The Teacher’s Moderation Toolkit has been written by teachers for teachers. It is a resource that can be used in a variety of ways to support accurate teacher assessment of writing for years 1 to 6. It can be used to standardise and benchmark children’s writing at three termly intervals, as a CPD resource to support teachers working together to make judgements and also as a classroom resource to share the expected standards of writing with children.
The toolkit is made up of three books: a UKS2 resource, an LKS2 resource and a KS1 resource (that also includes some EYFS writing). Each year group has three collections of writing (autumn expectation, spring expectation and summer expectation) that include a wide range of genres. Teachers have used criteria based on the National Curriculum to form their judgements (writing non-negotiable grids) and have ensured that previous years’ writing objectives have been achieved in addition to the year group being assessed. Ensuring that the teacher assessment of writing is accurate is a whole school responsibility.
One of the most pivotal forms of CPD in relation to this is completing whole school moderations, phase moderations or clusters of moderations. The Teacher’s Moderation Toolkit provides teachers with collections of children’s writing to assess together as a staff. Staff can then go on to benchmark and standardise their own pupils’ writing using this toolkit.
Teaching is hard enough without feeling unprepared and unsupported. We believe that the toolkit both prepares our staff with the ability to talk with confidence about progression in writing and supports their judgements. In essence, we don’t know how schools manage without it.Connor Lavin, Deputy Headteacher, St Stephens
Very helpful resourceCarla Gotch, Assistant Head
As a school improvement consultant and a local authority writing moderation manager, I can strongly recommend the Teacher’s Moderation Toolkit, which I think is an invaluable resource for primary school teachers. The three books in the series provide real, practical, moderated examples of pupils’ writing across each year group. The samples are very useful in informing individual teacher’s judgements but are also highly effective in guiding moderation and informing standardisation exercises within and across schools. I have recommended these books on numerous occasions and the feedback which I subsequently receive has been overwhelmingly positive. The books are excellent value for money and I would urge all schools to buy copies.Mary Arnold, School Improvement Consultant