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Effective student feedback: Top tips for teachers

Continuing her series on effective student feedback, Helen Webb uses lessons from her earlier review of research to compile some top tips for teachers

Feedback is continually reported to have significant impact on the progress that students make. Following analysis of more than 900 educational meta-analyses, Professor John Hattie (2012) found that effective feedback is among the most powerful influences on how people learn.

The Education Endowment Foundation (2013) also reported very high effects of feedback on learning. They indicate that progress could have an impact of half a GCSE grade per student, per subject.

So, what is feedback? According to Wiggins (2012): “Feedback is information about how we are doing in our efforts to reach a goal. Helpful feedback is goal-referenced; tangible and transparent; actionable; user-friendly (specific and personalised); timely; on-going; and consistent.”

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