Marking policy across the school has been developed to incorporate a range of marking:
- Children elect what strategy works best for them. the most popular is highlighter marking, detailed below, but includes other ways such as 'live feedback' and peer feedback;
- One piece of writing a week is marked in depth with two stars and a wish. The children respond to the wish in purple pen;
- They also write the wish at the start of the next piece of work and then use a blue highlighter pen to show where they have demonstrated that particular aspect of learning. This builds up across a term, and then the year, and shows the impact that marking is having – the more blue the better!
- This approach supports children in knowing what their next steps are and actively including them in the assessment of their written work;
- Teachers are also able to see where work has been highlighted incorrectly and fill the gaps in that pupil’s knowledge, where mis-learning may have taken place;
- Each staff meeting begins with staff in pairs, demonstrating how their marking has helped individual children make progress, and reflecting upon their practice.