The TES is reporting that heads are saying that inconsistencies are putting the whole assessment process in jeopardy.
Moderation is supposed to ensure that the results – used as high-stakes accountability measures – are produced nationally on the same basis and enable like-for-like comparisons between schools.
But heads are reporting so much variation between what moderators in different local authorities expect that they think fair evaluations of school performance will be impossible.
Kevin Courtney, deputy general secretary of the NUT teaching union, said he had also been contacted by members over concerns about moderation. “I think this problem lies at the government’s door,” he said. “There’s been a lack of clarity from beginning to end of how this writing work is to be assessed and it has led to a variation of different approaches being adopted in different authorities.”
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