Information for local authorities on training and standardisation for moderators of key stages 1 and 2 English writing.
Standardisation provides schools with assurance that local authority (LA) moderation teams have the required knowledge to undertake moderation of key stage 1 (KS1) and key stage 2 (KS2) English writing teacher assessment (TA). It ensures the consistency and accuracy of TA and its moderation across England.
LAs are required to moderate at least 25% of maintained schools, and 25% of academies and participating independent schools that opt to be included in that LA’s external moderation process.
Moderation training events
In readiness for the 2020 test cycle, STA will be hosting a number of TA moderation training events for LAs during September and October 2019. These events will focus on making secure TA judgements in either KS1 or KS2 English writing.
We have allocated each LA 3 places for training, at each key stage. We recommend this includes the moderation manager and up to 2 lead moderators. For larger LAs with more than 200 schools, an additional place may be booked if required.
If you are an independent education consultant, who moderates on behalf of LAs, and you wish to attend a training event, you should contact an LA that you work with in order to agree to attend on their behalf.
LA moderation managers will automatically receive a link to book their attendees onto these events.
|Birmingham||30 September||1 October|
|London||7 and 8 October||9 and 10 October|
|Manchester||14 October||15 October|
|Bristol||16 October||17 October|
LA moderation managers and lead moderators must complete a standardisation exercise following attendance at a KS1 or KS2 moderator training event.
On successful completion of the exercise, LA moderation managers or lead moderators will cascade the training to all moderators within their LA. Moderators must then undertake a paper-based standardisation exercise, invigilated by the LA.
All materials from the training events, including slides and accompanying materials, will be available for LAs and schools to download from the Primary Assessment Gateway. If LA moderators choose to use these materials for training, they must not be changed or adapted. We recommend that LAs deliver their training to their moderators, and then moderators complete the standardisation exercise on separate days.
Details of the full process for the exercises, which must be successfully completed, are included in the timeline below.
Only those who successfully complete an exercise will be approved to moderate English writing in 2020.
Standardisation and training timeline
Moderation managers and/or lead moderators
|Regional training events for moderation managers/lead moderators.||September and October 2019|
|Completion period for standardisation exercise 1 for moderation managers/lead moderators.||Monday 4 to Friday 8 November 2019|
|Commentaries for exercise 1 sent to LA moderation managers and strategic leads.||Friday 15 November 2019|
|Materials from the events made available to LAs and schools on the Primary Assessment Gateway.||Monday 18 November 2019|
LA pool moderators
|Standardisation exercise 2 for pool moderators (and any moderation managers/lead moderators who did not successfully complete exercise 1).||Monday 9 December to Friday 13 December 2019|
|Moderation leads return collated exercise responses.||Wednesday 18 December 2019|
|Commentaries for exercise 2 sent to moderation managers.||Friday 20 December 2019|
|Standardisation exercise 3 for pool moderators who did not successfully complete exercise 2.||Monday 13 January to Friday 17 January 2020|
|Moderation leads return collated exercise responses.||Wednesday 22 January 2020|
|Commentaries for standardisation exercise 3 sent to moderation managers.||Friday 24 January 2020|
If you have any queries about LA moderation, or moderator training and standardisation, please contact the national curriculum assessments helpline on 0300 303 3013 or email email@example.com.