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Year 6 Writing Moderation and Assessment (1)

Securing the Expected Standard



Tuesday 10th November 2020  4 - 5.30pm  ONLINE

Thursday 25th February 2021  TBC

Tuesday 25th May 2021  TBC




Early Bird (book before September 18th): £40 Standard: £50

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This series of three sessions aims to support Year 6 teachers to develop their understanding and application of the statutory Teacher Assessment Framework for Writing through termly opportunities to meet and moderate with Year 6 colleagues. Teachers may attend all three sessions, or select individual sessions from the course. Each session must be booked individually. We are currently hoping to hold the second and third session 'in person' in the Spring and Summer terms respectively, although this will be under review.


Session 1 – Securing the Expected Standard  ONLINE 

In this session, teachers will secure their understanding of the ‘Pupil can’ statements relating to the expected standard and explore teaching approaches to develop their pupils’ writing towards these. Participants will then moderate samples of writing to develop and secure their understanding of the expected standard in context and to consider next steps for their own pupils.

Participants will: 

  • Unpick the criteria of the Year 6 Teacher Assessment Framework for Writing
  • Explore creative teaching approaches to develop and secure pupils’ writing skills towards the ‘Pupil can’ statements
  • Participate in moderation of pupils’ writing in order to discuss, refine and secure judgements and next steps

This first session will take the form of an interactive online workshop. You will receive in advance all the handouts and resources for you to fully participate and during the session, participation tools will be used such as practical activities, breakout groups for discussion and opportunities for questions throughout.

Session 2 – Greater Depth

In the second session, teachers will focus on the ‘Pupil can’ statements relating to the greater depth standard and explore texts, resources and teaching approaches to develop their pupils as writers. Moderation and discussion of higher attaining pupils’ writing will then support teachers to gain an understanding of the greater depth criteria in context and to consider next steps for their pupils.

Session 3 – Cross-school moderation

In the final session, teachers will have an opportunity to moderate and discuss pupils’ writing from across the standards, agreeing or refining judgements with colleagues from other schools and discussing next steps to secure standards by the end of the teacher assessment period.

  • Trainer

    As an experienced English consultant, Susie Spolander works with schools, partnerships and trusts to develop and improve all aspects of English across the primary age range. Using her knowledge of the curriculum, assessment and effective teaching and learning practices, she successfully supports many schools and teachers to improve outcomes for their pupils.  During her 20+ year career in Education, Susie has enjoyed classroom teaching, as well as holding a range of senior leadership posts. Prior to establishing her own consultancy business, she worked as an English Consultant for Oxfordshire County Council’s School Improvement Service. Susie has written, developed and led a wide variety of training events, programmes and projects to address current local and national educational priorities. She is also an accredited trainer for several reading intervention programmes. In recognition of her work, Susie has been awarded the Gold Quality Mark for Professional Development by the London Institute of Education.

    Susie is passionate about finding innovative ways to inspire teachers and engage learners. Her training is of high quality: rooted in the curriculum, with evidence-based practice alongside creative teaching and learning approaches. Susie believes in a bespoke approach to school support, working alongside school leaders, class teachers and support staff to develop practice through a range of leadership and classroom-based strategies, always precisely tailored to the identified needs of the school.

    Susie provides training, resources and school support in partnership with local and national organisations, such as Quest for Learning, Oxfordshire County Council, Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance and Oxford University Press.


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