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Last update: 9 August 2021

Throughout the pandemic Trinity has made the health and safety of all our candidates, moderators and staff our number one priority. Following the UK government’s announcements regarding the planned phased approach to easing lockdown restrictions, and in line with their up-to-date advice, we restarted standard (face-to-face) and postal moderations in summer 2021 (with online moderation and adviser training continuing to be available).

Face-to-face moderation bookings are subject to the usual advance booking periods and will need to account for Trinity’s considerations for the safe set-up of moderations. This information has been circulated to centre representatives and will also be made available at the point of booking.

We will continue to monitor and assess this situation in line with the latest government plans and guidance.

Customers who have been impacted by moderation postponements this year have the following three options available:

  • Book online moderation
  • Further postpone their moderation session to a later date in 2021
  • Request a refund

For full information on all the available moderation options visit artsaward.org.uk/moderationoptions.


Standard (face-to-face) moderation

Standard (face-to-face) moderation can now be requested as normal via the centre portal at least 8 weeks in advance of the proposed moderation date.

All centres booking standard moderation should fully comply with all prevailing government guidance in the context of COVID-19. At this time, please do not arrange for any young people to meet the moderator under any circumstances.

Trinity also has other considerations you must account for when conducting standard (face-to-face ) moderations, which will be shared with centre representatives at the point of booking. Please ensure that you have read and understood these considerations prior to your moderation.

If your centre is unable to comply with COVID government guidance that is in effect at the time of your booking and/or Trinity’s additional considerations, you must select an alternative moderation option.


Online moderation

We continue to recommend digital evidencing and optiing for online moderation wherever possible. Online moderation has now been consolidated into a single option, which is available for any group size or combination of levels.

Go to Online Moderation to find out more about this moderation option, how to make a booking, and view our currently advertised dates.


Postal moderation

Postal moderation has been consolidated into a single option for all groups that are unable to meet the minimum fee for standard moderation or moderate online, and is now available to book across any combination of levels.

Go to Postal Moderation to find out more about this moderation option, how to make a booking, and view our currently advertised dates.

At this time, we strongly recommend that you post your work via registered or tracked mail, so it can be safely returned to you in the event your parcel cannot be delivered to the venue due to any COVID disruptions.


Useful links & resources

Best Practice Guidebook

Terms and conditions of booking

Moderation fees

Centre Portal Guidance

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