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Assessment, monitoring, statutory and non-statutory moderation 2021 - 2022

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Although from this academic year external moderation by local authorities of the EYFSP will no longer continue, it remains essential that schools ensure accurate, secure, and reliable assessment takes place. The main purpose of the EYFSP is to support the successful transition of children into year 1, by informing a professional dialogue between EYFS and year 1 teachers and to inform parents about their child’s development.

Our team of both Early Years Officer (EYO) moderators and trained, experienced school-based moderators will be offering support to schools through non-statutory moderation activities. In addition, half hour 1-2-1 assessment surgeries for specific questions or queries and for practitioners to seek advice for assessment in the absence of statutory processes are available over of the summer term.

Opportunities for early years moderation activities, whether across the county or through bespoke cluster sessions are available to book via S4S.

Early Years Moderation and Agreement Trailing Opportunities can be accessed via the S4S website.

Guidance on the Early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework and the Early years foundation stage profile handbook can be viewed on the GOV.UK website.

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (Years 2 and 6)

This year, the statutory duty for local authorities to moderate teacher assessment judgements for a minimum sample of 25% of schools in key stages 1 and 2 returns. The moderation window will run from Monday 6 June to Tuesday 28 June 2022.

Schools sampled to receive an external moderation visit by a local authority moderator will be notified by letter on the secure download facility, on Friday 13 May 2022.

All our moderators have been fully trained using the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) materials and have successfully completed the STA standardisation exercise required to moderate on behalf of Derbyshire County Council.

Our team of trained and experienced consultants and school-based moderators will be offering support to schools through training events. In addition, assessment surgeries for specific questions or queries will be made available during the summer term.

Training courses for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 writing moderation are available to book via the S4S website.

For more information about bespoke sessions for schools or clusters, please contact the Education Improvement Service.
email: EIS@derbyshire.gov.uk 

Key Stage 1 External Moderation

This requires the moderation of teacher assessment judgements in reading, writing, and maths.

Key Stage 2 External Moderation

This requires the moderation of teacher assessment judgements in writing only.

Monitoring Duties

Local authorities also have a statutory duty to monitor a minimum of 10% of schools for the administration of Key Stage 2 (KS2) national curriculum tests and the Phonics Screening Check (PSC). These monitoring visits are unannounced.

For academies, participating independent schools and free schools, details of the costs associated with these statutory requirements are detailed on the EIS: Curriculum Support page of the S4S website.

Guidance documents

Pre-key stage standards

These should be used for pupils working below the national curriculum assessment standard and engaged in subject-specific study.

Pre-key stage 1 standards and pre-key stage 2 standards guidance documents are available from the GOV.UK website.

A video from the DfE about the use of the pre-key stage standards in primary schools is available on YouTube.

Key Stage 1

Various guidance for Key Stage 1 (KS1) is available from the GOV.UK website. Including:

Key Stage 2

Guidance for Key Stage 2 (KS2) is available from the GOV.UK website. Including:

Phonics Screening Check (PSC)

Year 2 pupils who did not meet the expected standard in the 2021 autumn check will be expected to take the statutory check in June 2022, alongside year 1 pupils.

The year 1 phonics screening check is to be administered from 6 June to 10 June 2022.

The Key Stage 1 phonics screening check administration guidance will be updated in March and will be found on the GOV.UK website.

You may wish to attend a PSC briefing – this is a key opportunity to understand the statutory requirements of the check and to be clear in your role as check administrator. This will take place on 17 May 2022, 1:30pm to 3pm. For more information or to book a place, please visit the Derbyshire Services for Schools website.

Engagement Model 

This engagement model should be used for pupils working below the national curriculum assessment standard and not engaged in subject-specific study.

Year 4 multiplication tables check

The multiplication tables check guidance is due to be updated in March 2022 and will be found on the GOV.UK website.

Sign up for the STA Assessment updates

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

You can sign up for KS1 updates as well as KS2 updates on the GOV.UK website.

Contact us

For further information please contact:

Key Stage 1 and 2 moderation team

John LeGood
KS1 Moderation Manager
email: john.legood@derbyshire.gov.uk

Julie Parker
KS2 Moderation Manager
email: julie.parker@derbyshire.gov.uk

Nicola Smith
External Moderation and Monitoring Manager, Senior Adviser for School Improvement
email: nicola.joanne.smith@derbyshire.gov.uk
tel: 01629 532736

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