Marking is an essential part of planning, assessment, teaching and learning. Responding to pupils’ work through constructive comment acknowledges achievement, promotes positive attitudes and behaviour and leads to an improvement in standards. Teachers follow consistent procedures in responding to pupils’ work in order to give clear messages to pupils highlighting targets for improvements, to parents and other teachers about individual progress and possible need of reinforcement.Evidence of teachers’ response to children’s work can be found recorded in books, but much of Key Stage 1 work is practical and much response is verbal. A great deal of verbal praise is given. We use our judgement as professionals in a constructive way when working with young learners to take them forward.
At Acorn House marking is:
- Related to needs, attainment and ability
- Related to specific targets and learning objectives which are shared and made clear to the pupils in advance
- Following a consistent practice throughout the school
- Ensuring that pupils know how well they are doing and what they need to improve to make further progress
- Providing pupils with opportunities to assess their own work and that of others
- Positive and constructive with appropriate praise given.
- Setting targets for children to ensure pupil motivation and involvement in progress
- Encouraging a dialogue between teacher and child