OCR operates a cluster group moderation model, this means that you will be with other schools for your moderation. Usually around 3 or 4 centres are in a cluster at GCSE.
You can ask to act as a host centre for the day – this is indicated on the VAF form.
Moderators are mindful of what is practical for centres and so try to request an overall number of students which can be transported as easily as possible (i.e. in one minibus) while also not needing those present to take part in too many activities.
This day is for moderation only – you are not expected to mark all your candidates on this day. All marking is completed and returned to us by the March 31 deadline.
We are looking to confirm your application of the mark scheme and are not looking to take away marks or add marks on. We know that students do not perform identically on every day of the year and that there is a continuum that they perform over. This means that we would have to identify a pattern of high or low marking before recommending changes. One candidate having an off day is not going to result in your centre’s marking being scaled.
For further information please see our Cluster Moderation Factsheet.
Submission of evidence from live moderation
Centres should submit the following within 10 working days of the moderation visit to the address on the moderation day filmed evidence cover sheet:
- Filmed evidence of all practical performances of learners included in the sample on the moderation day.
- Moderation day filmed evidence cover sheet
The filming, and submission to OCR, of all moderated performances from the moderation day is an Ofqual requirement. If we do not receive the filmed evidence this will be considered maladministration.