STATUTORY FUNCTIONS

Moderation

External moderation of teacher assessment is based on the Standard and Testing Agency Reporting Arrangements (ARA).

Local Authorities (LAs) have a statutory duty to moderate the teacher assessment (TA) judgements for KS1 and KS2. The management of this process will be delivered by HEP.

LAs are required to externally moderate a sample of at least 25% of LA-maintained schools on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education. This exercise will  validate TA judgments in KS1 in English reading, English writing and mathematics and in KS2 English writing, which forms part of the school’s published accountability data. Academies are responsible for confirming their choice of LA external moderation provider to STA during the autumn term. Academies are treated in the same way as maintained schools in the external moderation process. LAs must ensure that academies are moderated once every 4 years, or more frequently if required, in addition to the 25% sample of LA maintained schools.

All external moderation is a collaborative process between the LA external moderation team and the school.  Statutory external moderation helps quality assure these judgments. It is used to confirm that TA judgments in both KS1 and KS2 are accurate and consistent with national standards. This ensures that schools are assessing accurately against national standards and the system is fair to all pupils.

Teachers should consider it a positive part of their professional development. It offers the opportunity to discuss judgments on pupil performance against the requirements of the Teacher Assessment Framework KS1 and KS2 and the Standard and Testing Agency (STA) exemplification material.

Maintained schools selected by the LA to receive a moderation visit as part of its programme will not be charged. Academies, Free  and independent settings that have chosen to receive a moderation visit as part of the programme will be charged based on the number of forms of entry.

Moderation and Assessment Information

Costings for Moderation and Monitoring Service for Academies, Free and Independent schools

Academy schools must procure an LA to provide statutory moderation and monitoring services. The STA have decided that academies will be automatically allocated to their geographical LA unless they notify the STA (through NCA tools). HEP will be carry out this work on behalf of Haringey LA.

In the event of a school being selected for a KS1 and or KS2 moderation visit schools will be charged, schools receiving a visit must purchase the service.

External moderation visits are carried out once in a four year cycle, and more frequently if a school hits the selection criteria:

  • Teacher new to year 2/6, NQT
  • New senior leadership team, including new Head teacher /Principal
  • Ofsted concern
  • STA inform the LA of schools the LA must include in the sample

The costing:

Statutory KS1 Moderation Visit
  • 1 form entry  -£400
  • 2 form entry – £450
  • 3 form entry – £500
Number of moderators carrying out a visit:
  • 1 form entry – minimum of 2
  • 2 form entry – minimum of 3
  • 3 form entry- minimum of 3
Statutory KS2 Moderation Visit 2019
  • 1 form entry – £350
  • 2 form entry – £400
  • 3 form entry – £450
Number of moderators carrying out a visit:
  • 1 form entry – minimum of 2
  • 2 form entry – minimum of 2
  • 3 form entry- minimum of 3

In the unlikely event that the school should wish to appeal the judgments made at the time of the moderation visit, there will be no additional charge for this process.

Monitoring of Key Stage 2 SATs and Phonics Screening Check

Local authorities (LAs) have a statutory responsibility to monitor the administration of key stage 2 (KS2) national curriculum tests and the phonics screening check. Haringey Education Partnership (HEP) carry out these visits on behalf of the LA.

This monitoring is unannounced. The process helps to ensure that the security and confidentiality of test materials are maintained, and that the assessments are administered correctly and consistently. The monitoring visits also give headteachers a formal opportunity to demonstrate how their school is administering KS2 tests and the phonics screening check. During KS2 monitoring visits, monitoring visitors will also be asked to review the security of key stage 1 (KS1) test materials, where applicable. They are not expected to observe the actual administration of the KS1 tests.

Monitoring visits help to ensure that:

  • the security and confidentiality of test and check materials are maintained
  • KS2 tests and the phonics screening check are administered correctly and consistently

Academies and free schools are required to ensure they have employed an LA of their choice to undertake their monitoring activities.

Key Stage 2 Monitoring Visits

LAs must undertake monitoring visits to at least 10% of their schools. This includes:

  • LA maintained schools
  • participating pupil referral units or special schools
  • academies and free schools that have chosen to be monitored by the LA
  • independent schools that have chosen to be monitored by the LA
  • a sample of schools which the Standard and Testing Agency (STA) will identify

LAs should not arrange for more than one visit to an individual school unless the STA have raised specific concerns. The STA recommend that approximately:

  • 10% of visits take place during the week beginning before the SATs week
  • 80% of visits are carried out during the test period from Monday to Thursday
  • 10% of visits take place immediately after the test period week

Phonics Screening Check Monitoring Visits

At least 10% of schools administering the phonics screening check in the LA must receive a visit. This includes:

  • participating pupil referral units or special schools
  • academies and free schools that have chosen to be monitored by the LA
  • maintained nursery schools with registered pupils who will reach the age of 6 before the end of the school year

LAs should not arrange for more than one visit to an individual school unless the STA have raised specific concerns. The STA recommend that approximately:

  • 10% of visits take place during the week prior to the phonics screening check period
  • 80% of visits are carried out during the phonics screening check period
  • 10% of visits take place immediately after the phonics screening check period