Moderation is the process we use to standardise marks given by schools and colleges for non-exam assessment.

The document below explains how moderation brings the marks given to schools and colleges into line with national standards. It is written for people who have a reasonable understanding of the exam system and of the terminology used.

Centre Assessment Standards Scrutiny (CASS)

From 1 September 2021, Ofqual required all awarding organisations (AOs) to follow the same standard of Centre Assessment Standards Scrutiny (CASS). This new terminology covers the ways in which we quality assure assessment decisions made by centres, for example in the marking of non-exam assessment (NEA) tasks.

We will meet Ofqual’s CASS requirements through our NEA moderation processes, which are explained above. As an AQA centre we will not require you to change your approach to NEA tasks as a result of the new CASS requirements.