What we've realised over the past few years is that students perform differently, when compared to other children, in different writing genres. The Collaborative Professional Consensus (CPC) in a narrative doesn't mean that the child will score equally on a non fiction text and visa versa (particularly for children who sit in the 25-75% percentile. In order to get a balanced view of your students relative performance over the year we always have two stimuli in two different genres in each year group.
One of those stimuli is always a narrative and the other could be a letter, poetry, report or instruction leaflet for instance. This enables you to understand better the students, and schools, relative performance over two genres and is useful information for school to support planning the writing curriculum.
We release the stimulus at the start of the writing week and expect that for the 'warm' writes it's likely that, although work is individual to the child, there has been an element of modelling and scaffolding within the specific genre in class.
We use video or pictures as stimulus for the 'Primary Moderation of Writing' sessions and keep the tasks low ceiling / high threshold so that everyone is able to access the writing task. We release the stimulus at the start of the writing week giving less opportunity for schools to 'teach to the test' - our low stakes 'test conditions' are the same for each session, for all schools.
We'll try, where possible to use some current affairs / news and some Key Stage National curriculum coverage requirements to devise some tasks to help you assess the depth of understanding in your curriculum.
We use some 'cold writing' and some where we'll give you the genre 'warm writing' in advance.
Children perform differently for different writing genre in different domains and so we'll tell you will in advance what some of the genre's might be to support your curriculum planning and children doing their best. This maybe as much as Y5, a free written Poetry piece or Y4 a letter. - we still release the main context during writing week.