(Accompanying this help article is a mini-video).
Choosing your judges
One of the benefits of Comparative Judgement is that it minimises individual judge bias if the judging is shared. With a large pool of judges, each script is likely to be seen by many judges, so the bias of any one judge is balanced by the views of other judges. In other words, the more judges you have, the less liable your assessment is to bias.
So, although you can judge alone, if you can share your judging you will minimise bias.
We think it is ideal if all staff, including Teaching Assistants if appropriate, are involved in the judging, particularly when the school takes up the system for the first time. This way they will all get to understand how the system works, how simple and efficient the process is, and appreciate where the children's scores come from.
You could organise for all staff to attend a judging session, all bringing along their own laptops to do their own judgements, and then perhaps have a discussion about how it all went afterwards. This way you should get maximum buy-in from your colleagues, and they ought to be keen to take part in future judging sessions.
In reality, we find that although many schools do this, there are also many who use just a core set of judges each time, or choose to select those closest to those year groups for teaching purposes, or just see whoever is available and willing. You can involve different sets of judges for different year groups' tasks. It's all down to how it best suits your colleagues, the logistics, your timetabling, etc.
Choosing the number of judgements for each judge
The more judgements that are made by judges, the more reliable (precise) your results will be.
As a general rule, we would suggest carrying out 10 judgements per candidate for our national judging sessions, spread across all of your judges.
For national tasks (as opposed to in-house tasks), you can not change the Candidate Judgements value from 10, and you can not change the Expected Candidates value.
You can only change the Expected Judges value.