Applying for a marker role
Recruitment for all available roles runs from 1 December 2023 to 7 March 2024. If your form meets our criteria, you’ll be contacted by 14 March 2024 with further steps required to be assigned to one of the marking roles for the 2024 test cycle.
The first step is to complete an expression of interest form.
Please note - if you’ve previously expressed your interest in marking and have completed the expression of interest form within the last three years, you don’t have to do this again. All your details are already in the system and we’ll be reviewing all the forms shortly. However, if you applied more than three years ago, you’ll need to complete a new form.
Expression of interest
If you’re making a new application, please complete an expression of interest form.
Review of your application
Your form will be reviewed against requirements for the regular marker or specialist marker role.
We’ll contact you re further steps
If you meet the criteria, you’ll be contacted with further steps required to be assigned to one of the marking roles for the 2024 test cycle.
Offer of employment
After accepting the offer of employment, you’ll need to submit employment details (bank details, proof of right to work in the UK)
Relevant checks take place
Right to work and valid ID checks are completed (a valid passport is required for ID checks) and employment details reviewed.
Welcome to Capita!
The recruitment process is now complete – welcome! You’ll be issued with login details to train for 2024 KS2 tests marking.
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Criteria for the marker roles
All markers will need to be able to work accurately at speed and demonstrate a positive approach to pupils’ work. The two types of entry level markers are regular markers and specialist markers:
Specialist markers must have qualified teacher status with a minimum of one full academic year’s teaching, preferably at primary school.
Specialist markers are required to use professional judgement and subject-specific knowledge to interpret pupil responses and accurately apply the mark scheme.
Please note: If you are subject to a ban or prohibition order, you will not be offered a contract. All markers must be resident in mainland UK, as KS2 marking cannot be carried out outside the UK, or in the Channel Islands.
Your progression: marker team structure
Each KS2 test subject’s marking hierarchy is distinct, meaning all markers must start at the entry level and work up the hierarchy, progressing one marking role at a time. All markers enter the hierarchy for a given test subject as an entry level regular marker or specialist marker. Other roles are offered to applicable markers based on performance and grading.
Key dates: marker training
Approved applicants will receive full training on the marking process and how to apply the mark scheme accurately. This will include mandatory online e-learning, virtual mark scheme training, and ongoing support from a marking supervisor.
May to June: test scripts
If successful at marking qualification scripts, approved applicants will start marking test scripts in May through to June. They will usually complete their marking within 3 weeks. Marking accuracy will be assessed throughout the marking period to ensure that all markers are marking to the agreed standard.
NB: markers need to be available for all training dates and during the live marking window.
Senior Marker (SSM, RSM)
Only open to current senior markers from the last test cycle.
Assistant Marking Programme Leader (AMPL)
Only open to current AMPLs.
Deputy Marking Programme Leader (DMPL)
All positions filled for 2024.
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