Marking Policy

Reviewed by TB/DB October 2006
To be reviewed October 2009

We want to ensure that all the children have their work marked in such a way that it encourage a high standard of achievement, develops the individual child's self confidence and raises self esteem.

Marking should:

  • Always reflect the learning intention of the activity.
  • Take into account the individual needs of the child.
  • Be positive and constructive (positive aspects of the work should be commented on and / or highlighted before giving suggestions for improvement)
  • Encourage a response from the child.
  • Help the child to focus on the aspects which need more attention.
  • Have a key role in informing future planning.
  • Allow pupils to self improve their work.

Strategies for marking:

  • Where a child has clearly not understood the learning intention, crosses should not be used - the work should be revisited when possible.
  • The children should be encouraged to be the "first markers" and check their work before giving it to the teacher for comment or marking.
  • The children should be involved in responding to one another's work.
* Time should be built into lessons so that children can read written comments and take any action suggested.
  • For extended writing provide success criteria and mark accordingly.