My son's school has already been told that it will not be moderated. I have had experience of marking the KS2 writing tests, and KS3 classwork, and the two processes are quite different. For the KS2 tests we have to identify individual features, which have been given different numerical weightings, score each separately and arrive at a number which then translates to a level. For teacher assessment it is a case of looking at the level criteria and giving a 'best fit' judgement, bearing in mind that some AF's are more important than others. It's not surprising that these different methods sometimes produced different outcomes. For the 2012 tests, far fewer markers have been recruited, because it seems most schools are marking their writing internally. The positions have been offered to those who scored the highest in the 2011 marker standardisation tests, which may produce a higher level of consistency this year.