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Feedback for learning: Getting the marking balance right

Effective feedback is vital to student progress, but we must also balance staff workload and allow time for planning lessons and creating resources. Clare Duffy discusses how her school is creating a feedback for learning culture

 Feedback for learning is undoubtedly a crucial element of the teaching toolkit. It is fundamental in improving student outcomes and in allowing students to develop their understanding.

However, feedback is itself a controversial subject. What is good feedback? How much value does it really add? And how do we get the marking balance right considering other demands on a teacher’s time?


The relationship between feedback, assessment, and data

Before exploring what makes good feedback it is important to reflect on the purpose of assessment in the first place. After all, there is little point giving feedback on a flawed assessment that doesn’t accurately assess what the student has been learning.

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