Feedback & Marking


The School’s policy on marking governs teachers’ written responses to pupils’ written work. Responses are either by ‘acknowledgement’ marking or ‘deep’ marking.

The majority of learning and class activities will be acknowledged by verbal feedback, teacher led pupil self-assessment and peer-assessment in class. This type of feedback is then acknowledged by the teacher when an exercise book (or equivalent) is taken in for monitoring.

The teacher will plan for deep tasks that will be deep marked. This will be carried out twice in a six / seven week window, will be formative in nature, and should support and improve learning. Deep marking will include Directed Improvement and Reflection Time (DIRT) where the pupil responds to the teacher feedback so that improvements and progress can be made. Pupil summaries of new / revised targets based on DIRT are entered into individual student planners on individual subject tracker pages. This is intended to help improve communication between teacher, pupil and parents. 

Marking should be useful to the pupil in the following ways

i       to encourage pupils and reward effort and achievement

ii      to diagnose problems and difficulties

iii     to set targets with advice about how to improve (HTI)

iv     to improve pupil accuracy in the use of written language

A pupil’s work will normally be marked at least once per three week window.  In many faculty areas, where pupils spend a large proportion of their curriculum time, and do a lot of written work, marking may be more frequent.

Teachers will recognise content effort (for a child’s ability) by awarding an effort grade.

Teachers will also recognise ‘Book Looks’ by awarding a grade for effort. A guideline for Book Looks can be found in the student planner.

The following grading system is used:

1 = Outstanding; 2 = Good; 3 = Room for Improvement; 4 = Poor

It is uncommon for smaller, non-assessed pieces of work to levelled or graded; this normally happens for assessed pieces of work.

Teachers follow common school guidelines in the correction of common literacy errors in written work. A guideline for Literacy and Spelling can also be found in the student planner.