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Principal Examiner - GCE A Level - History



London, UK
Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Reference: PE/GCE/History

Closing date: 22 September 2023 at midnight

Principal Examiners (GCE A Level History) produce appropriate assessment materials, including question papers and mark schemes, and are responsible for the standardisation of its marking. Paper 8HI0 and 9HI0.


  • To produce a working draft paper / respond to any amendments or suggestions and produce a draft paper.

  • To set / approve questions and mark schemes - demonstrate the specification’s content and assessment criteria has been met in the question papers (may take the form of a grid). Its content should be clear and fit for purpose.

  • To attend the Question paper Evaluation Committee meeting (QPEC) and produce a final draft.

  • To ensure final question papers meet the specification content and assessment objectives.

  • To ensure parity of standards across optional questions and question papers

  • To monitor the marking standards of all examiners (including Assistant Principal Examiners, Team Leaders and Examiners), ensuring accuracy and consistency throughout.

  • To monitor the standards of examiners, advise on their appointment, training and reappointment.

  • To attend the awarding meeting, advise on mark ranges for the grade boundaries.

  • To submit an evaluation report on performance of the question paper Experience and Qualifications Required

  • You will have assessment experience up to Team Leader level in the relevant qualification

  • You will have experience of teaching the relevant subject and level

  • You will have experience of managing people

  • You will have the ability to work well under pressure

  • You will have the ability to meet deadlines.

Experience/qualifications required


  • You will hold a relevant degree and excellent subject knowledge

  • You will have a teaching qualification and recent experience teaching GCE history

  • You will have the ability to work well under pressure

  • You will have excellent people management skills

  • You will have the ability to meet deadlines


  • Knowledge and experience of examining

Competencies Required:

  • Decision Making

  • Delivery Focused

  • Leadership/Influencing

  • Teamwork

  • Maximising Potential in Self and Others

  • Change management/flexibility

  • You will have the ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines.

  • You will be required to have excellent communication, strong organisation and IT skills

Please be aware that for all our senior roles, you will be required to have access to a personal PC with internet connection in order to carry out your duties (for more details please see our System Requirements).

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