‘It is still not an accurate way of judging schools’

The moderators check the teachers, but figures show that one in eight of them fail their own tests

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It is the time of year when the great semicolon hunt begins in Year 6 classes around the country. Each year, thousands of teachers are asked to present their pupils’ work to local authority moderators. The moderators then check whether these stories, non-chronological reports and pieces of persuasive writing support the teacher’s judgement that the child is indeed working at greater depth in writing – something that the correct use of a semicolon can help decide.

But who checks the moderators?

Following concern over the level of variation between authorities in 2016, the Standards and Testing ...

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