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NQT Special Edition: Strategies for effective student feedback

Effective feedback is key to effective learning and therefore effective teaching. Adam Riches and Roy Watson-Davis offer some advice

One of the most time-consuming tasks faced by teachers is marking. Books, assessments, exams, you name it as a teacher you will need to mark it.

The process of feedback and marking is one that is debated a lot. There are proponents of the minimalist approach – putting the focus on assessments – and there are proponents of the feedback for progress approach.

Regardless of your standpoint, there is a strong correlation between progress and feedback. No marking equals less progress, but does more marking mean more progress? Actually, no it doesn’t.

More marking leads to more stress, more work and more work-filled weekends. What teachers need to think about is the effectiveness of their marking.

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