ACJ involves teachers or children comparing two pieces of work side-by-side to establish a Collaborative Professional Consensus (CPC scale) of writing.
In practice, once a writing task has been completed, teachers or admin staff scan in students' work, upload their work to the web portal with an agreed file name, sign up to be a judge, and then get judging during a judging window.
It's that simple!
The criteria for judging the pieces of work may be 'Which narrative is better?' or 'Which description develops a better image of the character's look and traits?'. According to the assessed competence, that work may be a poem, narrative, non–fiction writing or an animated film, work of art, a design portfolio or a speech or music file.
In all benchmarked sessions, AssessProgress sets the genre, the prompts and the administration guidelines to ensure parity between schools; we send them all in advance of the task.
We offer three judgement sessions for Year 2 & 6 and two for Years 1, 3, 4 & 5 over an academic year; sometimes year groups are combined so that you can see what your classes look like side by side - it's an eye-opener, and we're the only CJ engine to offer this!
See our calendar for more details.
During the judging session, we suggest at least two to three teachers should judge from each school*, the more, the merrier - some schools get all teachers to judge regardless of year group taught so that everyone sees writing across the years - it's excellent CPD.
*Each piece of work completed by a child is assessed approximately 20 times by assessors outside your school (see FAQ).
Check out this example of a live 'Moderation of Primary Writing' session