Grainne Hallahan

Tips to make sure you get moderation right

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Moderation – checking that judgements of students’ work are comparable across a department – is a tricky business, particularly this year with the pressure of teacher-assessed grades. Grainne Hallahan seeks expert advice on making the process run smoothly

GCSE and A-level assessment: How schools can get moderation right

Imagine asking every teacher in your department to go away and create their own ruler. Once they have done that, you compare the rulers, to check that the lines match up.

When we ask teachers to take part in department moderation, we are asking them to do something similar – and this analogy illustrates why it can be such a tricky process.

Moderation is about checking that judgements of students’ work are comparable across your department. It means reaching a consensus on what it looks like when a student is demonstrating a skill “consistently” rather than “considerably”, and that isn’t ...

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