Regular consistent feedback of a child’s work is the single most important assessment strategy available to staff, and lies at the heart of great teaching and effective learning. Undertaken thoughtfully and constructively it can prove highly influential in motivating children to realise their potential. In this school we ensure that learners get the maximum benefit from their education through an entitlement to regular feedback from all staff to enable them to understand their progress and achievement and what they need to do next to improve.
Marking Where possible, work is marked in the child’s presence. Feedback can be given verbally and it is particularly appropriate with younger, less able or less confident children. Such an exchange will be accompanied by a written mark – a V to represent verbal feedback which will serve as a record that the child has received feedback.
Written As we are working with young children it is important that they understand what they have done well and what they need to improve so we use green coloured pens for good work and pink coloured pens to indicate that the child needs to think and improve. Great green and think pink!
We use symbols in our marking that children can easily understand. Marking symbols are displayed in each classroom and at the front of exercise books for easy reference. These symbols and colour coding have been discussed with all children throughout the school.
Marking symbols are simplified for use in EYFS.
Stickers and stamps may also be used.
Marking may also include when appropriate:
- The child’s own redrafting/checking/marking
- Peer marking/checking/evaluation of work. This could be in the form of counting the number of words/sentences their peer has completed, the number of ‘wow’ words, etc.
- Group discussion and positive evaluation of achievement.
The complete policy is available on request from the school office.