Primary Moderation and Monitoring

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Local authorities have the following statutory duties regarding moderation and monitoring of primary assessments in maintained schools:

Early Years Foundation Stage

  • Moderation of EYFS profile assessments should be a collaborative process with colleagues. This supports the quality assurance of teacher assessment judgements and provides a valuable opportunity for professional development
  • It is important for teachers to build a shared understanding of the ELGs and the EYFS framework. Schools may wish to work together and attend Local Authority moderation support CPD, so that teachers can share experiences and develop their assessment skills. For details please contact the Early Years Workforce Development Team Website:
  • Statutory moderation in schools by local authorities was removed as part of the EYFS reforms, however, schools with an Ofsted of less than good or with a teacher new to EYFS will be offered the opportunity for one of our EYFSP moderators to book a time to complete a moderation visit to support the school in the summer term. This visit would not involve a cost to the school and would be considered a supportive measure for the practitioners. Schools that do not fall under this category can purchase a moderation visit.
  • Moderation meetings will be available on the CPD calendar for all reception teachers to book on to in the summer term.

Key Stage 1

  • National Curriculum tests in Reading and Maths is no longer statutory for KS1 (academic year 2023 onwards). Schools may choose to complete optional tests during the month of May. Writing at KS1 is no longer moderated as part of this process.
  • Local authorities must visit 10% of schools administering Phonics Screening checks for monitoring purposes.
  • Meetings will be available throughout the school year, led by the moderation manager, for Y1-Y3 colleagues to book onto to meet, collaborate, share practice and standardise work.

Key Stage 2

  • Local authorities must visit 10% of schools administering National Curriculum Tests (SATs) for monitoring purposes.
  • Local authorities must moderate writing within a minimum of 25% of schools within their area.
  • Various moderation and standardisation events will be available throughout the school year, led by the moderation manager, for colleagues to book onto to support the standardisation and moderation process in schools. These will include events for HT, SLT as well as class teachers.



All academies will be contacted by the Moderation and Monitoring team to determine their requirements for 2023/24 during the Autumn Term.

Key Contacts 

Claire O’Connell
Early Years Moderation
01296 387037




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