Tomorrow in our development meeting, the teachers will be carrying out an English moderation exercise. This moderation will be a vertical checking exercise meaning that we will be moderating across all years rather than just one year.  We will focus on one priority strand, sentence fluency, to see how it develops across the years. This helps the teachers to get a fix on the standards that apply above and below their own year, to see where they should pitch their own work.

Three children are selected randomly from each class and their English books  will be laid out in a long line starting with the youngest year and going up to year 6.

Each pair of teachers will be equipped with an assessment ladder for the strand and a year to check against – this will be the year below the one they teach with FS to year 6.  Having our assessment bookmarks makes the job much easier as the bookmarks give the dates when the statement was achieved so it can be cross referenced.  We also check to ensure that the children in both classes are getting the same experiences. At the end of this moderation the teachers then construct a professional next step for the year group they have been moderating.

Next, the teachers circulate around the samples in order to look across the years to see if the line of continuity and challenge is steady. They look for years in which the level of expectation stalls or accelerates

Finally there is a discussion on the following

  1. How are we doing against each year’s objectives?
  2. Are there clear successes and shortcomings?
  3. Does the gradient of challenge feel right?
  4. Do we have the right sort of evidence to make a judgement?

All the feedback from our meeting is collated and then discussed at our next LiLT (Leaders in Learning Team) meeting. This is to ensure we follow up with any recommendations and put support in place if it is required. As a school we are always striving for excellence.