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Primary science moderation


For autumn term guidance, please see here


Autumn 2021 dates


Years Date Time Venue (virtual)
1 and 2 28th November 2021 1.15 – 3.45pm MS Teams
3 and 4 30th November 2021 1.15 – 3.45pm MS Teams
5 and 6 1st December 2021 1.15 – 3.45pm MS Teams


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

Science 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 science programme of study is divided into a number of topic areas for each year group.  It is therefore advisable to bring a whole topic that has been taught with evidence for each area of the programme of study. 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 overall but professional discussions should enable the teacher to be confident that the current evidence base for a topic 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.

There is also an opportunity in summer term to bring evidence for the working scientifically strand of the curriculum.  This is covered over a phase. The National Curriculum splits the programme of study into criteria for key stage 1, lower key stage 2 and upper key stage 2.  It would be beneficial for the schools to look closely at evidence for this element of the curriculum however to make a judgement there needs to evidence collected over the whole phase.

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.

It is important to be mindful of time constraints and to be aware that the moderating team will have approximately 30 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.