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This grid is a comprehensive list of writing standards arranged by yeargroup. An assessment grid can be printed for every pupil and laminated. Dates can then be added in permanent marker on the laminated sheet in the columns provided, for example, if a pupil used a semi-colon in a piece of writing, simply write the date of that piece of work next to that standard on their assessment grid thus making the moderation process much easier for teachers and moderators wanting to find evidence.

This sheet can also be shared with pupils to show them what they need to include in their writing to meet / exceed the age related expectation.

It has been used for writing moderation multiple times now and has received great feedback from moderators as it “makes finding evidence of the standards easier and faster”.

  • To judge that a pupil is working at a standard in English writing, teachers need to have evidence which demonstrates that the pupil meets the standard described overall.
  • A pupil’s writing should meet all of the statements within the standard at which they are judged. However, teachers can use their discretion to ensure that, on occasion, a particular weakness does not prevent an accurate judgement being made of a pupil’s attainment overall. A teacher’s professional judgement about whether the pupil has met the standard overall takes precedence. This approach applies to English writing only.
  • A particular weakness could relate to a part or the whole of a statement (or statements), if there is good reason to judge that it would prevent an accurate judgement being made.
  • A pupil’s answers to specific questions in classroom tests may provide additional evidence that they have met certain statements. Although tests might not focus solely on the key aspects in this framework, they may also provide evidence to support the judgement overall.
  • A pupil’s writing which teachers use to make judgements must be produced independently. Teachers can refer to STA’s guidance on teacher assessment for further information about independent work.


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    Just what we needed for review and target setting – thank you

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  • Perfect for Moderation

    Used to quickly find evidence for each standard during moderation

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    Last Update: 12th November 2020
    Released: 27th November 2017