Selecting schools for moderation visit
The Standards and Testing Agency will select a number of schools for moderation, which must be included in the local authority's moderation arrangements. Authorities must include schools for moderation based on their own local intelligence to ensure that they externally moderate 25% of their schools. Triggers for external moderation may include:
- New teaching staff
- New senior leadership team
- Ofsted concern
- Historical data concern
- Date of last external moderation
- Other local concern
In line with The Standards and Testing Agency effective practice, we provide opportunities for cross-phase school standardisation and moderation against national standards, supported by external moderators, at moderation meetings. All schools are invited to attend central moderation meetings run in collaboration with the Teaching Schools. This helps to ensure consistency of national standards across the authority.
Preparing for the moderation visit
Schools selected for an external moderation visit will be notified by email. They will then be invited to attend a ‘Meet the Moderator’ session where key information regarding the visit will be shared. It will be an opportunity for the school and moderator to arrange a date for the moderation visit and for the school to provide moderators with a class list of teaching assessment judgements per class (UPNs and gender only - no names). Schools unable to attend the meet the moderator session will be contacted by an external moderator to arrange a mutually convenient date for the moderation visit.
Schools selected for an external moderation visit are asked to ensure that:
- the moderator receives a list of pupil teacher assessment judgements by class (UPN numbers and gender – no names) for reading, writing and mathematics at KS1 and writing at KS2 at the meet the moderator session (or in advance of their visit if unable to attend the meet the moderator session).
- the external moderators and teachers can meet together in a quiet area with access to children’s evidence of on-going learning and assessment, in whatever format it is routinely kept
- schools prepare for a professional discussion with the external moderator, to look at how the evidence supports their teacher assessment judgements
- there is an opportunity for the external moderators to meet the headteacher and teachers to offer formal verbal and written feedback at the end of the visit.
The moderation visit
The purpose of the visit is to ensure that the school’s summative teaching assessment judgements are accurate and consistent with the national standards.
- Two moderators will visit school
- Visits will usually take half a day, although may be longer for 3 or 4 form entry schools
- From the pupil list provided by the school moderators will:
- select a minimum sample of 15% across the cohort for writing at KS2 and 10% across the cohort for reading, writing and mathematics at KS1 or in the case of a single class, a minimum of five children for writing at KS2 and 3 for reading, 3 for writing and 3 for mathematics (different children for each subject where possible) at KS1. The sample will cover the full range of attainment in all classes – see below
Key Stage 1 - 10% sample
|1FE or less||3 pupils||3 pupils||3 pupils||9 pupils|
|2FE||6 pupils||6 pupils||6 pupils||18 pupils|
|3FE||9 pupils||9 pupils||9 pupils||27 pupils|
|4FE||12 pupils||12 pupils||12 pupils||36 pupils|
Key Stage 2 - 15% sample
|1FE or less||5 pupils|
- use the sample as the basis for professional discussion with the team of year 2/6 teachers
- inform the school of sample children by 9am the day before the visit
- During the professional discussion the teachers articulate the reasons for their judgments and provide evidence, demonstrating their understanding of national standards. Discussion will also include the context of the work and level of independence.
- Reference must be made to the ‘Pupil Can’ statements in the Interim Teacher Assessment Frameworks.
- Where there is insufficient evidence or concerns about the accuracy of the teachers’ judgements, moderators will request additional evidence.
Suitable evidence for moderation
External moderators will expect to see a variety of evidence produced during day-to-day teaching to validate the schools’ judgements. The evidence must show that the pupil demonstrates attainment of all the ‘Pupil Can’ statements within the standard and all the statements in the preceding standard(s). (Please note specific advice on handwriting). Evidence should include a range of work from pupils’ exercise books, other examples of work, assessment records and any other evidence that the school considers relevant; including ‘rough’ work as well as ‘finished’ examples. External moderators will expect to see a range of work from across the curriculum.
Please note that there is no expectation or requirement to photocopy the children’s work that is being moderated. If the evidence is limited it is likely that the school’s teacher assessment will not be consistent with national standards.
Completion of the moderation visit
At the end of the visit verbal and written feedback will be provided. The moderators will inform the headteacher or representative of the outcome of the external moderation visit, both verbally and in a written visit record. This feedback will detail any instances where the assessment is not in line with national standards. The moderators will inform the school of the action to be taken. The LA record of visit will also detail the number of children in the cohort at each standard.
The completed visit record, detailing the teacher and moderator judgements and any changes, must be signed by the headteacher (or representative) and moderator. The final copy will be returned to the local authority moderation manager.
A copy of the moderation visit evaluation form will be left with the school to complete after the visit and return to the local authority moderation manager. Feedback will be used to inform future planning.
If you do not agree with the moderator’s judgement you are able to appeal against the decision, using the appeals process.
Schools must submit teacher assessment judgements to the local authority data team by the dates specified:
KS1 - 20 June 2016
KS2 - 22 June 2016