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Primary mathematics moderation

The aims of these sessions are for teachers to:

  • have a professional discussion around standards and evidence for assessing the mathematics in specific year group programmes of study;
  • share the evidence discussed by their school with a wider range of schools to ensure consistency in judgements across the borough;
  • feedback strengths and next steps to support the school assessment and moderation improvement cycle.

The ‘interim judgement’ sessions in autumn and spring will focus on evidence to date and how the pupil is achieving at that point in the term. As the full programme of study will have not been taught, it will not be possible to assess the standard the pupil is working at but professional discussions should enable the teacher to be confident that the current evidence base is accurate and consistently assessed compared to other schools in the borough.

In autumn and spring, the focus will be on a specific group of borderline pupils. It is more beneficial for schools to use the local authority moderation sessions to discuss pupils who have been tricky to assess as they progress from one standard to the next.

In the summer term, final judgements will be moderated for pupils who are either WTS/EXS or EXS/GDS. During this session, participants are also invited to bring pupil samples that are PKS/EXS.

Autumn 2019  – interim judgements for borderline WTS/EXS pupils

Years Date Time Venue
1 and 2 8 November 2019 9:15 – 11:45am Sans Souci
3 and 4 22 November 2019 9:15 – 11:45am Sans Souci
5 and 6 29 November 2019 9:15 – 11:45am Sans Souci


Spring 2020  – interim judgements for borderline EXS/GDS pupils

Years Date Time Venue
1 and 2 5th March 2020 (Full) 1:15 – 3:45 Sans Souci
3 and 4 27th March 2020 (Full) 9:15 – 11:45 Sans Souci
5 and 6 27th March 2020 1:15 – 3:45 Sans Souci


Summer 2020  – final judgements for pupils PKS/EXS, WTS/EXS or EXS/GDS

Years Date Time Venue
1 and 2 19th June 2020 1:15 – 3:45 Sans Souci
3 and 4 22nd May 2020 9:15-11:45 Sans Souci
5 and 6 29th June 2020 9:15-11:45 Sans Souci


Preparing for the session

Teachers may choose to bring either

  • A sample of annotated photocopied work (no more than 10 pieces of work)
  • One set of a pupil’s books and other work with assessment notes.

All work should be moderated in school as this session aims to moderate the school’s judgement.

Pupils’ work can evidence either

  • the KS1 teacher assessment framework criteria;
  • key performance indicators (KPIs) assessed so far;
  • constructs for specific strands of mathematics e.g. calculation block, geometry block,
  • a selection of constructs determined by the school (not necessarily KPIs) i.e. all constructs taught over the last 2 half terms.

Where a teacher brings evidence for constructs other than KPIs, it is important to be mindful of time constraints and to be aware that the moderating team will have approximately 45 minutes to moderate the work provided. Any work not discussed within this timescale will not be moderated to ensure all participants have a fair allocation of time.

To assist fluency in the discussion, please make sure that books are bookmarked with specific pages of evidence. The moderating team will not be able to make judgements based on books alone.

Teachers who have previously attended moderation sessions are asked to bring feedback sheets pre-populated with their next steps for development for evaluation.

To book a place, please email your details to clearly stating the title and date of this event.