If it will be very difficult for a marker to read a child’s writing, a school can transcribe all or part of the child’s script. The original script must always be sent to the marker with the transcript. If the marker can read the child’s writing, they will mark the original work.
When transcribing a child’s work, the following guidelines must be adhered to:
Children who cannot read their own writing should use a word processor or scribe, if this is normal classroom practice.
Braille scripts should not be transcribed as STA will make appropriate marking arrangements.
Making arrangements to use a transcript
Schools do not need to seek permission from STA or their local authority before making arrangements to produce a transcript for a key stage 2 test. However they must complete and return a notification form. This will be available to download from this web page in the summer term.
National curriculum assessments helpline
Telephone: 0300 303 3013