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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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Please see letter regarding this term's maths moderation events below along with supporting paperwork.

Please note that places are now very limited.

For more information on statutory moderation, phonic screening check and key stage 2 SATs monitoring, please see letter , handbook and guidance below from Donna Wright, Senior Education Improvement Adviser.

We are putting on an event at Sans Souci (10am - 4.30pm) on the day the key stage two results are released by DfE; by this date all other end of key stage data should also be available. We invite headteachers to bring their data and use some or all of the day to analyse their results and identify key priorities for the following year.

The data team and the school advisers will be on hand to work with you to help you make sense of your data and start to make comparisons with the provisional national picture. Members of EIMS will also be available to talk you through how you can analysis your data using SIMS.  You should go away with a clear analysis of your schools data for 2018. You can attend with another member of your SLT and can work independently or as groups with the support you need on hand in the room. More information will follow.

To help us with numbers, if you intend to come along on the day please could you let us know by email to:

Contacts: Clair McNeill (SEIS) & Kate Sirrett (EIMS)