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.
The Teacher's Moderation Toolkit Book 3 has been created for use with KS1 (Years 5 and 6).
Ensuring accurate teacher assessment of writing and consistency across school is high on the agenda for many primary school teachers.
The Teacher's Moderation Toolkit provides everything that is needed to equip staff with a wide range of resources to:
• Support their own judgements, by providing high-quality, standardised, termly examples of real children's writing;
• Provide staff with examples of writing that they can annotate in phases or clusters, using non-negotiable writing sheets referenced to the national curriculum, which can be checked against annoted examples in the resource book; and
• Share exemplar’s with pupils, to raise expectations, to peer assess a neutral priece of writing and to up-level writing.
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
Very helpful resourceCarla Gotch, Assistant Head