Guidance

Key stage 2 tests: how to become a marker

Find out how to become a marker for the key stage 2 English or mathematics tests or science sampling tests.

Criteria for becoming a marker

Markers must have qualified teacher status and teaching experience in the relevant subject and / or key stage. They need to work with speed and accuracy, be organised, have confidence in their subject knowledge and have an open-minded approach to children’s work.

Markers can be:

  • currently teaching
  • recently retired from teaching
  • a former teacher now working in another field
  • on maternity/paternity leave or taking a career break from teaching.

If you’re unsure about whether you could become a marker, visit Pearson’s Roles page.

Apply to mark English or mathematics tests

Recruitment for the 2016 English and mathematics tests has now closed. Recruitment for the 2017 test cycle for new markers will commence in December 2016.

Pearson manages marking for the national curriculum tests in English reading and English grammar, punctuation and spelling and mathematics.

If you are have not marked key stage 2 national curriculum tests before or haven’t marked these tests within the last 2 years, you can apply via the vacancies page of Pearson’s website. When there are vacancies they will be listed there along with deadlines for applications.

If you have marked national curriculum tests for Pearson within the last 2 years you won’t need to apply again. If eligible, Pearson will contact you directly about marking opportunities for the 2017 test cycle. Please note, contracting will take a few months.

If you have questions about the application process you should email Pearson.

Apply to mark science tests

The science sampling tests take place every other year. Recruitment for 2016 has now closed.

What will happen after you’ve applied

Before you’re approved to mark the tests you’ll receive training and support on the marking process and mark scheme. You must also demonstrate you can apply the mark scheme accurately and consistently.

Training includes written guidance, face-to-face training sessions and ongoing support from a supervisor.

The mark scheme training meeting takes place in May, shortly after children sit the test. It ensures you understand the marking procedures and introduces you to the support network available throughout the marking process.

You will demonstrate your ability to mark accurately and consistently by marking a set of practice scripts and then at least one set of standardisation scripts. The accuracy of your marking will be checked against an agreed standard. If you are approved your marking accuracy will be assessed throughout the marking period to check you are still marking to the agreed standard.

If successful, you’ll start marking test scripts shortly after the tests take place in May. You will usually complete your marking within 3 or 4 weeks.