What benefits are there to your centre when staff become involved in examining and moderating?
I think it gives teachers a unique insight into how the specifications they teach are assessed. Obviously teachers teaching GCSE and GCE specifications have a valuable subject expertise. However, being part of the examining and moderating process can enhance understanding of how the assessment objectives in a specification are assessed; and the differentiation between levels of response. Really, I suppose, what can make an ‘average’ response ‘good’ and ‘good’ response ‘outstanding’ and so on. The experience gained, I feel, carries through to the classroom both in terms of delivery and setting school based assessments which prepare candidates for the live examinations and assessments.
I think parents and governors too, recognise the benefits of teachers being engaged in the examining/moderating process and are very supportive of this. Not only do they appreciate how it enhances the teaching and learning experience for pupils; but also how it raises the profile of the school in the community as staff are seen to be fulfilling important roles within the awarding organisations.