More drip-fed information on moderation

They don’t like to overload us with information at the DfE, so today saw the quiet release of the latest instalment of information on statutory moderation requirements for 2016. Some key points to note:

  • Teacher Assessment judgements must be submitted by new earlier dates:
    • Key Stage 2 by Friday 27th May
    • Key Stage 1 by Monday 13th June
  • Schools will not be notified of any moderation visits until after the relevant TA data has been submitted
  • Schools will not be notified which children’s work will be moderated until the day before the moderation at the earliest
  • A sample of at least 10% at KS1, or 15% at KS2 will be used for moderation (minimum of 3 or 5 pupils respectively)
  • KS1 cohorts will have Reading, Writing & Maths moderated
  • In KS2 cohorts, only Writing will be moderated
  • The LA moderator will scrutinise day-to-day work, rather than portfolios, to avoid creating additional teacher workload.
  • However, teachers must “ensure that the evidence clearly identifies the amount of support a pupil has received” (presumably regardless of the additional teacher workload created)
  • Moderators “may wish” to speak to school staff
  • The moderator must feed back to the headteacher or a representative at the end of the scrutiny
  • The STA will select some schools for moderation; the local authority must choose the remainder, making up 25% of its schools, based on the usual triggers

The STA has published a guide for schools at each Key Stage, and a further separate guide for local authorities at each Key Stage. I have combined these into a single document for each Key Stage for ease. These can be downloaded here:

KS1 moderation guidance booklets

KS2 moderation guidance booklets


16 thoughts on “More drip-fed information on moderation

  1. cazzypot2013 7 December 2015 at 9:51 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on The Echo Chamber.

  2. Frances 9 December 2015 at 5:09 pm Reply

    We’re currently moderating writing and looking for some good examples of emerging, developing, secure and mastery at each year group. Any ideas where I can find some?

    • Michael Tidd 9 December 2015 at 6:59 pm Reply

      A few issues here: firstly, secure and mastery should amount to the same thing.
      Secondly, I don’t think you’ll find anything like that, because we haven’t even seen the official exemplification for Years 2 and 6 yet, so anyone who tries to put something together for the years in between is taking a big risk.

  3. Billy 10 December 2015 at 10:48 am Reply

    As you very well know, the interim assessment documents requires’…teachers… to have evidence that a pupil demonstrates consistent attainment of *all* the statements within the standard.’

    Of the people I have spoken to about this, consensus is that if schools are completely honest then there will be less than 25% of children nationwide working at expected standard in maths and approximately 15 children nationally (that’s 15, not 15%) working at the expected standard in science.

    Keeping government and Ofsted on our side remains a priority for so many schools so this honest assessment simply won’t take place.

    To submit science with complete honesty contains risk as it could lead to a proposal of the return of science tests in KS2.

    However, total honesty in maths where evidence of ‘consistent attainment of all the statements’ was the only way in which ‘expected standard’ is given to a pupil would be superseded by the test results – the achievements of children would be seen to be far higher in the SATs than from TA.

    Could would be a way moving the discussion forward about the value and methodology of the interim TA framework?

    • Michael Tidd 10 December 2015 at 10:53 am Reply

      Could be a step towards not bothering with teacher assessment at all.

      • Billy 10 December 2015 at 11:13 am Reply

        The way they want us to do it? Oh, yes please.

  4. Stuart 10 December 2015 at 11:26 am Reply

    Do we know what will be used as the baseline KS1 judgement for current year 2? If a child was given ‘working below’ by the Teacher Assessment but got ‘working at’ in the test what would be seen as their starting point for KS2 progress measures 4 years later?

    • Stuart 10 December 2015 at 11:30 am Reply

      Or are we still saying the teacher can use what the test outcome is to inform their teacher assessment?

      I can’t remember if teachers will know the raw score needed for each judgement before the TA submission deadline or not.

      • Michael Tidd 10 December 2015 at 1:50 pm Reply

        The advice from the DfE webinar was to make a judgement before you see the tests results and then reflect on them once you’ve got the scaled scores

    • Michael Tidd 10 December 2015 at 1:49 pm Reply

      It will be the teacher assessment. Tests are just used to inform the teacher assessment.

  5. Harvey Webb (@harvwebb) 13 December 2015 at 11:44 pm Reply

    I’m confused. The 2016 KS2 Assessment and reporting arrangements (ARA) still says 24th June 2016 on its pages as the deadline for teacher assessment.

    But I can see from the TA moderation requirements doc that the date is 27th May 2016 as you have also stated above. Any idea why they’ve got two conflicting dates up? Pretty important we know the deadline as it has big implications for getting the Writing TAs finished!

    • Michael Tidd 13 December 2015 at 11:46 pm Reply

      The only explanation I can come up with is that the machinations of government are slow, but whims far quicker!

  6. Vicky 16 December 2015 at 2:55 am Reply

    Has anyone actually confirmed these Teacher Assessment submission date changes? With the speed these documents are thought up, could the dates just be a typo!?

    • Michael Tidd 16 December 2015 at 6:50 am Reply

      The webinar that came out a week or two ago did say that the dates were being brought forward to allow for moderation to happen later, so it was to be expected, in a fashion!

  7. Rachel 23 March 2016 at 11:56 am Reply

    In writing, how many times do we need to see it in writing before we can tick it as achieved? I have been told 3 times for KS1 and 6 times for KS2? I have looked through the documents and can’t see this recorded anywhere?

    • Michael Tidd 23 March 2016 at 12:57 pm Reply

      There is no rule. Simply ‘enough times for you to feel confident that they can do it’.
      Some you would expect to be more consistent than others.

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