Information for local authorities about the process and training for moderators of key stage 1 and 2 English writing in 2017 to 2018.
The standardisation process
Standardisation provides schools with assurances 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, ensuring consistency and accuracy across England.
LAs are required to moderate a minimum of at least 25% of maintained schools, and 25% of academies and participating independent schools that opt to be included in the LA’s external moderation process.
After attending regional training events provided by STA in November and December 2017, moderation managers were able to download and print materials from NCA tools and complete the paper-based standardisation exercise 1. STA have now emailed the outcomes to moderation managers and strategic leads to confirm the results. Moderation managers and/or lead moderators are now responsible for cascading the training to all pool moderators within their LA, to enable them to complete standardisation exercises 2 and 3.
All materials from the events, including slides and accompanying materials, are available now for LAs and schools to download. If LA moderators choose to use these materials for standardisation training, they must not be changed or adapted. We recommend LAs deliver their training and moderators complete the exercises on separate days.
Details of the full processes and standardisation exercises which must be successfully completed are included in the timeline below.
We will issue approval letters to moderators who successfully complete an exercise. Only those who successfully complete an exercise will be approved to moderate in 2018.
Moderation managers and/or lead moderators
|Regional training events for moderation managers/lead moderators||November and December 2017|
|Completion period for standardisation exercise 1 for moderation managers/lead moderators||Monday 8 January to Friday 12 January 2018|
|Outcomes and commentaries for exercise 1 sent to LA strategic leads||Friday 19 January 2018|
|Materials from the events made available to LAs and schools on NCA tools||Monday 22 January 2018|
|Registration period for pool moderators||Monday 20 November to Friday 19 January 2018|
|Paper-based standardisation exercise 2 for pool moderators (and any moderation managers/lead moderators who did not successfully complete exercise 1). Moderation leads to return collated exercise responses.||Monday 5 February to Friday 9 February 2018|
|Answers and commentaries for exercise 2 sent to moderation managers||Friday 16 February 2018|
|Paper-based standardisation exercise 3 for pool moderators who did not successfully complete exercise 2. Moderation leads to return collated exercise responses.||Monday 5 March to Friday 9 March 2018|
|Answers and commentaries for standardisation exercise 3 sent to moderation managers||Friday 16 March 2018|
|STA to have issued all approval letters to successful moderators||Friday 23 March 2018|
If you have any queries about the standardisation process, contact the national curriculum assessments helpline on 0300 303 3013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.