For Academies, Free and Independent Schools.
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 (STA). Academies must comply with the requirements of maintained schools for moderation and monitoring of statutory assessments.
All academies (and free schools as in law they are academies) need to nominate a provider for moderation and monitoring services if the new school was created before September 2019. Schools converting to academy status after September 2019 are automatically included in the geographical local authority arrangements for the 2019/2020 assessment cycle.
Please note that moderation of EYFS in academies is an exception to the above in that it is always automatically included in the geographical local authority arrangements.
Upon nominating the local authority as your provider, you will 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
- 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
- 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 Reception, 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.
EYFSP agreement trialling events
The EYFSP agreement trialling events for all foundation stage practitioners, teaching assistants and Year 1 teachers are available to book via S4S. These events will take place from the 17 March 2020 to 2 April 2020. Please note that this year the particular focus will be on literacy and mathematics. Headteachers and governors should be aware of their duty to arrange for practitioners responsible for the completion of the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile to attend these local authority moderation activities every year. They are crucial if school EYFSP data is to be accurate.
Remember to sign up to receive weekly updates from the Standards Teaching Agency (STA). These provide information, reminders and deadlines for primary assessment tasks.
For further information please contact:
Nicola Joanne Smith
Senior Adviser for School Improvement
tel: 01629 532736