LAMDA Examinations: UK Developments

A round-up of the latest UK developments & news from the LAMDA Examinations Team, including an update on LAMDA Examiner recruitment & this year's standardisation events.

New Head of Examinations
A new Head of Examinations, John Scott Lawton, has been appointed. John will be leading the LAMDA Examinations Team through its next phase of development as an awarding organisation.

LAMDA Examiners
We have recruited two new cohorts of LAMDA Trainee Examiners. They are part of our commitment to almost double the number of skilled and trained Examiners on our Panel, achieved over an 18-month period, to a target of 150 Examiners. 

Examiners are the public face of LAMDA and they have a very demanding but rewarding role to play in ensuring that assessment of our qualifications is rigorous, fair and robust while at the same time carrying the LAMDA brand values of professionalism, creativity and responsiveness into their work with learners.

We extend a warm welcome to our new LAMDA Trainee Examiners.

New Chief Examiner
We have also appointed a new Chief Examiner – Linda Macrow – who has been supporting our Syllabus Team for over two years and has been a LAMDA Examiner for considerably longer!

New Qualifications
LAMDA are pleased to announce that we are introducing two new exciting LAMDA qualifications: a Level 1, 2 and 3 Qualification in Shakespeare (non-graded, but regulated) and a regulated Level 5 Diploma in Acting. More information on these qualifications can be found here.

Standardisation
As many of you will be aware, each year LAMDA holds standardisation events for our Examiners to ensure that, as an awarding organisation, we fulfil our responsibility to successfully and rigorously deliver the regulated qualifications and non-regulated examinations we offer. 

One of the functions we hold as an awarding organisation of regulated qualifications is to maintain high and consistent standards; this is something that is rightly demanded of us by our regulators – Ofqual, Qualifications Wales and CCEA in Northern Ireland – and it applies just as much in an international context where our regulated qualifications are delivered as it does to our UK market. For our non-regulated examinations, such as our Introductory and Group Examinations, our assessments must again be to a high standard, rigorous and judged against set assessment criteria. 

To ensure this high quality, LAMDA places great emphasis on the standardisation process. Our events this year were attended by every Examiner and the level of agreed standardisation was impressive, with minimal variation across our Examiner panel. We are committed to continuing this positive work and the LAMDA Examinations team are on hand to provide any support necessary to our Examiners in this area. 

This article is part of Voiceover, the newsletter for LAMDA Examinations audiences. For more information about LAMDA Examinations, please click here.

Published on 13 February 2017

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