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2018 teacher assessment exemplification: KS2 English writing

A summary of the updated teacher assessment exemplification of English writing at the end of key stage 2.

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The Standards and Testing Agency has put together 4 examples of pupils’ work to support teacher assessments of English writing at the end of key stage 2. The 4 examples indicate pupils that are ‘working towards the expected standard’, ‘working at the expected standard’ (x2) and ‘working at greater depth within the expected standard’.

How do these examples help teachers?

The exemplification materials provided show examples of pupils work to support teachers in making judgements against the new statutory teacher assessment frameworks for English writing at the end of key stage 2. The materials illustrate how ‘pupil can’ statements in the frameworks might be met. They do not, however, dictate a particular method of teaching or the evidence expected from the classroom; this will vary from school to school.

4 ‘sample’ children have been provided to assist teachers when they require further guidance on their judgements. Each example is based on real students work but the children’s names have been changed to ensure the study is anonymous.

Where can you find the exemplification materials?

On the Gov.uk website, you can download these four examples to help you make judgements of work at the end of key stage 2.

Example 1 – Dani meets the requirements for ‘pupil can’ statements within the statutory teacher assessment framework for ‘working towards the expected standard’.

Example 2 – Morgan meets the requirements for ‘pupil can’ statements within the statutory teacher assessment framework for ‘working at the expected standard’.

Example 3 – Leigh also meets the requirements for ‘pupil can’ statements within the statutory teacher assessment framework for ‘working at the expected standard’ (a different example to Morgan).

Example 4 – Frankie meets the requirements for ‘pupil can’ statements within the statutory teacher assessment framework for ‘working at greater depth within the expected standard’.

For each example the collection of work contains evidence drawn from a wide range of the pupil’s individual work. Pieces have been selected specifically to exemplify the statements relevant to the ‘expected’ standard at which Morgan and Leigh is working at, but the pupil’s wider range of writing will contain elements relevant to the other standards in the English writing framework.

These exemplification materials are provided to help assist teachers to make their judgements where they want extra guidance. If teachers are confident in their judgements they may choose not to refer to these materials.

“This new exemplification is vital for moderating writing. We have seen many changes in teaching recently and I have spent many hours with other teachers deliberating on what constitutes expected and greater depth. When we deliver lessons we give the children success criteria so they can recognise success and completion. This document allows teachers to do the same thing, we can now make a more precise judgement when marking writing”.

Rory Dixon – Hesketh with Becconsall All Saints CE Primary School