Marking, Feedback and Guidance
MARKING, FEEDBACK and GUIDANCE focuses on furthering the child's learning. It should:
- refocus or redirect the teacher's or learner's actions to achieve the learning outcome
- Support and provide a record of progress
- Be specific accurate and clear
- Encourage effort
- Be meaningful for the child
- Give specific guidance on how to improve,
- NOT TELL THEM WHAT THEY HAVE DONE
Feedback should be given in 3 ways (in decreasing order of importance):
- Immediate feedback – 'spot' marking at the point of teaching
- Summary feedback – at the end of a lesson/task
- Review feedback – away from the point of teaching (incl. written comments)
✓ Make the Key Question specific (something that can be achieved in the lesson to show progress) and link to NC objectives.
✓ Highlight the Key Question in pink if the child has achieved it.
✓ Highlight good points in the child's work that relate to the KQ in pink.
✓ When verbal feedback is given write VF and if appropriate use the relevant marking code.
✓ Highlight in pink or green to show elements within the work that are correct or show the child their next steps/NAGs. As children mature, the expectation is that they will read the teacher's comment and rely less on a visual aid.
✓ Adults should initial the child's piece of work, so that it is clear who they have worked with/who has marked it. Indicate independent work with an 'I' in a cir-cle or support work with a T for teacher or TA for teaching assistant.
✓ If the KQ has been achieved and/or understood, in pink. When the KQ has been partially achieved and/or understood, highlight part of the KQ in pink.
✓ If it's been completely misunderstood or there is no evidence, leave it blank (don't highlight in green).
✓ Highlight in green in the work anything that goes against the KQ.
✓ Highlight in green no more than 3 NAG's (e.g. punctuation, spelling).
✓ NAG spellings (no more than 3) may be written at the bottom of the child's work for them to correct.
✓ When applicable in written comment, ask a question relating to the task which will aid improvement.
✓ Symbols such as ticks or highlighting of Key Question.
✓ Detailed written comments will be focussed for extended pieces of written work, or extended tasks.
✓ Written marking and comments that are accessible by and meaningful for the pupil
✓ Annotate planning for groups of pupils having a common need, teachers must adjust planning or grouping rather and provide a group written comment.
✓ 'Tickled Pink' achieved Learning Question and intended outcome indicating pupil is ready for the next stage in learning, the will be.
- NC – National Curriculum
- KQ – Key Question
- NAG –
- T – teacher
- TA – Teaching Assistant
- VF – Verbal Feedback
Marking codes for Pupils and Staff
|*a pupil has:
achieved a key element of success criteria
achieved the learning question
demonstrated knowledge, understanding or a skill
|Pupil Work needs:
further attention or
displays an error or misconception
review the learning question
|RR||Reactive response – children have not achieved and need further support|
|TAS||Teaching Assistant Supported|
|VF||Verbal Feedback in lesson|
|CL||Capital Letter required|
|I I||Missing word|
|Teachers Initials||Highlights the supporting adult for the session|
Marking Codes for Pupils
You’ve achieved part of your success criteria and show us that you have understood.
|Have you misunderstood or could you improve your work in anyway – take another look.|
|KQ is highlighted Pink||Well done! You’ve really understood your work today!|
|KQ left blank||Think – how did that lesson go – is there something I have misunderstood and need to try again.|
|RR||There was something from my work today that I can improve further.|
|TS||I worked with my teacher today|
|TAS||I worked with my teaching assistant today|
|VF||Verbal Feedback in lesson
The adults in my classroom gave me some advice about how to improve or what went well
|CL||Capital Letter required
Think, where do you need capital letters?
Start of a sentence/Proper nouns
|I I||Missing word|
|Arrow||Have you written a number the wrong way around? Can you correct it?|
|Teachers Initials||Shows you who taught the lesson|
|GfG||Do I have a challenge to extend my learning from last lesson? Remember, being challenged is a good thing.|
I marked my work myself
I worked with a partner or group to check my work