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    Any informal name for 'invigilator', please?

    Hi,
    Could anyone please give me the informal term for this word in BrE?


    And, what is the name for the person who enforces discipline at primary schools? (They're usually not teachers)



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    Re: Any informal name for 'invigilator', please?

    There isn't one. It's a specific job (overseeing an examination) that has a specific title.

    In an English school, teachers are in the front line for discipline and would refer matters beyond their control to the Head Teacher.

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    Question Re: Any informal name for 'invigilator', please?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Dude View Post
    There isn't one. It's a specific job (overseeing an examination) that has a specific title.

    In an English school, teachers are in the front line for discipline and would refer matters beyond their control to the Head Teacher.
    Thanks. In my country, during the break when the children get out of their classes to talk, play, or have food, there's a person who keeps an eye on them or helps them in case they need anything. Is there any name for such a person?


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    Re: Any informal name for 'invigilator', please?

    They were playground assistants when I left England twelve years ago.

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    Question Re: Any informal name for 'invigilator', please?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    They were playground assistants when I left England twelve years ago.


    Ta! Do you think children might still call them the same? I thought there may be an informal name.



    Thanks to you!

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    Re: Any informal name for 'invigilator', please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Ta! Do you think children might still call them the same? I thought there may be an informal name.
    I expect children refer to them by lots of terms that it might be better not to know.
    Last edited by 5jj; 05-Mar-2011 at 18:36. Reason: typo

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    Thumbs up Re: Any informal name for 'invigilator', please?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I expect children refer to them by lots of terms that it might be better nor to know.

    So I quit!


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    Re: Any informal name for 'invigilator', please?

    Students in temporary and informal adminstrative positions are 'monitors'. Students in permanent and formal positions of authority are called 'prefects'. When I was at primary school in the '50s the adults who supervised playtime were called (by the children) 'dinner ladies'. Today I believe most of these assistants are called 'Teaching Assistants' - they also help in class. These are informally called 'TAs', though as 5jj implies there may be informal terms that wouldn't bear polite scrutiny!

    An 'invigilator' is an independent person (not answerable to the Head Teacher) who visits a school to oversee public exams. I've never heard an informal term for one of these.

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    Re: Any informal name for 'invigilator', please?

    I would have said that an invigilator is any person authorised by the head teacher of the school to ensure the proper conduct of public examinations.

    Students might call them supervisors or simply teachers, as in most schools the teaching staff invigilate exams.

    As a matter of interest (and I know the OP asked specifically for BE synonyms) I've heard of the AE usage of proctors in this context.

    Is this common in North America?

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    Re: Any informal name for 'invigilator', please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    As a matter of interest (and I know the OP asked specifically for BE synonyms) I've heard of the AE usage of proctors in this context.

    Is this common in North America?

    Rover
    I am not a teacher.

    That's what I call them.

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