Thought I'd better add a bit of documentary evidence here. It's a shame I don't still have the very official invigilator's badge, which was really the best part of the job. I used to go to pick the kids up with it on and people used to look at me like I had been chairing very important meetings.
I have been doing this job for quite a long time, during the exam season. It involves making sure the kids don't cheat during exams. As my husband said tonight, it allows me to exercise all my major life skills, that is, standing still and not talking to anybody (that's how they talk round here). Sometimes you do have to do a bit of talking, but that is thankfully, rare, and sometimes you have to hand out paper. As the retired gentleman said to me the other day when there was a bit of a spurt on with the paper handing out at his end of the sports hall 'This is getting too exciting. I can't handle this'. Sometimes the kids are really thick and they put their hands up and ask you the answer to the exam questions!
Once it happened to somebody I know during a Spanish exam. She asked the lady the answer to a question and the lady said 'Sorry, I don't speak Spanish' and this girl said 'Well, that's no good, is it'!
You've got to make sure the kids don't cheat by watching them, and stopping them smirking at each other and other inappropriate behaviour. You can tell the rebellious ones by their gait as soon as they enter the room and you keep a close eye on them. Sometimes the kids are quite funny. Once the Senior Invigilator was watching a boy getting a small piece of paper out of his shirt pocket on a number of occasions and studying it closely. Remembering all his invigilator training he went to the boy and demanded to see the paper, which was totally blank! Quite good the Senior Invigilator, Brian Spratt. An ex-PE teacher with a big handlebar moustache. Good asides. 'Would make a good barmaid' was one today.
Definitely a little bit of dumbing down is going on here as sometimes I look at some of the exam papers, and think they are a lot easier than the ones I took. Today I saw a paper asking for the three stages of giving birth, I ask you! I think it was Home Economics. Sometimes I seriously think I could sit some of these papers without any prior knowledge and get a good grade.
You've got to watch out for the new technology such as i-pods, and apparently now there are tiny ear pieces you can put in your ear that are powered by radio waves, so that some genius outside can give you the answers, though why you would need something like this with 'Basic Food Technology' is a moot point.