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LA moderation of writing: moderation 'script' for 2018

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Revised teacher assessment guidance for schools and local authorities has been published for both KS1 and KS2 in 2018. Schools will be informed on or after Friday 18 May if they are going to receive an external moderation visit and those visits will take place between Monday 4 June and Thursday 28 June.

NAHT received feedback from members with concerns about moderation in 2017 and we negotiated hard to achieve key changes. NAHT also secured significant changes to the teacher assessment of writing for 2018. The "pupil can" statements in the writing framework have been revised with a greater emphasis on composition and less prescription for the technical aspects. Teachers are also now able to use a more flexible approach in their assessment to ensure that a particular weakness does not prevent an accurate judgement of a pupil's overall attainment being made.

Mandatory national Local Authority (LA) moderator training continued in 2018 and NAHT has ensured the training materials used for this training are available for schools. These materials will be useful to schools, particularly to understand the new approach to the assessment of writing. In particular, the KS1 and KS2 teacher assessment moderation training packs contain useful suggested scenarios to illustrate 'particular weaknesses'. To access these materials visit NCA Tools or click here.

There may still be some challenging discussions with LA moderators and below you will find some suggested responses to particular issues or questions which may arise. We hope that the "script" will support you to take control of the LA moderation process.

First published 30 April 2018
30/04/2018