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09 Nov 2018
Recruitment of Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2 lead moderators

The Standards and Learning Effectiveness Service (SLES) is looking to recruit experienced Year 2 and Year 6 teachers and or moderators to undertake the role of Lead Moderator for Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2.

The Local Authority (LA) has a statutory duty to moderate teacher assessment judgments in Key Stage 1 (reading, writing and mathematics) and Key Stage 2 (writing). In order to effectively meet this duty, the LA needs to seek additional capacity from in-school practitioners.

We are, therefore, seeking to recruit Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 lead moderators for the 2019 teacher assessment moderation programme. We are inviting applications from Year 2 or Year 6 teachers possessing the suitable knowledge, skills and experience.

Lead moderators will represent the LA by visiting schools in June to check the accuracy of their teacher assessment judgements. These in-school visits usually take a half day (either morning or afternoon) and are conducted in pairs. Larger schools (usually three form entry or more) may require a full day visit and/ or additional moderators. The moderation manager will ensure that no moderator does more than one visit in a day.

Lead moderators may also be asked to undertake additional support work within targeted schools/ groups of schools within their Education Improvement Partnership (EIP) groups. This additional work would be negotiated with the moderator and the moderator’s headteacher and all supply costs will be met either by the LA directly or by the EIP concerned.

Opportunities for additional support work 





Early support – this support would aim to support teachers with best practice in early assessments and focus on strategies for addressing gaps and moving children forward. Note: Only applicants who were moderators in 2018 will be considered for this phase of support.

A maximum of 2 days (or 4 half days) in Term 2


Mid-year ‘health checks’ – this support would build on the early phase support, and look at how strategies have been implemented and what further support the school/s may need.

A maximum of 1 day (or 2 half days) across terms 3 and 4.



Support for making final assessments – this support would be in the form of twilights to double check how groups of schools are managing prior to the moderation cycle.

A maximum of half a day in term 5


Successful applicants will:

  • Receive 2 days (1 full day and two half days) fully funded training by STA approved trainers to ensure that they are fully prepared to undertake external moderation visits.




Tuesday 11th December 2018

9.30 – 4.00 (lunch provided)

Wellshurst Golf Club

Monday 11th February 2019

1.30 – 4.00

Wellshurst Golf Club

Monday 29th April 2019

1.30 – 4.00

Wellshurst Golf Club







Wednesday 12th December 2018

9.30 – 4.00 (lunch provided)

Wellshurst Golf Club

Tuesday 12th February 2019

1.30 – 4.00

Wellshurst Golf Club

Tuesday 30th April 2019

1.30 – 4.00

Wellshurst Golf Club

Please note: applicants MUST be able to attend the full day of training as this is when they will be taking the standardisation test. If you cannot attend on the relevant day for your key stage, you will not be able to be a lead moderator.

  • Be required to pass a standardisation test (taken at the end of the first training session)
  • Be invited to undertake additional support work with targeted schools
  • Be expected to undertake a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 in-school moderation visits in June (a maximum time commitment of 3 full school days in total)
  • Undertake moderation visits in pairs
  • Be expected to support at least one cluster event (end of May/ beginning of June) – 1 day
  • Be invited to attend a moderator evaluation session on the 9th of July 2019 (for KS1) or the 10th of July 2019 (for KS2) at St Mark’s House in Eastbourne.

Becoming a lead moderator is an invaluable professional development opportunity for nominated teachers as they will see a wide range of assessment practices and have an opportunity to work alongside the SLES manager, experienced moderators and practicing teachers. They will also have excellent opportunities to share good practice and develop their professional portfolio.

In order to apply, teachers should:

  • Be an experienced teacher (at least two years in the profession)
  • Have recent teaching experience in either Year 2 or Year 6
  • Have a strong understanding of the Teacher Assessment Frameworks (KS1) and/or the Teacher Assessment Frameworks (KS2)
  • Have a strong understanding of the pre-key stage standards (KS1) and/ or the pre-key stage standards (KS2)
  • Understand the difference between standardisation and moderation
  • Have some experience of leading moderation and standardisation within school or across schools
  • Have recent experience of end of key stage assessment (within the last two years)
  • Be able to challenge and support colleagues, and engage in robust professional dialogue
  • Be a reflexive practitioner
  • Have a good command of English and be able to produce clear, accurate reports on visits
  • Have the written approval of their headteacher
  • Complete the application form and submit it to the moderation manager by email, no later than noon on the 9th of November 2018:

KS1 Moderator Application Form.

KS2 Moderator Application Form.

The deadline for applications is mid-day on the 9th of November 2018. If you have any questions or need any further details, please email



Suzy Buist
Suzy Buist
Support and Intervention Manager: Assessment

Phone: 01323 466976