Feedback and Marking Policy

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					Feedback and Marking Policy.
Rationale: The school has an agreed policy for Feedback and
Marking. All Feedback ( verbal and written ) is made to assist
pupils to progress, to encourage them to strive for higher levels of
achievement and also to develop self-esteem by :

 Acknowledging what they do well.
 Indicating areas for attention, improvement or further
 Demonstrating the expectations of their teachers and the school
  as a whole, and how pupils are meeting these expectations.

Reasons for Feedback and Marking: The school recognises that in
order for marking to be effective, feedback to the pupil is essential.
By marking, we :

 Monitor how a child has understood/ performed a task.
 Motivate, by rewards, encouragement, support.
 Direct, by saying what must be done next to bring about

Guidelines for Feedback and Marking: We have an agreed code of
marking to ensure that we all mark in a similar way, so that pupils
understand and interpret feedback as intended.
       When written feedback is given, it relates specifically to the
learning objective of the lesson and indicates if that objective has
been met, highlighting any evidence to support this judgement. If
the objective has not been met , the marking may indicate reasons.
In both cases, feedback should identify what the child needs to do
next, in order to improve any future work.
       Where appropriate, time is allowed, usually at the start of
the next relevant lesson, for pupils to read and follow-up of any
comments in their work. This provides an opportunity for
suggestions by the Teacher to be put into practice and thereby
bring about progress, thus ensuring that marking has a direct
impact on pupils’ learning.
      Pupils ( particularly older ones ) are encouraged to comment
on their own work and that of other pupils. In some cases, pupils
may be the “first marker” of some pieces of work!

      For some pupils, verbal feedback is more appropriate and
whenever possible, this is given during the lesson. Written
comments may also be made in pupils’ books to provide feedback
for parents or other adults e.g. classroom assistants, and also to
give a good example of the written word to the children

      Parents are introduced to the school’s Feedback and Marking
Policy during their child’s induction meeting, where outlines are
given regarding what they will perhaps to see in their child’s books
as regards marking, and so they will not expect every piece of
work to be marked .

Focus for Feedback and Marking: It is part of the policy that
marking should be selective. Since we acknowledge that the
purpose of marking pupils’ work is to provide effective feedback
that will facilitate pupil progress, it is felt that greater benefit will
be gained by focusing on particular learning objectives within a
curriculum area and marking these in depth.
      These particular learning objectives will be agreed by year
group partners and built into planning schedules.