Our moderators didn't ask if writing was independent or not! And if they happened to look at non independent work and find evidence, I didn't highlight that it was not independent. Our moderators did not use a ticksheet - I had studiously ensured all my expected kids had every single type of punctuation used at some point but they didn't check for this; more just looked for the overall picture and looked for specific bullet points which stood out as not having been met in the first couple of pieces. Ticksheets were useful for this, as when they mentioned not seeing modal verbs, I was able to direct them easily to a piece which definitely had them. Overall the process was no where near as stressful as expected. Out of 5 children I had one moved down, but i wasn't surprised as she was borderline in my mind.