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Assessment: moderation is a Course

Assessment: moderation

Oct 20 - Nov 4, 2021

$200 Enrol

Full course description

Date and time

Thursday 21 October 2021, 10.00am to 11.30 am

Delivery mode

Online – a Zoom link will be provided 24 hours prior to the event


This learning event is right for you if you are keen to grow your knowledge and understanding of moderation and its role in improving the decisions teachers make about student learning. You might be an experienced teacher who wants to develop your expertise or a new teacher who wants to revisit key content from your pre-service days.


It is reasonable that students and their parents expect consistency and comparability of teacher professional judgements, yet this can be challenging to ensure in practice. Teacher judgements should be based on adequate evidence of student learning that references the Achievement Standards of the school’s curriculum. Moderation is the means by which we ensure that our understanding of the Standards is consistent, and our judgement of student work is comparable.  Learn about the purposes and processes of moderation and how you might implement or develop this practice in your setting.

‘Moderation is concerned with the consistency, comparability and fairness of professional judgments about the levels demonstrated by students’ (Maxwell, 2002). 

‘It is an expectation of all teachers that we understand and participate in assessment moderation activities to support consistent and comparable judgments of student learning.’ Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

This learning event supports creating best practice toward the following VRQA standard(s):

  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Student learning outcomes
  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Monitoring and reporting on students’ performance.

Key takeaways                 

  • an overview of the language and concepts of moderation
  • an outline of the key stages in moderation
  • an understanding of design principles of moderation as rich professional learning for teachers
  • processes and protocols to underpin moderation.


Presenter information

Aine Maher                       

Aine Maher is an Ambassador for Independent Schools Victoria. She designs and delivers customised professional learning programs in the areas of curriculum, teaching and learning and leadership development. Aine is an accomplished presenter, a skilled communicator and, with expertise and experience in independent schools over many years, highly knowledgeable in her field. A dynamic networker, Aine has participated in a broad range of state and national advisory and representative committees giving her access to contemporary thinking and practice in learning design, organisational culture and leadership.