I had writing moderation today - very tough. Has anyone else had their writing moderation yet? How did you get on? My moderator was great; understanding and supportive but it was extremely in depth and very small points were picked up for discussion. One child who I'd put at EXS (in my opinion, very secure) was discussed and nearly put down to WTS due to her spelling (she had achieved all other areas in depth and to a good standard). Her spelling is good, but there were a couple of errors across her work, for example dramatically spelt dramaticly and emmeidately (which had been corrected later on in her writing). Although she had achieved the majority of spellings accurately e.g. terrifically, available, opportunity, consequently etc. GDS was tricky. Mostly focussed on managing shifts in level of formality. They weren't happy with just using informal speech in a formal piece of work as evidence. They wanted the child to 'manage' the shift in a very clear way. So I have to get some additional evidence for that one. Am working on it now. I have two weeks for two pieces of work to demonstrate this. I just feel so sorry for the children. The child in question is 100% GDS in my mind, a very accomplished writer (can write better than myself at times!) but it's just a tick box exercise - they must show the requirements in the way they want to see them. The moderator sympathised with me. They said that 3 years ago we could be having a discussion about whether to put the child as a level 5 or level 6, the 'GDS' is not equivalent to this - it is more difficult to achieve. Joy. Tell me I'm not alone ... please!