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Statutory Assessment and Moderation January 2021 update

Published: Tuesday, 12th January 2021

Information on early years moderation and KS1 and KS2 statutory assessment and moderation

Early Years Moderation

There has not yet been any announcement regarding the expectation on Local Authorities and schools regarding early years moderation and collection of EYFSP data in summer 2021.
We currently have cluster moderation sessions scheduled to take place in March, to help ensure the accuracy and consistency of EYFSP assessments made by early year's providers. These sessions are available to book through CPD online, (search 'EYFSP').

We would encourage schools to still book themselves a place on one of these sessions because even if we are not required to moderate in the same way this year, it is our intention to use this time to support Reception teachers with the quality assurance of their provision for Reception aged children for both on site and home learning. This will also support the process of internal moderation.

At these sessions, we can evaluate the learning that has taken place so far this academic year and discuss how the remainder of the year can be used to support further learning in order for each child to reach their full potential and achieve the Early Learning Goals.  It will be an ideal opportunity, to have that professional dialogue between colleagues about the accuracy of judgements that each teacher is making.  We will use the virtual ‘meeting room’ facility for this.
The prime purpose of the EYFSP information at the end of the year is to inform the Year 1 teachers of the children’s strengths and areas of development so that they can meet their needs and carry on their learning. The sessions will therefore also provide an opportunity to discuss and gain a shared view of the consistency and accuracy of judgements being made in preparation for this transition later in the year. If you have any queries about Early Years moderation and assessment, please contact Gill Deakin 

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Statutory Assessment and Moderation

As you will have seen the Phonics Screening Check KS1 and KS2 statutory assessment and moderation have all been cancelled for 2021. Schools will still need to make robust teacher assessments for end of key stage judgements.  Whilst we have taken the decision to suspend all CPD for statutory assessment and moderation, we are aware that there are a significant number of schools still keen to develop and strengthen their assessment processes. The School Improvement team are currently developing an alternative package to support schools with assessment. Virtual courses will include standardisation, moderation and how to accurately assess different standards, as well as CPD on effective sequences to generate writing opportunities,  over short periods of time. In addition to this we are going to run specific sessions targeted at those staff new to Year 2 and Year 6, as well as delivering sessions on writing assessment across years 1,3,4 and 5. We will be in touch before half term with dates and arrangements for these sessions.  If you have any queries about statutory assessment or end of Key stage judgments, please contact the Moderation Manager Jane 

Remote/Distance  Learning

Our processes for remote learning have developed at significant speed in the last 12 months and we are aware it is a steep learning curve for all. Additional guidelines are also appearing rapidly. The School Improvement team are currently working on a toolkit which will include support and resources on topics such as:

•    Developing a blended approach to distance learning
•    Targeted support to close gaps
•    Parental expectations
•    Resources
•    Managing teacher workload
•    In school/remote provision
•    Monitoring effectiveness

We aim to have this document with you shortly. In the meantime, if you have any queries about remote learning please contact your School Improvement Adviser or a member of the School Improvement team.

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