Best Practice

Providing effective feedback and closing the loop

Effective feedback is perhaps the most crucial aspect of high-quality teaching and has a real impact on pupil progress. Leann Collingwood offers some strategies for how we can close the feedback loop

The Education Inspection Framework’s outstanding descriptors for effective feedback are as follows: “Teachers provide pupils with incisive feedback, in line with the school’s assessment policy, about what pupils can do to improve their knowledge, understanding and skills. The pupils use this feedback effectively.” (Ofsted 2019)

Ofsted recognises that effective feedback gives students the tools to develop their subject knowledge, which in turn contributes to their success in the classroom and beyond.

However, the ambiguity of this descriptor can leave one mystified as to what constitutes “incisive feedback”, and how this can be included in our daily practice. This article seeks to provide some clarity.

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