Dyke House Sports & Technology College

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Feedback Policy

Northern Education Trust

Feedback policy


Marking and feedback is an extremely effective way of having a learning conversation between students and teachers. To be effective, marking and feedback must have impact.It is an essential part of the dialogue between student and teacher, contributing to and raising our high expectations.Comments must be meaningful and personal to that student if marking and feedback is to be purposeful.

Verbal feedback

High quality, timely verbal feedback is integral to the assessment for learning process in every lesson. Teachers should move around the classroom throughout the lesson, every lesson. It is important to move strategically throughout the entire classroom and to engage when you circulate. While circulating, identify where support is needed (focus on those pupils who may have struggled with your explanation or who often struggle in lessons), assess and respond to student work, check for understanding frequently as well as question to develop learning further.


The teacher will use red ink when marking work.

Green ink for praise and what the pupil has done well in relation to the specification

The student will use purple ink when peer or self-assessing.

Marking codes. To be displayed in all classrooms and all student books.




This is correct


Work that doesn't make sense


Common words incorrectly spelt

Challenging words incorrectly spelt


Punctuation errors


Check your handwriting


New paragraph


Grammatical errors


Work incomplete/ lacking detail


Work is incorrect


All work should be SPAG marked with student response as a requirement.

Formative marking:

Staff must use PIN marking to give students detailed feedback.

P - Praise/ Positives

Identify what a student has done well in a piece of work - linked to success criteria and specification

I - Improvements

Identify what a student needs to do to improve the work further - linked to success criteria and specification

N - Next Steps

Give students instructions on what to do next - redraft or respond.


Each subject will develop clear protocols in relation to redraft and response. Redraft and response should increase depth of understanding and clearly link to the specification (skills and knowledge to be developed over time by the students) and success criteria for the piece of work to be redrafted.

Summative (once every half term to feed data system)

Full question level analysis and feedback sheet to students using PIN

The teacher will communicate levels and grades through the Academy data reporting system.

Frequency of marking

In Northern Education Trust all students are entitled to receive regular and detailed feedback on their work. In all cases, student work should be marked within the timeframes below:

Core subjects

Every 6-9 hours of learning

EBACC subjects

Every 5-7 hours of learning

Option subjects

Every 5-7 hours of learning

Other subjects

Twice per half term

Student response

Students should be given the opportunity to respond to SPAG and Redraft (PIN) marking as homework or, if appropriate in lesson time. All work marked for redraft or response as should be acted upon in a timely fashion by the student and acknowledged by the teacher.

Student work

All students must have the set presentation guidelines presented in all their exercise books.These are as follows:

  • Dates should be written as 25th April 2017 in the top right had corner of your work and underlined with pencil and ruler- not 25/04/17
  • All work should have a title, underlined with a pencil and ruler
  • All titles and subtitles underlined and then miss a line before completing work
  • At the start of a new piece of work, miss a line under the last piece of work, rule off and start on a new line
  • All work should be completed in black pen
  • Diagrams and drawings should all have a heading and be completed in pencil
  • Only coloured pencils to be used in books
  • Mistakes / errors should be crossed out with one line using a ruler
  • Handwriting should be as neat as possible
  • Books and files are to be kept in excellent condition; doodling or graffiti are not allowed
  • Where homework is completed should be clearly labelled at the top left of the page or in the margin
  • Handwriting and presentation should remain consistent or improve throughout the year


A simple reminder for every lesson (a lesson routine in ALL classes). This must be a formal part of the beginning of every lesson and must be displayed in all classrooms:

P-Use black pen to write

R-Use a ruler for straight lines

O-Oops! Draw a neat line through mistakes using a ruler

U-Underline the date and title

D-Draw in pencil

Consistency of marking and feedback will be reviewed through the Departmental Quality Assurance process as well as Senior Leadership Team Work Scrutiny (termly), lesson observations and walk-throughs.