The purpose of monitoring marking and assessment is to build consistency of practice across the school and to standardise the grades that teachers give students. The key principles of the whole school marking guidelines should be adhered to by all staff and it is the responsibility of all school leaders to ensure that this is the case.
Work sampling is used regularly as a tool to both monitor the quality of provision, to engage staff in meaningful dialogue about effective marking practices and also to standardise assessments at KS3 and KS4.
SLT links, Heads of Faculty and other post holders must complete the monitoring of a sample of work within each Faculty area according to the times specified on the QA calendar. The term ‘work’ is understood to mean a range of sources of evidence, for example, exercise books, practical work, files, test papers, coursework or on-line assessment and marking. In the Arts Faculty this could also mean video/audio recordings. The process should be carefully managed and samples of work selected in order to capture typical practice within a subject or Faculty area. The process is also used to ensure that reporting of grades and reporting is accurate.
SLT links should be involved in the work scrutiny in order to standardise the process and ensure that all staff have their books scrutinised.
Heads of Faculty should also take the opportunity to make use of student voice when scrutinising work at least once per term
When a Faculty has Initial Teacher Trainees working within the Faculty the responsibility of the students’ books remain the responsibility of the subject teacher of the class which the ITT is taking. Although, a student teacher may complete the marking it is the responsibility of the classroom teacher to ensure that the marking remains to the standard set out within this policy and faculty guidelines.
Deputy Headteacher, July 2017.
To be reviewed continually throughout 2017-18