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KS2 SATS marking - which subject?

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Appervine Fri 02-Jan-15 21:27:53

I'm applying to do KS2 Sats marking this year and I understand that I can only apply for one subject so I'm not sure which to apply for. I'm a primary teacher so obviously qualified to teach English and maths, and I have the relevant experience despite having a completely different subject specialism. I'd be interested to hear from others who have done marking in previous years. Is one subject more over subscribed than the others, or are any of them easier to mark (I'm guessing Maths)? It would be great to hear people's opinions.

RupertTheBear Fri 02-Jan-15 21:34:31

I've marked maths for the last few years. It is very hard work and quite poorly paid, but after three horrid weeks I am able to contribute towards a lovely holiday. You are expected to attend a full days training (which is dull) on the Saturday immediately after sats week. The marking itself isn't too bad, but the clerical checks and general admin are a bit soul destroying.
Spag marking is all done online so no heaps of papers cluttering your house or having to be available for deliveries or collections.
I think the reading marking is slightly better paid- probably because it is harder.
Let me know if I can help with anything else

Littlemisssunshine72 Fri 02-Jan-15 21:56:51

Sorry for butting in but I'm looking to do SATS marking too but couldn't actually find the app form on the Pearson website-went via gov. uk- is this right? Is it too late to apply now or not do you know? Sorry for all the questions and hi jacking but as is same topic I hope this is ok.

Appervine Fri 02-Jan-15 22:19:04

Thanks Rupert. Yes, I'm fully expecting it to be mind numbingly dull but as I'm only teaching 2 days a week this year, like you, the cash would come in useful to put towards a summer holiday. I wonder if loads of people apply for maths because it's the easier option. Are you a maths specialist?

Littlemisssunshine - I'll post a link for you later as I'm on the phone at the moment but it's on the Pearson jobs vacancy site and is listed under "marker". Deadline is jan 31st.

Littlemisssunshine72 Fri 02-Jan-15 23:01:12


RupertTheBear Sat 03-Jan-15 09:39:25

Yes I am a maths specialist.
This is the last year the papers will be marked manually as once the new style tests come in they will be done online like the spag.
If you work part time you will be fine- the first few years I marked I was part time. Last year I was full time and it was a bit of a nightmare but I got there.
The worst bit is passing standardisation- before you are allowed to mark any live scripts you have to do lots of test ones and not make any mistakes at all. And of course they include all the awkward borderline answers.

Appervine Sat 03-Jan-15 20:18:25

On reflection I think I might apply for Reading. I think having the in depth knowledge of exactly what is expected in order to gain extra marks could be more useful for my students

Littlemissunshine here is the link. Scroll down and look for Marker. Good luck! Which subject will you apply for?

MiaowTheCat Mon 05-Jan-15 19:06:48

I do English (well just the Reading now) - but I don't teach full time anymore. Not sure I'll want to be doing it when they go to onscreen marking - bad memories of the ETS year we had to do standardisation scripts you could barely read the spelling of on-screen marking.

Strictly1 Thu 05-Mar-15 06:24:26

I have applied to mark GAPs this year. Does anyone know when we are likely to find out if we are needed? I know most of it depends on if they have enough markers from last year who have accepted contracts for this year, as to whether or not new markers will be needed.

Hippychickster Fri 06-Mar-15 17:17:13

I have been marking English (reading only now) for years. It's exactly as the others say. A bit mind numbing but I've got a really good system and always finish way before time. I teach full time but my children have left home so I literly shut myself away for a month and just get it done. The admin and checks are the worst, but it does pay for a lovely holiday every year. Might be a bit late to apply for this year.

Hippychickster Fri 06-Mar-15 17:18:58

Literally. How embarrassing to make a typo when I'm marking English! blush

Appervine Sun 08-Mar-15 08:36:08

Strictly- I applied well within time and my status says they're waiting for references. One if my referees says she hasn't received a reference request and edexel aren't responding to my enquiries.

Have your references been followed up?

deborahlane Tue 07-Jul-15 19:43:09

Hiya. Not sure if anyone is still checking this thread, but I wondered if you're all willing to share cascaded info about your subject now that the marking period is over.

I ask because we're looking at scanned papers and think we've found a couple of marking errors, but don't know if info was cascaded down midway through that would mean the mark scheme has changed slightly. We don't want to waste our money or the review team's time if we could all share that info, assuming we're allowed to, of course!

I marked L6 maths, so am happy to answer questions about whether it's worth sending a review for that.


Appervine Tue 07-Jul-15 20:17:29

I can't help I'm afraid as I was only in the reserve list and didn't get any actual papers to mark!

MiaowTheCat Wed 08-Jul-15 08:11:30

There was very little in the way of cascades came down to us this year compared to normal years - lots and lots of updates on technical bugs with the bloody software but I can only think of one email really off the top of my head and that was clarification of the "line" to take between awarding/not awarding a mark on a few questions and came down quite early in the marking period (I think I recall swearing about it being received about 10 minutes after I'd submitted my standardisation scripts).

I did the moon landing part of L6 reading but got cascades regarding the entire paper.

annaboros Thu 17-Mar-16 19:04:01

KS2 SATs Math Papers
i hope this will help. i found here sample papers and passing marks. quite helpful.

pintsizedblondie Sun 15-Jan-17 13:17:09

Hi all, sorry to resurrect an old thread - but has anyone applied to be a SATs marker for the 2017 tests? I have applied for all 3 tests (didn't read the FAQs first - oops!!) I just wondered what the likelihood of being accepted to mark the tests was and roughly what I could expect to earn?


MiaowTheCat Sun 15-Jan-17 13:44:06

Well with the number of markers who'd had enough last year and quit - there might be quite a few vacancies. I finally threw in the towel during the 2016 process, and they were bloody desperately trying to retain people! (I marked for about 8 or so years)

From memory they tend to do contracts about February for the existing markers so I'd expect to hear after that to get into it for the first time.

pintsizedblondie Sun 15-Jan-17 14:19:53

Oh God, - is it that bad?!

partystress Sun 15-Jan-17 17:20:26

I did it for first and last time last year. Gave up when I calculated my hourly rate of pay was less than 15% of minimum wage due to the unbelievable slowness of the online marking system. Think kettle on, load of washing in, feed dogs and still next question not loaded up! What I picked up was you need a pretty old computer otherwise the epen system won't like it. Gutted as it was to be my holiday spending money...

ElizabethBennettismybestfriend Sun 15-Jan-17 21:31:32

I have been accepted to mark this year but there is no guarantee that I will get any clips to mark

MiaowTheCat Mon 16-Jan-17 10:02:38

Being fair to them - I can see the benefits in terms of moving to online - you don't have mountains of scripts at your house until collection day for one, but their software is just... frustrating. I've got relatives who do GCSE marking and I've seen the software they use - and that works well in comparison with what they're using for the SATs; plus the system isn't quite geared up for the fact that if you're recruiting teachers - they're all going to want to log on after school and weekends/half term (damn them!) I was supply/SAHM now and it worked OK during the daytime but come school kicking out time and it was at levels my beloved ZX Spectrum would have exceeded!

I also used to quite enjoy following scripts through the entire paper and would get quite into rooting for the child to pick up every mark they could (yes that is probably as sad as it sounds) - so didn't enjoy losing that connection when it moved to isolated clip responses to questions - at the end of the day we're all in it because we want the kids to do as well as they possibly can do.

oldgeyser4321 Wed 26-Apr-17 14:51:52

Can anyone send me a link? I've been looking for ways to earn a bit of extra cash. It's my second year teaching in primary school and I don't know if I qualify. Thanks very much.

oldgeyser4321 Wed 26-Apr-17 15:00:50

Any of the KS1 or KS2 subjects. Especially Reading and Maths. I won't mind all the links if anyone has them. Thanks.

Dolceandgabbana14 Wed 26-Apr-17 19:40:45

Type 'qca marking sats' into Google and the first one that comes up is the one you need (gov website).

I previously marked but it was horrendous and I quit halfway through last year (my third year of marking). It is by no means easy money!! I marked GPS papers.

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