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 2015 English and mathematics tests will start in December.

Pearson manages marking for the levels 3-5 and the level 6 national curriculum tests in mathematics, English reading and English grammar, punctuation and spelling.

If you haven’t marked these tests within the last two 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 two years you won’t need to apply again. If eligible, Pearson will contact you directly from December about your marking contract for the 2015 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 will start in 2016.

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 three or four weeks.