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 development. 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 progress. 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 themselves. 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.