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In October 2014, I blogged about The Marking Frenzy, which struck a chord with many of my readers. This is a direct outcome of ‘progress over time’ and the ‘workload’ issues that are prevalent in everything that we are familiar with in all of our classrooms and schools. The DfE recently published The Workload Challenge which highlights numerous, unnecessary and unproductive tasks. Marking featured in much of this report.
In January 2015, I then shared Power from the Floor (as part of our own CPD series) which offered a common-sense approach to whole-school marking. The 5-point plan considered the following;
- To develop high quality assessment.
- To develop diagnostic feedback across all subjects.
- To approach marking from a realistic, workload perspective.
- To keep in mind a common-sense approach.
- To ensure we are getting it right for students and teachers from the outset.
I then shared Taking A Look at Books which provided details of our plans to monitor the quality of marking and assessment in every teacher’s classroom. This stage is now complete and I will share the headline messages soon. In the book-monitoring blog, I shared the following document and asked staff for their feedback…
The following image contains teaching and learning views of colleagues …
Following our Power from the Floor CPD session, each table (of 10-12 staff) were asked to leave one recommendation (on each side of the document) as a first set of initial responses. Here is the collection of key ideas.
Based on staff responses, I can now share our 3rd drafted document which are views amalgamated together. This will now form part of our academic (teaching and learning) forum, made up from our team of heads of faculty and heads of department. We are not yet finished with this; we want to get this right. We want to reduce workload and increase impact on marking and student progress.
Middle leaders and colleagues within faculties will now look at this more closely; homing in on the details of the dos and don’t dos of marking. We will do this one more time before we launch this document to all staff. This will be supported alongside our improved Marking Policy which I will also share in due course.
I am blogging the final draft here for feedback from readers. Please could you consider the following questions:
- What would you add / take away?
- Is there a danger that publishing this information leads to a specific set of performance? Or is this a specific set of consistencies?
- Will this guidance reduce workload and increase impact, (or not)?
Your thoughts please.