I have the unenviable task of creating a new marking policy for my school and as the recent government review into marking highlighted
marking had become a burden that simply must be addressed, not only for those currently in the profession but for those about to enter it.
My school has done lots of work over recent years under the premise of “it’s what Ofsted wants” to try and improve responsive marking as we call it rather than marking. It’s one of the first things I think I will need to unpick. Even though Ofsted have released clarification documents seen below, it’s so entrenched into the accepted norm that many people still believe it to be the case.
I am still at the early stages of this, wanting to spend some of the summer break to get this right, although according to the education endowment foundation’s review on the evidence of written marking my chances are slim if I look at the previous education research of what constitutes effective written marking. So I need to try and be a little more creative or look at other sources.
What would you like to see?
I am keen to try and gather as many opinions as possible to try to shape this policy. I would have loved to have the opportunity to do this with the staff at school, but my appointment came too late in the year given that we finished for summer last Friday . So feel free to comment below on what you would like to see in a marking policy or any ideas.
I have been looking at a number of blog posts and one from @teachertoolkit caught my attention. It was a post from a CPD session he conducted called Power from the floor. There are a couple of elements I really like from this. The first being Yellow Box Marking
Yellow Box Marking
This is a technique taken from George Spencer Academy, from which you can download a resource showing it here. I think this is brilliant and almost certainly will form a key aspect of the marking policy I implement.
We have a sticker culture within our school at the moment. There are stickers for literacy marking, proformas for regular marking, proformas for assessment marking, stickers with different codes for different subjects, its all a bit confusing for anyone let alone the students. So I want to strip this back and have one consistent marking code across the school, so far I am edging towards the following.
I feel this is just about simple enough, covers the main aspects, but is not too much to remember.
Another aspect from @teachertoolkit I really like is the standardised proforma for book looks he has created. He has one for teachers and then one for a student across subjects. I like this idea a lot, previously we have had a cumbersome proforma for book looks which take’s almost as much time to fill in as to actually complete the book look. His is really quick and simple to fill in with clear next steps.
My next steps are to sit down a little more to really identify exactly what will help our teachers and pupils to make their marking more effective. I will have to make some greater demands on some subjects and reduce the demands for some others, in order to create more consistency, but I want to do it very carefully.