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Assessment and moderation

Moderation is an integral part of assessment ensuring that standards are consistent among teachers, schools and LAs and that they are maintained from year to year.  In order to ensure accuracy and consistency in judgements, there are various processes a school may engage with.

 

Stage Description
Formative assessment Teachers make day-to-day professional judgements on children’s progress and attainment to inform next steps in learning.
Standardisation A professional development activity where teachers secure their understanding of national standards. Where there are differences, teachers must review their judgements and align them with national standards.
Teacher Assessment Following standardisation, teachers make informed judgements about children’s summative attainment against national standards. Teachers must base their teacher assessment judgement on a broad range of evidence across the curriculum for each pupil.
School moderation With colleagues in school, teachers use national standards and exemplification materials to review a selection of the judgements and supporting evidence to check their accuracy and consistency.
School cluster/ collaborative moderation and / or LA moderation events With colleagues from other schools, teachers use national standards and exemplification materials to review a selection of the judgements and supporting evidence to check their accuracy and consistency. Disagreement must be resolved to ensure that all judgements are in line with national standards and may require revisiting all previous teacher assessment judgements.

The TA frameworks only cover key aspects of assessment within Y2 and Y6. These will be used for external moderation purposes. For other year groups, teachers will need to refer to national curriculum programmes of study.

External statutory moderation Visits by LA external moderators to review teachers’ judgements across the range of attainment to ensure that teacher assessments are accurate and in line with national standards. If judgements are not validated by the external moderator, the moderator will explain what needs to be done to ensure the judgements are valid. Any changes to data will need to be resubmitted. The school must not resubmit TA data after the deadline without the authorisation from STA or the LA.

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This update provides information on the phonics screening check, KS1 and KS2 statutory requirements and the multiplication tables check (MTC) pilot.

Please see attached letters for full details of this term's local authority reading and writing moderation. The local authority moderation forms remain the same and links to these forms are provided within the documentation.

[The attached handbook has been updated - 13/05/2019 @ 14:00]

This handbook provides key information about the statutory moderation processes at early years foundation stage and key stages 1 and 2. It does not replace statutory guidance but provides a local context. Revisions include:

  • changes to KS2 meet the moderator date
  • clarification around processes where insufficient evidence is found at KS1 and 2
  • further clarification within the local agreement
  • further clarification about the LA quality assurance process