply.

Written Examiner Application Form 2017

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All suitably qualified teachers are welcome to apply for these positions. Examiners will be selected on the basis of their teaching and assessment experience and qualifications. Full training is provided and a support network is available throughout the marking process.

Applicants for the position must:

  • hold a third level degree or equivalent
  • have recent teaching experience in the relevant subject area or related subject
  • have good organisational and analytical skills
  • be able to work to a fixed time-scale
  • be available to work full-time for the duration of the marking
  • be resident in the Republic of Ireland during the marking period.
  • To apply, download an application form above, complete and return to “Examiners Section, State Examinations Commission, Cornamaddy, Athlone, Co Westmeath” as soon as possible.

    Why become an examiner?

    Being an examiner enables you to:

  • enhance your own teaching
  • gain a deeper understanding of the assessment process
  • exercise your professional judgement
  • network with other professionals
  • increase your professional development and career prospects
  • earn extra income.
  • The role of the examiner

    Typically, you will be required to

  • familiarise yourself with the contents of the Instructions to Examiners booklet
  • attend a marking conference
  • collect your allocated scripts for marking
  • mark the scripts in accordance with the agreed marking scheme
  • submit scripts to your advising examiner for monitoring
  • complete the work within a given time period
  • submit a report at the end of the marking process
  • A support network is available throughout the marking process.

    Marking through Irish

    A number of examiners are required in most subjects to mark scripts answered through Irish. Irish translations of the marking schemes are available. There is an additional payment for marking through Irish.

    State Examinations Commission, Cornamaddy, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, N37 TP65. Tel: 090-644 2700 Fax: 090-644 2744 Email us: Click here link to the Contact Form
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