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The local authority undertakes statutory duties in relation to moderation and monitoring of assessments in line with requirements outlined annually by the DfE and the Standards and Testing Agency.

Academies must comply with the requirements of maintained schools for moderation and monitoring of statutory assessments.

Local authority schools, and academies which nominate us as their chosen provider, receive moderation and monitoring visits in line with all statutory requirements:

  • moderation of end of EYFS assessments at least once every four years
  • moderation of end of key stage one teacher assessments at least once every four years in primary schools (and every other year in infant schools if this remains a statutory requirement)
  • moderation of Year Six writing teacher assessments at least once every four years
  • unannounced monitoring visits to observe administration processes for the phonics screening check at least once every four years
  • unannounced monitoring visits to observe administration processes for key stage two SATS
  • more frequent visits are arranged if there are teachers new to teaching in Year Two or in Year Six; if headteachers request moderation; if the school is in an Ofsted category. These visits are also in line with statutory requirements of the DfE.

Weekly updates

Remember to sign up to receive weekly updates from the Standards Teaching Agency (STA). These provide information, reminders and deadlines for primary assessment tasks.

Two opportunities exist for experienced teachers, headteachers and deputy headteachers to work with the Education Improvement Service in carrying out its statutory requirement to moderate Key Stage 1 teacher assessments and Key Stage 2 Statutory writing assessments in June 2019.  Please see attached letters.

Contact us

For further information please contact:

Julie Barton
Senior Adviser for School Improvement
email: julie.barton@derbyshire.gov.uk
tel: 01629 532898

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