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Last reviewed on 16 February 2017
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School types: Maintained, Academy · School phases: Primary

Is there a proforma for standardising writing samples? This article features a KeyDoc proforma for standardising writing samples against the English curriculum attainment targets. We also link to examples of exemplification materials from the STA and a local authority.

Standardising writing: proforma

We worked with Jeremy Bird, one of our associate education experts, to create a proforma for recording discussions and evidence when creating standardised writing samples under the National Curriculum.

The KeyDoc has two pages on which staff can record information. The first page enables teachers and senior leaders to explain how writing samples have been collected and checked, and write up any notes from standardisation discussions.

The image below shows what a section of the first page looks like.

KeyDoc - standardising writing proforma

The second page of the KeyDoc can be duplicated for each sample of writing. The member of staff can use the attainment targets from the English curriculum to record how each sample demonstrates age-related expectations.

Comments are structured using the three focus areas for writing, as set out in the programmes of study:

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