Naked Education #8 : Marking by @retiredgrinch

Marking is ********.

Monitoring and scrutiny of marking is the scrutiny of ********.

Marking policies are policies about ********.

This is a re-blog post by Peter Yeomans being published with kind permission.

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*The original post includes gratuitous swearing

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Hocus pocus systems including highlighting, stars and wishes, WALTS, WILFS  and other such nonsense are ********.  They are all systems designed to be monitored for compliance by SLT.  They help nobody.

There is no research to suggest that marking is anything other than: ********.

Smart Regulation:

Kids need FEEDBACK.

Kids like FEEDBACK.

Kids need immediate FEEDBACK.

Kids improve if they get regular FEEDBACK.

The minimum regulation is:



Smart Solution:

Stop marking so that SLT approve.

Ban marking as a measure of anything other than people with too much time on their hands.

Lengthen your school day by 1 hour so that teachers can spend time talking with kids and discussing issues with their progress.  Not to deliver more content.

This will give all teachers 2 hours of their evening back, where they currently write bollocks in books so that someone else can check they wrote the bollocks in a compliant fashion.


God gave us this tremendous time efficient feedback system.  He gave both children and teachers a pair of ears and a mouth.

Thats all you need.

Stick your stampers, smiley faces and highlighters up your ***.

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