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Marking and Feedback

Marking and Feedback at Braidwood School

At Braidwood, we firmly believe that effective learning is a process in which the student develops their skills, knowledge and understanding, and establish effective habits for future learning. Students must be fully aware of where they are in their learning, where they need to go next and how to get there. They also need to know what to do when they don’t know what to do. To know where to look for answers, who to ask for help and what strategies to use to overcome the challenges of learning. To do this students need support and guidance from those around them. This could come from their teachers, their peers and their parents and family. 

Helping our students develop the necessary skills for learning.

Our students are not alone in their learning: It is an essential partnership between students, school and home. At Braidwood, we have been looking at how we can help to raise students awareness of how they learn, where they are in their learning and what to do to improve and develop their work. We also wanted to make it easier for you, the parent / carer, to engage with your child in their work.

We have improved the way in which we mark our students work and how we provide feedback on it to support and guide students. Marking and feedback informs students of their successes and the next steps in their learning. It praises effort and progress as well as pointing out mistakes or misunderstandings and areas for improvement. Simply telling students what is wrong with their work and explaining what to do to put it right is not enough. Real learning comes from students working this out for themselves and thinking about what they need to do differently next time to move on and make progress. Our job is to help students develop the learning skills needed to do this. Effective feedback gives advice and guides students. It asks questions to challenge what a learner thinks and to set challenges that extend learning. Great feedback is a two way process: It involves a dialogue between the learner and the teacher about the strengths and areas for development of their work and the setting of next steps to keep learning moving forward.


What does it look like?

When marking students’ work, teachers use a feedback sticker (see photo below) to provide a comment in red pen which relates to the learning intention of the lesson and praises students for their effort and successes. This is followed by a comment in blue pen which informs, guides and challenges students what they need to do to improve their work and make further progress. Students then discuss their work with an adult and complete the feedback task to close the gap in their understanding.  When a discussion has taken place and the student understands the feedback they will sign the feedback sticker.

What can you do to help your child?

We do not expect parents to be experts in every subject. What your children are learning today is probably very different to what you learned at school and helping your child, by engaging with their homework, is not always easy. Under the new procedure, you can have a greater insight into what your child is learning, what they know and can do, and what they need to do next.  Looking at the comments in your child’s books will help you to understand how your child is progressing and what they need to do to improve. 

Look at these examples for marking from a Maths and English book.


For more information, please take a look at our policy attached below.

To find out what our learners think click on the link Learner Survey Marking and Feedback