GCSE French/German/Spanish (New 2024 Specification) - Scrutineer

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Closing date:14 April 2024 at midnight 

We are currently recruiting for Subject Specialists to support the production of live assessments for our new specifications in GCSE French, German and Spanish.


Subject Specialist - Scrutineer


Purpose of this role:

A Subject Specialist supports in the creation of live assessment materials for our new specifications.

Successful candidates will undertake activities that support, or comment on live assessment materials. Suitable individuals may also be invited to undertake additional activities by supporting the writing/editing/reviewing of the materials.


Key Duties & Responsibilities

Scrutinising activities

● Work through and check the final proofs of the assessment material(s) without reference to the mark scheme(s) to ensure that the questions/tasks can be answered in the time allowed and that there are no errors or omissions

● Check the mark scheme(s) to ensure that the answers are correct and that the marks given are identical to those on the question paper(s)

● Identify any other feature of the materials which may cause difficulties for the candidates

● Submit a full report on the form(s) provided and within the timescale agreed.


All/general activities

● Provide up-to-date sector or subject-specific expertise that feeds into material production

● Keep up to date with changes in the sector/subject area

● Have detailed knowledge of the requirements/standards/specifications that encompass the role or area of expertise

● Engage in question paper evaluation committee meetings (where necessary)

● Meet deadlines & report back to Pearson within agreed timeframes

● Ensure parity of standards

● Adhere to guidance provided by Pearson

● Work effectively with colleagues

● Take part in training activities, associated with the role, as required.


Background/Experience/Skills (Essential)

● Current sector experience/applied subject knowledge (with a minimum of 2 years’ experience)

● Excellent communication, written, verbal, IT and interpersonal skills

● Ability to meet deadlines

● Evidence of continuous professional development (CPD) in subject specialism.


Background/Experience/Skills (Desirable)

● Experience with the GCSE and/or A Level qualifications for the relevant subject area

● A clear understanding of the educational landscape and regulatory requirements for qualifications

● A basic understanding of the examination processes for general qualifications

● Experience in writing or quality control of any of the following:

- support materials aimed at students, teachers and schools

- specifications

- assessments or tests

- published materials (e.g. textbooks)

- Experience providing feedback in a professional context.


Additional requirements

Any applicant undertaking this role will be expected to:

● Have personal IT equipment capable of running Pearson required software

● Have a suitable broadband connection, microphone, headphones and a webcam

● Have a personal and secure email account

● Have the right to work in the UK

● Declare any conflicts of interest that could impact on the role

● Have availability of a minimum of 5 days, depending upon the requirements and workload for the sector, in any given year for attending meetings

● Allow sufficient time for completion of duties and tasks as directed by the role

● Undertake other duties appropriate as required by Pearson in relation to this role

● Abide by the terms of conditions as stated in the contract for work

● Applicants selected for additional activities may be required to complete tasks, training and/or standardisation before work can be allocated

● Ensure sufficient time and availability before contracts are accepted

● Ensure that Pearson contact is notified of any issues that may delay the submission or completion of materials/work.

Application Information

We have a number of opportunities available for teaching professionals to join our growing teams of examiners, moderators and verifiers.