Year 6 children, who are 10 or 11, undertake externally-marked tests in grammar, reading and maths, but the writing is teacher assessed. Schools are chosen at random to be moderated to check the teacher assessments are being made according to the criteria. The moderators agreed with all the teacher’s assessments, except for the children he put forward for the highest mark as they did not find the precision they were looking for. An example of the lack of precision they gave was a missing y from the end of ‘they’ in an eight-page autobiography. She had made one slip, which was not a misspelling since there were numerous examples of the word correctly written in the rest of her book. Her writing is interesting, imaginative and enjoyable to read and its quality is evident when compared to writing by her peers.

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